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Qio CF4 Media Reader ExpressCard/34

Qio CF4 Media Reader ExpressCard/34

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Mfr PN: QIO-CF4-E34
Our PN: SNTN5260009
Manufacturer: Sonnet
Platform(s): Mac & Win



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CF Media Reader with ExpressCard/34 adapter card.



Manufacturer Part Number: QIO-CF4-E34

CompactFlash to the Power of Four
CompactFlash (CF) memory cards are rugged, offer high storage capacities, and can deliver fast data transfers; that's why HD camcorders from RED and Canon, as well as DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon, use them. Even as the card specs have improved, moving ever-larger files from from cards to computer has remained mostly a low speed affair. If you have ever ingested files from CF cards, you know what we mean. Plug in the camera or a USB 2.0 reader, grab a cup of coffee and relax while all those gigabytes of data are transferred at around 30 MB/s. But what if you need faster transfers? Or want to ingest files from more than one card at a time? Sonnet's Qio CF4 is the answer to all of these questions.

This Sonnet pro media reader distills the feature set of the award-winning original Qio universal media reader but designed specifically for use with CF media cards. Providing a cost-effective, high-speed multi-slot alternative to stand-alone card readers for pro videographers and photographers alike, Qio CF4s four CF slots enable you to ingest files faster and more efficiently, with aggregate ingest speed up to 400 MB/sec., much faster than USB 2.0 adapters are capable.

Mac, Windows and Thunderbolt Compatible
Sonnet's latest professional media reader offers cross-platform compatibility, extending its usefulness on location and in the studio. Whether you're using a MacBook Pro, HP Z800 or Mac Pro, Qio CF4 fits seamlessly into your workflow. Using a Mac with a Thunderbolt port? Qio CF4 is compatible with Thunderbolt technology and performs at maximum speed when connected with Sonnets Echo ExpressCard Pro Thunderbolt Adapter, xMac mini Server, Echo Express, or Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis, expanding the reach of Qio CF4's benefits to more even more computers than before.

6Gb/s SATA PCIe 2.0 Host Controller Inside
Qio CF4 incorporates two eSATA connectors on the back to enable you to connect two Sonnet Fusion F2QR portable 2-drive hardware RAID SATA storage systems, or other SATA storage to easily ingest files in the field.

Travel and Desktop Companion
This Sonnet pro media reader is smallabout the size of three stacked CD casesand takes up so little space, you can use it just about anywhere. Sharing the same 15cm (5.9') by 16cm (6.2') footprint as the Fusion F2QR storage system, the case measures just 2.5cm (1') tall. Its rugged, toothe robust aluminum case withstands heavy use. For desktop use, a universal 12V output AC power supply with wall plugs for US, Japan, Europe, UK and Australia use is included; it's capable of powering the Qio CF4 plus an attached F2QR. For battery-powered operation, an optional XLR 4-pin adapter cable can route battery power to the Qio CF4 plus one attached Fusion F2QR. This pro media reader even incorporates a Kensington slot for to secure the device and deter theft.

Qio CF4 is available with either a PCIe 2.0 adapter card for desktops or an ExpressCard/34 adapter for notebooks. With the purchase of an additional PCIe 2.0 interface card or ExpressCard/34 interface card, you can move your Qio CF4 from suite to suite, and then to location and back again without breaking a sweat. No matter where you use it, Qio CF4 will quickly become an essential tool in your workflow.

Key Features

  • Four SlotsEnables you to insert and ingest files from four cards at the same time
  • Fast InterfaceDelivers superior performance using PCI Express 2.0 bus interface; available aggregate bandwidth of up to 400 MB/sec.
  • Fast Aggregate Ingest Speed (four cards concurrently)PCIe Interface for Fast Storage (not Qio-Connected): 400MB/s; ExpressCard/34 Interface for Fast Storage (not Qio-connected): 200MB/s; ExpressCard/34 Interface to Qio-connected SATA drives: 100MB/s
  • Mac and Windows CompatibleQio CF4 supports your workflow, regardless the platform you've chosen
  • Built-in SATA ConnectionsIntegrated 6Gb/s SATA host controller with two eSATA ports supports two Fusion F2QR or F3 Hardware RAID SATA storage systems, or supports other compatible SATA drive enclosures.
  • Small and RuggedStrong aluminum case measures just 5.9' x 6.2' x 1'
  • SecuritySlot for Kensington and similar security locks to secure the device and deter theft
  • Package includes Qio CF4, PCIe or ExpressCard/34 interface adapter, interface cable, universal power supply, carrying case, and user's guide


  • Warranty 2-year
  • External Connectors (Qio CF4 Enclosure)
    • Four CompactFlash (CF)
    • Two 6Gb/s eSATA
    • External PCIe 2.0 x1 18-pin
    • Two 12V power
  • Bus Interface PCI Express 2.0 x1
  • Supported Media Type I CompactFlash
  • Drives Supported Two (each of which can be hardware RAIDs of multiple drives)
  • Drives Type Supported Serial ATA
  • Firmware Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
  • Hot Plug Qio CF4 Supported in MacBook Pro and any computer through Sonnet Echo Thunderbolt Expansion products
  • Dimensions WxDxH: 5.9 x 6.2 x 1 in. (14.9 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm)
  • Power
    • 12V @ 3A input
    • 12V @ 0.5A output to support Sonnet Fusion F2QR
  • Absolute Maximum Input Voltage 20V
  • RoHS Compliant Yes

Included Items

  • Qio CF4 professional CompactFlash media reader
  • Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender ExpressCard/34 adapter
  • Universal power supply with 10-foot cable
  • 1-meter external PCIe x1 interface cable
  • Carrying case
  • Users Guide


  • Mac Compatibility
    • Mac OS X Version 10.6.8-10.7.4
    • MacBook Pro with ExpressCard/34 slot (Part No. QIO-CF4-E34)
    • Mac Pro (Part No. QIO-CF4-PCIE)
  • Windows Compatibility
    • Windows 7
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2008
  • PC Compatibility
    • Known Compatible Computers
      • HP Z210
      • HP Z400
      • HP Z800
      • HP XW4200
    • Known Incompatible Computers and Motherboards
      • Dell T5500
      • Dell T7500
      • SuperMicro X8DTH-6F


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