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**DISCONTINUED** Sonnet Technologies Qio with Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender ExpressCard/34 Adapter

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Sonnet Technologies Qio with Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender ExpressCard/34 Adapter

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 Professional Universal Media reader/writer plus eSATA Host Controller. High speed file transport center for video editing. 2 Year Sonnet Warranty (QIO-E34)


Sonnet Technologies

Qio with Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender ExpressCard/34 Adapter

Mac | PC | ExpressCard | eSATA
Multiple Slots, Quick Input and Output
Sonnet's Qio is a multi-tasking marvel; this is the industry's 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 SDXC™—and SATA storage systems with an eSATA interface, all at high speed. Replacing multiple standalone card readers, Qio's 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 users4 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. Qio's support of integrated hardware RAID controllers also enables you to connect four drive enclosures like Sonnet's 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.
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 Sonnet's Fusion F2 storage system, the case measures just 3cm (1.2") 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 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 F2's. This pro media reader even incorporates a slot for Kensington® and similar security locks to secure the device and deter theft.



  • Replaces Multiple Card Readers—Comprehensive memory card compatibility with support for Sony® SxS; Panasonic® P2; CompactFlash; SDHC and SDXC cards (with included adapter)
  • Fast—Uses PCI Express® bus interface to deliver superior performance; aggregate bandwidth of 200 MB/sec.
  • Mac and Windows Compatible—Qio works with in your workflow, regardless the platform you've chosen
  • Built-in SATA Connections—Integrated, 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 Rugged—Strong aluminum case measures just 5.9" x 6.2" x 1.22"
  • Security—Slot for Kensington and similar security locks to secure the device and deter theft
  • 2 Year Sonnet Warranty




  • Qio universal professional media reader/writer
  • Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender ExpressCard/34 adapter
  • 1-meter external PCIe x1 interface cable
  • SD card adapter
  • Universal 12V power supply with 10-foot cable
  • Carrying case
  • User's guide


Product Specifications:

Manufacturer Part Number

  • QIO-E34

External Connectors (Qio Enclosure)

  • Two CompactFlash (CF)
  • Two CardBus (P2)
  • Two ExpressCard/34 (SxS)
  • Four eSATA 3Gb/s Ports3
  • External PCIe x1 - 18
  • Three power

External Connectors (Adapter Card)

  • External PCIe x1 - 18

Bus Specifications

  • PCI Express x1

Data Transfer Rate

  • Up to 200 MB/s aggregate

Supported Media

  • Type I CompactFlash
  • P2
  • P2 E-series
  • SxS
  • SxS Pro
  • SXDC using included adapter

Drives Supported

  • Up to 161

Drive Types Supported

  • SATA


  • Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version

Hot Plug Qio

  • Supported in MacBook Pro2 with Mac OS X 10.6.8+

Drive Types Supported

  • SATA

Operating System Support

  • Mac OS X Version 10.6.8+
  • Mac OS X Lion compatible
  • Windows® 74
  • Windows Vista®4
  • Windows Server 2008 R24
  • Windows Server 20084

Agency Approvals & Compliance

  • RoHS
  • FCC


  • 12V@3A input
  • 2 X 12V@ 0.5A output

Absolute Maximum Input Voltage

  • 14V (Rev A, B, C)
  • 20V (Rev D and later)


  • 5.9 x 6.2 x 1.2 in. (14.9 x 15.7 x 3 cm)


  • 4.0 lbs (1814 g)


  • 2 Year Sonnet Warranty


  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Known Incompatible Computers and Motherboards
    • Dell XPS400
    • HP E180T
    • SuperMicro X8DTH-6F

Manufacturer provided specifications for Sonnet Technologies p/n QIO-E34 UPC#: 732311007248

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Manufacturer Sonnet
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UPC 732311007248
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