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Sonnet Technologies

Qio E3 with Sonnet Bus Extender PCIe Adapter

Mac | PC | PCIe | eSATA
SxS to the Power of Three
Sony's popular XDCAM EX™ professional HD camcorders use high-performance SxS memory cards, which share the same interface and shape as ExpressCard/34 adapter cards. This shared form factor and connector make ingesting footage from your SxS media a simple task in ExpressCard slot-equipped notebook computers—insert the card and go. If your computer doesn't have an ExpressCard slot, you could just plug in the camera or a specialized USB 2.0 SxS 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 E3 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 SxS media cards. Providing a cost-effective, high-speed multi-slot alternative to stand-alone card readers for videographers and studios alike, Qio E3's three SxS slots enable you to ingest files faster and more efficiently, with aggregate ingest speed up to 300 MB/sec., much faster than USB 2.0 adapters are capable.
Mac and Windows 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 E3 fits seamlessly into your workflow.
Tempo SATA 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 Host Controller Inside
Qio E3 incorporates two eSATA connectors on the back of Qio E3 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.

Qio E3 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 E3 from suite to suite, and then to location and back again without breaking a sweat. No matter where you use it, Qio E3 will quickly become an essential tool in your workflow.
Travel and Desktop Companion
This Sonnet pro media reader is small—about the size of three stacked CD cases—and 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. It's rugged, too—the 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 E3 plus an attached F2QR. For battery-powered operation, an optional XLR 4-pin adapter cable can route battery power to the Qio E3 plus one attached Fusion F2QR. This pro media reader even incorporates a Kensington® slot for to secure the device and deter theft.


  • Qio E3 professional SxS media reader
  • Sonnet Bus Extender PCIe 2.0 adapter
  • Universal power supply with 10-foot cable
  • 1-meter external PCIe x1 interface cable
  • Carrying case
  • User's Guide

Product Specifications:

Manufacturer Part Number


External Connectors (Qio Enclosure)

  • Three ExpressCard/34 (SxS)
  • Two eSATA 6GB/s
  • External PCIe 2.0 x1 18-pin
  • Two 12V power

External Connectors (Adapter Card)

  • External PCIe 2.0 x1 - 18

Bus Specifications

  • PCI Express 2.0 x1

Data Transfer Rate

  • Up to 300 MB/s aggregate

Thunderbolt Expansion

  • Expands Sonnet Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter to three ExpressCard/34 slots1

Supported Media

  • SxS
  • SxS Pro™
  • SxS-1™

Drives Supported

  • Two (each of which can be hardware RAIDs of multiple drives)

Drive Types Supported

  • SATA


  • Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version

Hot Plug Qio

  • Supported in MacBook Pro

Operating System Support

  • Mac OS X Version 10.6.8+
  • Mac OS X Lion compatible
  • Windows® 7
  • Windows Vista®
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008

Agency Approvals & Compliance

  • RoHS
  • FCC


  • 12V@3A input
  • 12V@ 0.5A output

Absolute Maximum Input Voltage

  • 20V


  • 5.9 x 6.2 x 1 in. (14.9 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm)


  • 4.0 lbs (1814 g)



  1. Supports only cards and devices compatible with Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Sonnet Technologies p/n QIO-E3-PCIE UPC#: 732311008290


This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Mid 2010 Quad-Core)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.8GHz, 3.2GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.40GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.06GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 Quad-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 8-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, 3.2GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (8-core)
(April, 2007)
Model ID: MacPro2,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro
(August, 2006)
Model ID: MacPro1,1
2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, 3.0GHz
PC Desktop
PC Desktops
Compatible with Intel / AMD Process based PCs capable with the specifications listed above.
Sonnet Technologies Qio E3
with Sonnet Bus Extender PCIe Adapter Mfr P/N: QIO-E3-PCIE OWC SKU: STIQIOE3PCIE Professional SxS Media reader/writer plus eSATA Host Controller. High speed file transport center for video editing. Sonnet Technologies 2 Year Limited Warranty
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