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Magma Launches Most User Friendly PCIe Expansion Chassis for Thunderbolt

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SAN DIEGO, Feb. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magma, an innovative and visionary developer of PCI Express® connectivity products, introduces ExpressBox 1T, an expansion chassis with one PCIe 2.0 slot and a lightning fast connection up to 10 Gbps through Thunderbolt. ExpressBox 1T enables serious professionals to use specialty PCIe cards with any Thunderbolt-equipped computer to achieve high performance in any working environment. By adding a PCIe card to the ExpressBox 1T users can transform their computer into a powerful workstation capable of HD video capture and editing, media transcoding, audio processing, data processing, or high-speed storage and networks.

Magma's ExpressBox 1T supports the next generation of "outside the box" high-speed connectivity by providing an easy, rock solid migration path to newer Apple computers while protecting customers' investments in specialized PCI Express peripherals.

ExpressBox 1T guarantees quick and easy installation with no tools required. The chassis is opened with two thumbscrews, and the PCIe card can be installed straight into the card carriage. ExpressBox 1T was also designed with studios in mind, featuring quiet ventilated cooling and two user-controlled fans so users can adjust fan speed and noise level based on their working environment needs. The extruded aluminum shell provides a strong, protective housing that removes heat from the cards inside, while also providing lightweight portability to take high performance wherever work requires.

"Thunderbolt™ delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing," said Jason Ziller, Intel's director of Thunderbolt Marketing. "Products like the Magma ExpressBox 1T help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible."

"Partners have touted ExpressBox 1T as the most user-friendly Thunderbolt expansion solutions on the market," says Randy Jones, CEO and President at Magma. "With superior features over competitors including optimal ease of access, user-controlled fan speeds and noise level, and a durable extruded aluminum chassis, the ExpressBox 1T is the highest quality Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion system for serious professionals. Magma's expertise in developing "outside the box" PCI Express expansion solutions for over 25 years provides a reliable foundation for producing rock solid products that offer the highest performance in the most demanding configurations."

Product Information

ExpressBox 1T offers the largest card length slot (7.75") among all half-length 1-slot Thunderbolt chassis on the market, giving Thunderbolt-equipped computers the power to achieve maximum performance with any compatible half-length PCIe card. Whether the mission involves professional video capture, audio interface, SAS & SATA HBA, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, or a RAID controller card, Magma's family of Thunderbolt products provide the perfect outside-the-box solution for any project.

ExpressBox 1T is a sleek extruded aluminum silver chassis with one PCIe 2.0 slot, two cooling fans with manual speed control, and a 65W external power supply. ExpressBox 1T and up to six Thunderbolt devices can be daisy-chained including Apple DisplayPort, mDP, DVI, HDMI, and VGA monitors. Magma has worked with development partners such as Avid, AJA, Blackmagic, CalDigit, Red, ATTO, Universal Audio, Fusion-io and Promise Technology to validate application performance with the most popular broadcast video and pro audio configurations.

Pricing and Availability

ExpressBox 1T is available for $479 online at Magma or from an authorized worldwide reseller.

About Magma

Magma develops and manufactures PCI & PCI Express Expansion Systems for servers, desktops and portable platforms. Magma's expansion products extend your system's PCI and PCI Express outside the computer over cable to a chassis containing additional card slots. Magma's ExpressBox line of products includes enclosed and non-enclosed solutions ranging from low-end single slot expansion products to fault-tolerant, highly reliable, available and serviceable (RAS) chassis specifically designed for mission critical environments. Magma is dedicated to providing rock solid expansion products for the most demanding configurations.

Magma products are platform independent, and are used in a variety of industries including audio and video production, test and measurement, medical imaging, surveillance, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, data acquisition, and high performance computing. Magma's team of experienced engineers has been developing expansion and connectivity solutions since 1987. Magma products are assembled in San Diego, CA and go through rigorous certification and quality processes.

Magma is the trade name of Mission Technology Group, Inc. For more information about our company or products, call (800) 285-8990 or (858) 530-2511 or visit our website at www.magma.com.





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CONTACT: Victoria Kohlhorst Senior Marketing Manager 858-880-2218 vkohlhorst@magma.com

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