Sonnet Technologies have introduced a 1TB version of their Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive. The drive is a rugged, pocket-sized solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with a Thunderbolt 3 interface. It is equipped with 1TB of NVMe flash storage and is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. The drive leverages the 40Gb/s bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver read speeds up to 2600 MB/s, and write speeds of up to 1600MB/s.
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Sonnet claim the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive with Thunderbolt 3 is the world’s fastest bus-powered device. Based on the latest PCIe Gen 3 flash memory technology, the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive is more than five times faster than 6Gb/s SATA SSDs and USB 3 SSD drives. It’s capable of delivering file transfer speeds required for just about any 4K or above workflow — whether users need a shuttle drive or a take-anywhere scratch drive for editing high frame rate 4K video at offsite shoots.
Most computers equipped with Thunderbolt 3 connect four PCIe lanes (x4 PCIe Gen 3) to Thunderbolt 3. Some computers connect only two PCIe lanes (x2 PCIe Gen 3) to some or all ports, which will result in performance of the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 Flash Drive being reduced to about 1400 MB/s when connected to those ports.
The drive is 2.8 inches wide by 4.1 inches deep by 1.25 inches tall, and comes in a rugged enclosure crafted out of aluminum, which also helps cool the SSD and eliminates the need for a fan. The drive is bus-powered and doesn’t require an AC power adapter.
Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive: Price and availability
The Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive with 1TB capacity will be available late in September 2017 for $999 US.
Form Factor Portable storage enclosure
Bus Interface 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3
Power Bus-powered via Thunderbolt connection
Operating Temperature 0˚ C to 35˚C (32˚ F to 95˚F)
Data Transfer Speed Up to 2600 MB/s, depending on computer(1)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 2.8 x 4.1 x 1.25 in (70 x 103.2 x 31.5 mm)
Weight 12.25 oz. (347.28 gm.)
RoHS Compliant Yes
Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive with captive 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable