Sonnet Announces Cost-Effective Qio™ CF4 Professional CompactFlash® Media Reader


Device is Industry's First Dedicated Four-Slot Professional CF Media Reader Compatible with Thunderbolt™ Technology

Last Updated: June 23, 2012 3:58 am GMT
(Irvine, California--June 23, 2012) Sonnet Technologies today announced the launch of the Qio™ CF4 professional CompactFlash® (CF) media reader. The latest member of the Sonnet Qio series of professional media readers offers a high-speed, cost-effective alternative to conventional card readers for videographers, studios, and photographers alike. The CF4 is the first four-slot CompactFlash (CF) memory card reader available with support for concurrent file ingest from all four slots and an integrated two-port 6 Gb/s eSATA interface for connecting external storage systems.

With Sonnet's Qio CF4, users can transfer data concurrently from four CF memory cards used by professional HD camcorders from RED® and Canon®, as well as DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon®, thereby dramatically increasing efficiency by reducing ingest times. The Qio CF4's fast PCIe 2.0 interface delivers an aggregate ingest speed of up to 400 MB/sec with four CF cards, enabling users to copy files rapidly among cards, attached storage, and computers. Designed for both in-studio and on-location use, the CF4 features a compact, rugged aluminum case with the same 15-centimeter by 16-centimeter (5.9-inch by 6.2-inch) footprint as the original Qio, but with a thinner profile, yielding a lightweight and highly portable ingest device.

The Qio CF4 is compatible with Thunderbolt™ technology and performs at maximum speed when connected with Sonnet's Echo™ ExpressCard® Pro Thunderbolt Adapter, xMac™ mini Server, Echo Express, or Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis. Two eSATA connectors on the back of the Qio CF4 enable the user to connect two Sonnet Fusion™ F2QR or F3 portable two-drive hardware RAID SATA storage systems or other SATA storage. These fast SATA connections accelerate card ingest when an eSATA interface is not otherwise available on a computer.

"The Qio CF4 is ideal for our customers who don't need the variety of slots included in the original Qio, but instead require multiple CF slots in their workflow," said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "Studios that use RED ONE®, RED EPIC®, and Canon and Nikon pro digital cameras will find that the CF4 delivers incredibly fast ingest speeds for increased efficiency."

Compatible with Mac OS® X 10.6.8+ (including Lion®), Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista®, and Server 2008, the Qio CF4 is now available at a suggested retail price of $599 with either an internal PCIe 2.0 interface card or an ExpressCard/34 interface card. More information on Qio CF4 is available at

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Re: News: Sonnet Announces Cost-Effective Qio™ CF4 Professional CompactFlash® Media Reader
by Nathan McAlpine
I don't see using all four at once, but I'd definitely do two. Two external drives, one card to each. I want one! Plus you're getting eSATA, I'm still rocking a USB.

~ Nate
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