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Sonnet USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 PCIe Adapter Card Introduced

By Joy Hou - on 23 Sep 2013, 6:35pm

Sonnet USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 PCIe Adapter Card Introduced

Sonnet has introduced the Tango 3.0 PCIe, a combination USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 PCIe adapter card.

Image source: Sonnet.

The Tango card provides users with a simple way to add USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity to Mac Pro and Windows computers with PCIe slots, and to Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis. This Sonnet adapter can run bus-powered devices such as hard drives through each of its ports, and it is also backward-compatible with USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 devices.

The discontinued Mac Pro tower never included native USB 3.0 ports, and many perfectly functional PCs were built with only USB 2.0 ports. Therefore, users wanting to take advantage of the new fast interface have to rely on third-party expansion cards. The Sonnet adapter provides four USB 3.0 ports: two external USB 3.0 ports and a 20-pin header for two internal USB 3.0 ports. The internal ports support panel-mount connector kits (sold separately).

The Tango 3.0 PCIe provides Windows PC and Mac Pro users alike a simple way to add three FireWire 800 ports to any compatible computer with an open PCIe slot.

The Tango 3.0 PCIe adapter card (FW8USB3-E) is now available at a suggested retail price of US$99. The card is compatible with OS X 10.8.4+, OS X Mavericks, and Windows 7 and 8.