Le communiqué ci-dessous de Sonnet concernant la livraison à nouveau retardée du boîtier Echo 15/15Pro.
Cette fois-ci c’est parce que Sonnet a décidé de le livrer en version Thunderbolt 2 et de le rendre Windows compatible. Deu choix qui ont un sens mais qui malheureusement repoussent à l’été 2014 la livraison probable de ce « super hub » tant attendu.
Following our last Echo 15 and Echo 15 Pro+ Thunderbolt Dock status update, we received very positive feedback and valuable input that confirms these products were designed with the right feature sets. However, there has been an increasingly louder chorus of requests for them to be based on Thunderbolt 2 technology. We carefully considered this input, and, combined with recent clarification of requirements for Windows Thunderbolt compatibility, we have decided to upgrade these products to use Thunderbolt 2 chipsets. Here are the factors we considered in making this decision:
Everybody wants Thunderbolt 2 because it is the latest Thunderbolt technology available! We are listening.
Some workflows require Thunderbolt 2’s 20Gbps bandwidth. With the Echo 15 docks’ multiple options for connecting (internal SATA SSDs, eSATA, USB 3.0, FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet), transferring or editing files at full speed across multiple connections can potentially be throttled by the bandwidth of 10Gbps Thunderbolt. Upgrading the Echo docks to Thunderbolt 2 will make them more capable.
Many customers want to place the Echo dock first in the Thunderbolt daisy chain of devices and connect other Thunderbolt 2 devices downstream. When connected to a Thunderbolt 2 host, a Thunderbolt daisy chain can maintain Thunderbolt 2 bandwidth until a 10Gbps Thunderbolt device is connected, at which point all devices (even TB2) connected downstream connect at 10Gbps bandwidth.
Equipping the Echo docks with Thunderbolt 2 will ensure you won’t regret being an early adopter. Sonnet planned on upgrading the Echo docks to feature Thunderbolt 2 in the future, but as development of these products took longer than expected, we reached the point where it made sense to upgrade them now with the latest technology. With the recent shipment of several Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion chassis, our knowledge and experience is enabling us to quickly modify the dock design to support Thunderbolt 2.
Windows Thunderbolt compatibility requirements. It was recently clarified that Windows can only support a maximum of two PCIe controllers in one Thunderbolt device. The Echo 15 docks have five controllers (which is how they support so many interfaces and internal drives), and would be fully compatible with Thunderbolt 2-equipped Windows computers only if the docks were also based on Thunderbolt 2.
Moving to Thunderbolt 2 will further impact the release schedule of the Echo 15 docks, placing the new projected ship date in summer 2014. We will provide additional progress updates until the products ship.
At this time we would like to apologize for the additional delay in delivering the Echo 15 Docks and express our thanks for your feedback, patience and encouragement.
The Echo 15 Product Team