AJA KONA Thunderbolt Drivers Offer Compatibility with Sonnet’s Thunderbolt Expansion Products

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AJA Video Systems announced the compatibility of its KONA family of professional video solutions with Sonnet Technologies Inc.’s family of PCIe Thunderbolt™ expansion chassis. The joint effort allows video professionals to simultaneously tap the processing power and flexible conversion capability of AJA KONA hardware, and the enhanced computer performance and connectivity of the Sonnet expansion chassis.

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AJA’s KONA 3G, KONA LHi and KONA LHe Plus enable capture, display and mastering solutions for a wide range of projects from SD to HD, 2K and 4K. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products for PCIe cards, including the Echo Express line and xMac mini Server, provide external PCIe expansion slots via the high-speed Thunderbolt connection to systems that otherwise would not have PCIe expansion capabilities. A second Thunderbolt port on the Sonnet chassis allows daisy chaining to other Thunderbolt devices.

“Thunderbolt is fast becoming the norm in rapid data transfer and this provides users with access to all of AJA’s hardware capabilities,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “We want to offer our customers maximum performance and flexibility so it’s important for our KONA family to be compatible with these complementary products from Sonnet.”

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“AJA KONA cards are a vital component of the film, video and broadcast markets, industries that heavily employ Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion chassis to optimize processing power in portable systems,” said Greg LaPorte, VP sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “The compatibility of our respective products enables our customers to create powerful yet compact end-to-end solutions.”

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leader in providing storage systems, media readers, and Thunderbolt™ technology PCIe expansion products for professional users of Macintosh®, Windows®, and UNIX® 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.

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and postproduction markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world.

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