Echo Express SE I (Thunderbolt 3 Edition)
1-slot Desktop Thunderbolt 3 Expansion System for PCIe Cards
Connect One Full-height, Half-length+ PCIe Card (Plus Daughter Card) to Computers with Thunderbolt 3 Ports
Are you in the market for a new computer? It’s amazing how much processing power the latest Mac® and Windows®(1), and Linux® computers with Thunderbolt™ 3 ports offer, but thinness comes with a cost—there’s nowhere for you to install PCIe cards for the additional connectivity and processing capabilities beyond what’s offered by a computer’s standard ports. Sonnet’s Echo™ Express SE I (Thunderbolt 3 Edition) is a compact, desktop Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCIe card expansion system that enables you to connect a single PCIe card to any computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports.
The Thunderbolt 3 Connection
This compact desktop expansion system supports one professional PCIe card (video capture, audio interface, 6Gb or 12Gb SAS or SATA host bus adapter, 8Gb or 16Gb Fibre Channel, 10Gb or 40Gb Ethernet, or RAID controller) and connects it to your computer through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable.
Connect a PCIe Card
Use high-performance PCIe cards with any computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port.
One PCIe 3.0 x8 Slot
Supports one half-length+ (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe card (plus one daughter card).
40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Interface
Offers 2750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth, doubling the performance of Thunderbolt 2.
Small. Light. Full Performance.
Takes up little space on the desktop, but large enough to support nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card, at full performance.
Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports
One port connects to computer; second port supports daisy-chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices.
Temperature-controlled, variable-speed fan automatically and quietly cools the card.
Energy Saver Mode
Powers on/off automatically with the computer.
Rugged Aluminum Housing
Provides robust and secure protection.
Power for Peripherals
Daisy chain port provides up to 15W of power to connected peripherals.
Free Lifetime Tech Support
Sonnet was established in Irvine, California in 1986. Since then, we’ve pioneered and brought to market many innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac, Windows, and other industry-standard computers. Many of our employees (including engineers) have been with the company for more than 20 years (some have been here since the beginning). We have a wealth of knowledge about our current and past products. Should you ever need technical support on one of our products, contact us; we’ll be around to help you.
Nearly Every Thunderbolt-Compatible, Non-GPU PCIe Card Supported
Designed to accommodate cards up to 7.75 inches long and measuring a compact 5.6 inches wide by 8.6 inches long by 3.5 inches tall, the Echo Express SE I has a small footprint, yet it is large enough to support nearly every Thunderbolt 3-compatible PCIe 3.0, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 1.1 card available. Do you have a card in mind but aren’t sure it’s compatible? We’ve put together a list in our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart (PDF). There you’ll find cards identified as conforming to Thunderbolt technology requirements, and organized by fit and power compatibility with specific expansion system.
All Around Smart Design
Aluminum Enclosure. Auto Power On/Off.
Echo Express SE I's lightweight, yet rugged aluminum outer shell securely houses the installed PCIe card. Since Echo Express products automatically power on and off with your computer, there is no power switch on the chassis, ensuring you don’t waste energy by forgetting to turn it off.
One PCIe 3.0 Slot and Space for a Daughter Card
Echo Express SE I features an x8 PCIe slot, and supports one half-length+, full-height, single- or double-width PCIe card. Double-width? Some pro video and audio interface cards, such as Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. The daughter card occupies the adjacent space without filling a PCIe slot.
Echo Express SE I is designed to be ultra-quiet so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments. The airflow path within the chassis has been specially designed to enable the temperature-controlled, variable speed fan to quietly and efficiently cool the installed card at all times, even during peak operation.
Included at No Extra Charge
Thunderbolt 3 Cable. ThunderLok 3.
Sonnet includes a 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable that, unlike some other cables, transfers data at Thunderbolt 3’s full 2750 MB/s bandwidth, and supports up to 100W of Power Delivery (PD). Sonnet also provides a ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(2) that prevents accidental cable disconnections—just slide it over one end of the cable, and then plug in the connector and secure it to the chassis by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.
Fastest External Interface Available
Echo Express SE I (Thunderbolt 3 Edition) features a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface, which offers double the PCIe bandwidth and connectivity of Thunderbolt 2, and yields up to 2750 MB/s of bandwidth, enabling it to support 4K video capture and processing cards at high frame rates, and 16Gb FC cards and dual-port 10GbE cards at full performance
Thunderbolt 3 –
The USB-C That Does It All
Echo Express SE I (Thunderbolt 3 Edition) includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports; the first connects it to your computer, while the second supports daisy chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices to a single port on your computer. The SE I also includes 10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2 support, meaning you can connect a USB device to the second port using the proper cable or adapter. For connected peripherals requiring extra power, 15 watts is provided to connected bus-powered devices. With the ability to handle multiple demanding, high performance PCIe cards, support for connecting two 4K displays @ 60Hz or one 5K display @ 60Hz, and support for a vast array of Thunderbolt and USB devices, Thunderbolt 3 is a leap forward in every way.
|ECHO-EXP-SE1-T3||Echo Express SE I - Thunderbolt 3 Edition Thunderbolt 3-to-PCIE Card Expansion System|
|Form Factor||Desktop Thunderbolt 3-to-PCIe card expansion system|
One PCIe 3.0 slot
|PCIe Cards Supported(9)||One half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), single-width, full-height x8 PCIe card plus one daughter card|
|Compatible PCIe Cards(10)||Up-to-date PCIe cards listed on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart and as specified by card manufacturers|
|Power Adapter||Universal 60W, 100-240V, 50-60 Hz|
0C to 35C (32F to 95F)
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||5.63 x 8.63 x 3.5 in. (14.29 x 22.01 x 8.85 cm)|
|Weight||2.6 lbs. (1.18 kg)|
Note: PCIe cards old separately
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
Mac with Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 ports and Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
PC with a Thunderbolt 3(1)
Windows 10, 8, 7
Important note: Your PC may require updates to insure that the Thunderbolt 3 ports function properly. Review this web site for further instructions.
PCIe Card Compatibility
For up-to-date PCIe card compatibility see our PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart