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Sonnet's Qio(TM) Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer Wins 2010 NAB Best of Show Black Diamond Award

(April 28, 2010)
DMN Newswire--2010-4-28--Sonnet Technologies today announced that the company's Qio(TM) professional universal media reader/writer has been honored with a 2010 NAB Best of Show Black Diamond Award from DV magazine. The annual awards recognize outstanding achievement in the advancement of the art and science of video technology.

"The recognition by DV magazine speaks volumes about Qio as a breakthrough product for videographers; a truly convenient, cost-effective alternative to stand-alone card readers," said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "We have worked hard to build a solid reputation as a provider of highly reliable solutions for professional users in the film, video, and broadcast industries, and it is an honor to have our efforts recognized with this prestigious award."

Designed for in-studio or on-location applications, Sonnet's Qio features dual P2, SxS, and CompactFlash® slots and can transfer data from multiple cards concurrently, allowing users to offload files more quickly and efficiently. An included adapter handles SDHC cards. Qio moves files between any cards, attached drives, or host computer with aggregate bandwidth up to 250 MB/sec. For quick migration of data, Qio integrates a four-port SATA controller based on Sonnet's Tempo(TM) SATA E4P card, enabling users to connect two Sonnet Fusion(TM) F2 portable storage systems, or up to four eSATA drive enclosures for access of up to 20 SATA drives.

Qio connects to a computer through an included cable and interface adapter (ExpressCard®/34 for notebooks, PCIe for desktops). The adapter extends the computer's PCIe bus outside the box, effectively adding expansion slots to the desktop. The reader/writer's SxS slots also accept ExpressCard/34 adapter cards, including Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, USB, FireWire®, and more, while the P2 slots accept CardBus adapters. 

NewBay Media's Broadcast & Video Group, which also includes, Digital Video Expo, Videography magazine,, and the Creative Planet Community websites, is uniquely poised to recognize the full spectrum of video technology on display at NAB. A select panel of engineers, editors, and production and post professionals joined the magazine's staff to judge the NAB Best of Show Black Diamond Awards for DV magazine.

"Our teams searched the NAB show floor for products that were truly deserving of recognition," said NewBay Media Broadcast & Video Group Vice President and Group Publisher Eric Trabb. "Recognition with an award at NAB from the Broadcast & Video Group is a strong vote of confidence and admiration from this leading industry publication."

Sonnet will be featured in the July 2010 issue of DV magazine, as well as online at More information about the company's products is available at  

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. of Irvine, Calif., is a leader in providing storage systems for professional users of Macintosh®, Windows®, and UNIX® systems in the film, video, and broadcast industries. Since its founding in 1986, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative solutions that enhance the performance and connectivity of Macintosh and industry-standard computers. Today, the company is a world-leading computer hardware upgrade company with a product line featuring a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable storage solutions, as well as a variety of performance-extending upgrade cards. More information is available at   


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