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Andrew Stone
PCI-e external boxes with Thunderbolt I/O announced
on Jun 26, 2012 at 2:56:28 am

Announced a few days ago (Engadget and elsewhere) is an External PCI-e box marketed to video professionals that uses Thunderbolt i/o.

The box is made by Netstor. Unknown to me. Pricing is yet to be announced.

Here is a link to their product announcement...

http://www.netstor.com.tw/_03/products_Thunderbolt_TB.htm

Does anyone here have information close to the source on this?

They mention dropping in NVIDIA cards, SAS cards and so on in some of their press announcements. It appears they get it. No mention of how many lanes the slots have or if there are bandwidth restrictions somewhere along the datapath.

-Andrew


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Juan Salvo
Re: PCI-e external boxes with Thunderbolt I/O announced
on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:00:10 am

Current tbolt is roughly pcie x4 lanes. So the equivalent of the slowest slot in the current Mac pros.

There have been several other pcie to tbolt chassis announce, some go back almost two years. None have shipped. This is a bit of a pipe dream right now.

By the time CUDA processing over tbolt is truly a reality I suspect nvidia will have released a line of thunderbolt tesla boxes.

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Jean-Philippe Mariani
Re: PCI-e external boxes with Thunderbolt I/O announced
on Jun 26, 2012 at 8:02:06 am

Well, just a bit of correction here, both Sonnet Echo Express PCIe (1 slot) and Echo Express Pro PCIe (2 slots) are shipping since last week and Magma ExpressBox3-T is shipping as well. SO, that makes several choices possible at different price points right now.



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Andrew Stone
Re: PCI-e external boxes with Thunderbolt I/O announced
on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:45:52 pm

Thanks guys for the info. Just saw the Magma page...

http://www.magma.com/thunderbolt.asp

They claim 2 of the 3 slots have 8 lane data paths. No 16x yet which is a real bummer.



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andrew sableton
Re: PCI-e external boxes with Thunderbolt I/O announced
on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:09:50 pm

I thought it had been confirmed that graphics cards will not work over thunderbolt on OSX


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Robert Houllahan
Re: PCI-e external boxes with Thunderbolt I/O announced
on Jun 26, 2012 at 9:04:09 pm

If you look at the Intel white paper on Thunderbolt it is clear that TB is a PCIe X4 interface. Maybe with the new MBP with two TB ports somehow they have combined two x4 lanes to get x8 throughput?

I believe that Apple has stated that there is not GPU support over TB but maybe that will change with drivers.

Still not desktop power in a laptop but pretty interesting if you want to do on set Color work.

-ROb-

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Joakim Ziegler
Re: PCI-e external boxes with Thunderbolt I/O announced
on Jun 26, 2012 at 9:44:01 pm

Is the Magma really shipping now? Their website just says "Preorder now" like it has for ages... I thought the Sonnet had been shipping for a while, though.

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Juan Salvo
Re: PCI-e external boxes with Thunderbolt I/O announced
on Jun 26, 2012 at 9:53:03 pm

If the sonnet is shipping it just started doing so recently.

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Jean-Philippe Mariani
Re: PCI-e external boxes with Thunderbolt I/O announced
on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:56:02 am

Indeed, Sonnet has been shipping for two weeks from now. Magma has started shipping pre-production units. We received and tried out both units. They're a go for the RED Rocket and DIT stuff using a MacBook Pro.. But some restrictions apply with the current RED driver which does not support hot plug and play.



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