Sonnet announces Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) PCI Express Adapter Cards

Sonnet Technologies has announced the Presto 10GbE SFP+ Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express 2.0 card and the Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express 3.0 card. 

Both are solutions for adding lightning-fast 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network connectivity to Mac Pro towers, Windows PCs, Linux servers, and computers with Thunderbolt ports via Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion systems. These Sonnet adapter cards allow users to connect their computers via optical or copper cables to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard. 

The Presto 10GbE SFP+ is a low-profile PCIe 2.0 x8 card designed for users who need to connect through optical network infrastructure. It’s equipped with two SFP+ sockets, allowing users to select either short-range (up to 300 meters) or long-range (up to 10 kilometers) SFP+ transceivers (sold separately) and connect their computers to a switch or other 10GbE interface at long distances via LC optical cables (sold separately). Users may also select RJ45 copper SFP+ transceivers (sold separately) to connect their computers to a switch or other 10GbE interface via inexpensive CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively, or Twinax direct-attach copper cables for connections up to 10 meters (sold separately). 

The Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T is a low-profile PCIe 3.0 x4 card designed for users who need to connect to network infrastructure via common copper cabling. It is equipped with two RJ45 ports, enabling users to connect their computers to a switch or other 10GbE interface via inexpensive CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively.

The Presto 10GbE SFP+ is available now for US$399. Short-range 10GBASE-SR SFP+ transceivers and long-range 10BASE-LR SFP+ transceiverare available for $69 and $149 each, respectively. The Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T (part number G10E-2X-E3) is also available now for $399.