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Sonnet's Qio(TM) Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer Wins Creative COW Blue Ribbon Award

'Best New Peripheral Device' (August 05, 2010)
DMN Newswire--2010-8-5--Sonnet Technologies today announced that the company's Qio(TM) professional universal media reader/writer has been honored with a Blue Ribbon Award from Creative COW (Communities of the World) Magazine in the category of "Best New Peripheral Device." Blue Ribbon Award winners are chosen by COW members who are working professionals in the film, broadcast, and production industries, and the award honors their favorite products from the NAB show.

Designed for in-studio or on-location applications, Sonnet's Qio features dual P2, SxS, and CompactFlash(R) media slots and can transfer data from two cards concurrently, allowing users to offload files more quickly and efficiently. An included adapter handles SDXC cards. Qio moves files between any cards, attached drives, or host computer with aggregate bandwidth up to 200 MB/sec. For quick migration of data, Qio integrates a four-port eSATA 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 to as many as 20 SATA drives.

Qio connects to a computer through an included interface adapter (ExpressCard(R)/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(R), and more, while the P2 slots accept CardBus adapters.

"More than a magazine, Creative COW represents an entire community of media professionals who work with a superabundance of products every day," said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "To have them select our Qio as the best new peripheral device is quite gratifying."

The Qio will be on display for attendees in the Sonnet stand 7.G03 at the upcoming IBC2010 show in Amsterdam, Sept. 10-14. More information on Sonnet and its 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(R), Windows(R), and UNIX(R) 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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