Topic: Netstor PCIe Expansion for laptop and desktop computers
Netstor, a taiwanese hardware manufacturer, provide a solution for operating up to three PCIe cards (e.g. HDSPe MADI) in an external expansion case.
The TurboBox NA211A can be connected both to laptops with an ExpressCard interface card and to desktop computers with a PCIe interface card. Connection cables come in several lengths.
We have tested both ExpressCard and the PCIe variety. ExpressCard was tested with PC laptops, including my slightly outdated Acer Extensa. Operation with HDSPe MADI, RayDAT and AIO was flawless.
Furthermore, a test with two HDSPe MADI cards was performed on a current Mac Pro, both in OS X and Windows 7, using Reaper and Sequoia 11. Both platforms allowed recording of 128 audio tracks (24 bit, 48 kHz) with no apparent problems.
This expansion can turn a laptop into a multitrack recorder with channel counts that would otherwise not be achievable.
The Turbobox can be opened easily, and cards can be installed or removed without problems, allowing flexible setups.
A list of international distributors can be found here: http://www.netstor.com.tw/_06/06.php
NetStor Turbobox with two HDSPe MADI, one without expansion box, top cover removed