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Our PN: SNTN5260015
Manufacturer: Sonnet
Platform(s): Win



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Quick Overview

Sonnets Qio (pronounced Cue-Eye-Oh) is a multi-tasking marvel. Qio reads from and writes to just about any memory cardP2, SxS, CompactFlash®, SDHC, and SATA storage systems with an eSATA interface, all at high speed.



Manufacturer Part Number: QIO-PCIE-W

Multiple Slots, Quick Input and Output
Sonnets Qio is a multi-tasking marvel; this is the industrys first device that supports all major HD video memory card formats in one compact, high-performance device. Qio reads from and writes to just about any memory card SxS, P2, CompactFlash, SDHC and SDXCand SATA storage systems with an eSATA interface, all at high speed. Replacing multiple standalone card readers, Qios dual P2, SxS, and CF slots enable you to ingest files more efficiently, and the included SD card adapter handles SDHC and SDXC media. Qio reads files from any combination of cards with aggregate bandwidth up to 200 MB/sec., much faster than FireWire or USB 2.0 adapters are capable.

Mac and Windows Compatible
Mac users in the film and broadcast industries have come to depend on Qio for its broad media support and ease of use. Now Windows PC users can profit from the capabilities and advantages of this Sonnet professional media reader! Qio offers cross-platform compatibility, further extending its usefulness on location and in the studio. If you already own a Qio, you make it Windows-compatible with an upcoming firmware update.

Tempo SATA E4P Host Controller Inside
Qio contains the heart and circuitry of the acclaimed Sonnet Tempo SATA E4P SATA controller card. Four eSATA connectors on the back of Qio enable you to connect two Sonnet Fusion F2 portable 2-drive RAID SATA storage systems to easily copy files between them. Qios support of integrated hardware RAID controllers also enables you to connect four drive enclosures like Sonnets Fusion D400QR5 to access up to 16 drives!

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

Key Features

  • Replaces Multiple Card ReadersComprehensive memory card compatibility with support for Sony SxS; Panasonic P2; CompactFlash; SDHC and SDXC cards (with included adapter)
  • FastUses PCI Express bus interface to deliver superior performance; aggregate bandwidth of 200 MB/sec.
  • Mac and Windows CompatibleQio works with in your workflow, regardless the platform you've chosen
  • Built-in SATA ConnectionsIntegrated, fast SATA host controller based on Tempo SATA E4P with four eSATA ports supports and powers two Fusion F2 SATA storage systems, or supports SATA drive enclosures with up to 16 drives total
  • Small and RuggedStrong aluminum case measures just 5.9' x 6.2' x 1.22'
  • SecuritySlot for Kensington and similar security locks to secure the device and deter theft
  • Package includes Qio, PCIe or ExpressCard/34 interface adapter, interface cable, SD card adapter, universal power supply, carrying case, and user's guide

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 Sonnets Fusion F2 storage system, the case measures just 3cm (1.2') 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 plus two attached F2s. For battery-powered operation, an optional XLR 4-pin adapter cable can route battery power to the Qio plus attached Fusion F2s. This pro media reader even incorporates a slot for Kensington and similar security locks to secure the device and deter theft.

Included Items

  • Qio universal professional media reader/writer
  • Sonnet Bus Extender PCIe adapter
  • SD card adapter
  • Universal 12V 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+
    • Mac OS X Lion compatible
    • MacBook Pro with ExpressCard/34 slot (Part No. QIO-E34)
    • Mac Pro (Part No. QIO-PCIE)
  • Windows Compatibility
    • Windows 7
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2008
  • PC Compatibility
    • Known Compatible Desktop Computers
      • Dell Dimension 9100
      • Dell T5500
      • HP Z400
      • HP Z600
      • HP Z800
      • HP WJ992ET
      • HP XW4200
      • HP XW8400
      • HP XW8600
    • Known Compatible Notebook Computers
      • HP DV6
    • Known Compatible Motherboards
      • Asus P6T7, Sabertooth X58
      • Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3L
      • Supermicro X8DTH-6F, X8ST3-F, X8STE
    • Known Incompatible Computers and Motherboards
      • Dell XPS400
      • HP E180T
      • SuperMicro X8DTH-6F

Technical Notes
Support for up to 16 drives requires the use of drive enclosures employing either an FIS-based port multiplier or a hardware RAID storage (like Sonnet's Fusion D400QR5).

Qio must be hot plugged into MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt interface. Qio will not be recognized if MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt interface is booted or restarted with Qio attached.

Qio SATA ports are compatible with most external SATA storage. However, external hard drives with USB 2.0/eSATA dual interface based on the Oxford Semiconductor OXU931DS storage controller chip may not be compatible with Mac OS X when connected via SATA. Known issues are kernel panics occurring when the drive is connected, or the drive not being recognized by the operating system.

Summary of external SATA storage
Storage with eSATA alone Compatible
Storage with triple interfaces Compatible
Storage with quad interfaces Compatible
Storage with eSATA plus Firewire 400 and/or 800 Compatible
Storage with port multiplier support (multiple drives) Compatible
Storage with RAID 0, 1, or 5 (multiple drives) Compatible
Storage with eSATA plus USB (based on JMicron 20366) Compatible

These compatible drives include, but are not limited to: OWC Mercury On-the-Go USB 2.0/eSATA 2.5' portable

Storage with eSATA plus USB (based on Oxford OXU931DS) Not compatible

These incompatible drives include, but are not limited to:

  • Western Digital My Book Premium ES Edition
  • Seagate Technology FreeAgent Pro


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