Mac(R) mini 1U Rack Enclosure and Thunderbolt(TM) Expansion System for PCIe Cards Is One of Only Six Award Winners From Entire 2012 NAB Show
IRVINE, Calif. — May 3, 2012 — Sonnet today announced that its xMac(TM) mini Server PCIe 2.0 Expansion System/1U Rackmount Enclosure for Mac(R) mini with Thunderbolt(TM) Ports is one of only six products featured at the recent 2012 NAB Show to be honored with Post magazine’s Post Pick Award. The Post Pick Award recognizes the select best-in-show offerings that are destined to have the greatest impact on post-production workflows.
“Coming from an industry publication as highly respected as Post magazine, the Post Pick Award is a true honor. The fact that our xMac mini Server stood out among the myriad of new products announced, introduced, and displayed at this year’s NAB Show speaks volumes for its versatility and applicability in any production or post-production environment,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “I would like to congratulate our engineers, whose long hours of hard work have resulted in a transformational product that enables media professionals to turn their Mac(R) mini computers into full-function metadata controllers and more.”
The xMac mini Server (previously known as RackMac mini Xserver) transforms a Mac mini into a full-fledged workstation, mounting the computer inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure that contains two PCI Express(R) (PCIe) slots that connect to the computer through its Thunderbolt(TM) port. The expansion system also features a 100W power supply and employs variable speed fans to cool the cards and computer. This system enables users to plug in two PCIe 2.0 adapter cards (one half-length/half-height and one full-length/full-height) to slots connected to the Mac mini via an included Thunderbolt cable, while allowing the daisy chain connection of additional Thunderbolt peripherals to its second Thunderbolt port. The Mac mini’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB, and HDMI interfaces are extended to the back of the unit. In these ways, the Mac mini is able to use expansion cards normally usable only in the Mac Pro(R), and may be deployed as a stand-in for the now-discontinued Xserve(R), for a smaller, lighter, and more compact footprint in either a back office or mobile rack frequently used in on-location shoots for cinema and other media projects.
The Post Pick winners are chosen by Post magazine’s editorial contributors, working post professionals who scour the NAB Show floor to discover the newest products that they feel could have the most positive impact on their own post workflows.
The xMac Mini Server will begin shipping at the end of May for $1,295. More information on Sonnet and its products is available at
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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leader in providing storage systems, media readers, and Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe expansion products for professional users of Macintosh(R), Windows(R), and UNIX(R) systems in the film, video, and broadcast industries. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable desktop and rackmount RAID storage solutions ranging from two- and four-drive portable units, to eight- and 16-drive desktop attached storage with advanced RAID controllers, to 16-drive, 16-port, 8Gb Fibre Channel shared storage systems that are expandable to 384TB. Celebrating 25 years in business, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative solutions that enhance the performance and connectivity of Macintosh, Windows, and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at
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