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Sonnet’s DiO(TM) Pro CompactFlash(R) and SDXC(TM) USB 3.0 Media Reader Adds Greater Speed for Pro Media Transfers

IRVINE, Calif. — Oct. 6, 2011 — Sonnet Technologies today announced the DiO(TM) Pro CompactFlash(R) and SDXC(TM) USB 3.0 Media Reader, which enables digital videographers and photographers to transfer files quickly from CompactFlash (CF), SDXC and SDHC(TM) memory cards on location, in the studio, or at the office. With one slot each for CF and SD media, DiO has the ability to transfer data from the fastest professional memory cards at high speeds, making for a significantly more convenient and efficient workflow. This Sonnet reader exploits the 5.0 Gb/s SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface to deliver superior performance with suitably equipped computers and is also backward-compatible with USB 2.0. DiO is compatible with Windows(R) desktop and laptop computers with USB 3.0 ports and with Mac(R) Pro and MacBook(R) Pro computers using a Sonnet Mac OS(R) X-compatible USB 3.0 adapter.

“The DiO Pro CompactFlash and SDXC Media Reader’s dual slots, modern USB 3.0 interface, and its ability to transfer files up to four times as fast as most other card readers save precious time for professional photographers and videographers alike,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Media pros don’t have time to wait for cards to offload. This reader enables them to ingest files to their computers quickly and get back to work.”

DiO is UDMA6-enabled and UHS-I-compliant for CF and SD media, respectively. As a result, Sonnet’s high-performance memory card reader transfers data from currently available CF cards at up to 70 MB/s, and it supports at full speed the fastest available SDXC and SDHC memory cards, as well as future cards up to 104 MB/s, making DiO a superior alternative to USB 2.0 readers. This handy device also supports concurrent and card-to-card file transfers.

The DiO Pro CompactFlash and SDXC Media Reader (part number DIO-USB3) is compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port-equipped Windows desktop and laptop computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista(R), or Windows XP. It is also compatible with Macintosh computers via USB 2.0 or via USB 3.0 in Mac Pro and MacBook Pro systems equipped with Sonnet’s Allegro(TM) USB 3.0 PCIe (part number USB3M-E) or USB 3.0 ExpressCard/34 (part number USB3-2PM-E34) adapters, respectively. DiO is available now at a suggested retail price of $49.95.

More information about the DiO Pro CompactFlash and SDXC Media Reader is available at


More information about Sonnet’s Mac OS X-compatible Allegro USB 3.0 PCIe adapter card is available at


More information about Sonnet’s Mac OS X-compatible USB 3.0 ExpressCard/34 adapter is available at


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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leader in providing storage systems and media readers 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 and SSD RAID units, to 8- and 16-drive solutions with advanced RAID controllers, to 16-drive, 16-port, 8Gb Fibre Channel shared storage systems that are expandable to 384 TB. 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

. DiO is a trademark of Sonnet Technologies, Inc.