Qio Universal Media Read/Writer for P2 PC Card, SxS ExpressCard, and CompactFlash/SDHC + SATA

Qio Universal Media Read/Writer for P2 PC Card, SxS ExpressCard, and CompactFlash/SDHC + SATA Revolutionary — a word typically used as hyperbole in the technology sector, but in the case of Sonnet's Qio, an appropriate word indeed. The Qio is a new device that fulfills long-standing requests by video professionals using Panasonic P2 and/or Sony/Sandisk SxS memory cards. Qio doesn't just provide slots for one or the other, or even one of each, it provides two slots for each! What's more is the Qio also includes two UDMA capable CompactFlash slots make it indispensable for professional still photographers. Qio also reads memory cards including SDHC using the included 21-in-1 Multimedia Memory Card. Qio reads SxS, P2, and UMDA CompactFlash at their maximum throughput, even when reading two cards at the same time! As if this functionality isn't enough, Qio (pronounced Cue-Eye-Oh) has a built in SATA RAID controller with four eSATA ports for use with a range of eSATA storage devices like Sonnet's Fusion F2 portable raids for on the go transfers between media.

Because the Qio attaches to computers via PCIe, directly on desktop computers, and via ExpressCard/34 on notebook computers, it doubles as a full fledged ExpressCard and PC Card/PC CardBus reader. As long as the drivers for a specific PC Card or ExpressCard are available for your operating system, Qio will let you deploy it with modern systems! You can enable swapping the Qio between desktop and notebook configurations by buying a Qio setup for either desktop or notebook and then purchase a spare Qio interface card for the other machine. Qio even includes a XLR 4-pin adapter cable can route battery power (from third party external batteries, sold separately) to the Qio plus attached Fusion F2's.

Part Number and Description Price Add to Cart
SON-QIO-PCIE Qio Universal Media Reader with SonnetBus Extender PCIe adapter for desktops $999.00 Buy Now
SON-QIO-E34 Qio Universal Media Reader with PCIe Bus Extender ExpressCard/34 adapter for notebooks $999.00 Buy Now

Features and Specifications


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

  • Small and Rugged—Strong aluminum case measures just 5.9 x 6.2 x 1.22"
  • Replaces Multiple Card Readers—Comprehensive memory card compatibility with support for Sony® SxS, Panasonic® P2, CompactFlash, and SDHC cards (with included adapter)
  • 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 20 drives(3) total
  • Package includes Qio, PCIe or ExpressCard/34 interface adapter, interface cable, SDHC adapter, universal power supply, XLR 4-pin power adapter cable, software CD, carrying case
  • Fast—Uses PCI Express® bus interface to deliver superior performance; aggregate bandwidth of 250MB/sec.
  • Ships with either Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender PCIe or Sonnet Bus Extender ExpressCard/34 interface card
  • Security—Kensington slot
Warranty Information
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty
Qio Read Performance*
  • P2 Card: 25 MB/sec
  • CompactFlash Card: 85 MB/sec**
  • 2X CompactFlash Card: 170 MB/sec
  • SxS Card: 90 MB/sec
  • 2X SxS Card: 180 MB/sec
  • * Tests were performed in a Mac Pro with Mac OS X 10.6. Card read speeds are independent up to the 250MB/sec aggregate transfer capacity, which is also shared with connected SATA drives.
  • ** Lexar Professional 600X CF Card.
Slots, Ports, and Connectors
  • Two (2) CompactFlash slots (UDMA capable)
  • Two (2) CardBus PC Card slots (Panasonic P2 and others)
  • Two (2) ExpressCard/34 slots (Sony Sandisk SxS and others)
  • Four (4) eSATA ports
  • Three (3) Power Receptacles (1 for Qio, 2 to power option F2 eSATA drives - sold separately)
  • One (1) External PCIe x1 - 18 (for connection to host computer via PCIe or ExpressCard/34)
Data Transfer Speed
  • Up to 250 MB/s aggregate
Supported Media
  • CompactFlash Slots: Type I CompactFlash (UDMA supported)
  • CardBus Slots: P2, P2 E-series
  • ExpressCard/34 Slots: SxS; SxS Pro; SDHC using included adapter
  • RoHS
  • FCC Class B
eSATA Drives Supported
  • Two (2) Sonnet F2 eSATA or similar drives without port multiplier *
  • Up to 20 (Support for up to 20 drives requires the use of drive enclosures employing either an FIS-based port multiplier (like Sonnet's Fusion D500P) or a hardware RAID controller (like Sonnet's Fusion D400QR5 or R400QR5).)
  • * Sonnet Tempo cards 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. A compatibility list is available on request.
Special Features
  • Firmware: Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
  • Bootability: Not Supported
System Requirements Mac
  • MacBook Pro (15" and 17", with ExpressCard/34 slot)
  • Mac Pro
  • Mac OS X Version 10.5+
  • Snow Leopard tested*
  • * Advanced users note that Qio is not compatible in full 64-bit kernel boot. Snow Leopard default boots in 32-bit kernel, except in an Xserve.
System Requirements Windows
  • Compatibility Coming Soon
Electrical Characteristics
  • 12V@3A input
  • 2 X 12V@ 0.5A output
  • Absolute Maximum input voltage 14V
Physical Characteristics
  • WxDxH: 14.9 x 15.7 x 3 cm (5.9 x 6.2 x .1.2 in.)
Package Includes
  • QIO-PCIE Specific: Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender PCIe adapter
  • QIO-E34 Specific: Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender ExpressCard/34 adapter
  • Qio universal professional media reader/writer
  • SDHC adapter
  • Universal 12V power supply with 10-foot cable
  • 1 meter external PCIe x1 interface cable
  • 1 meter XLR 4-pin power adapter cable
  • Carrying case
  • Software CD
  • User's Guide


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