ATTO adapter brings Thunderbolt 3 and 12 Gbps SAS together

ATTO is known for its smart solutions in the field of storage, network connectivity and infrastructure. With the sophisticated ATTO ThunderLink 3128, any SAS installation can now dock to the fast Thunderbolt 3 port and benefit from its performance.


  • 12 Gbit/s SAS/SATA support
  • Auto Negotiation between 12, 6 and 3 Gbps SAS/SATA devices
  • Up to 3500 drives can be addressed via expanders
  • Backward compatible with Thunderbolt 2
  • Operating system support for macOS and Windows
  • Passive cooling (no fan)
  • Highest achievable Mbps and IOPS performance
  • Low energy consumption
  • Superior system performance with the latest SAS/SATA technology
  • Up to 2750 MB/s total throughput
  • Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) Technology Latency Management Technology


ATTO ThunderLink 3128 is the latest member of the ATTO Thunderbolt adapter family. It is the new spearhead in a comprehensive portfolio of ThunderLink adapters that offer solutions for Fibre Channel and Ethernet connectivity in addition to SAS to TB3 and TB2. ThunderLink adapters offer creatives and technicians a fast and low-latency solution designed for performance-hungry applications. Among other things, this is achieved through Advanced Data Streaming technology.
It manages latency times by avoiding gaps in the data stream, ensuring high consistent performance.

Tom Kolniak, Senior Director Marketing at ATTO Technology, is delighted with the new bridge: "The Thunderbolt 3 to 12 Gbit/s SAS/SATA adapter expands the industry’s largest portfolio of Thunderbolt adapters for storage and network connections."

In addition to the latest TB3 platforms, ThunderLink 3128 has also been tested with popular media and entertainment applications, hard drives, SSDs and the latest LTO-8 tape drives. Connecting a Thunderbolt 3 to 12 Gbit/s SAS/SATA adapters with LTO 8 tape drives is an easy and cost-effective way to store, archive and transport large volumes of content. New technologies such as UHD/4K resolution, HDR high contrast or 3D perspective can be used to overcome these challenges at low cost.

Basically, a ThunderLink adapter helps companies achieve storage ROI faster by increasing storage capacity during operation. An increasingly important factor in many industries.


Technical Specifications

40 Gbps Thunderbolt to 12 Gbps SAS/SATA with support for up to 3500 disk or tape devices via expander

12 Gbps SAS/SATA support

Dual 40 Gbps Thunderbolt with display connector, USB 3.1 and PCIe support

Thunderbolt certified for Mac and PC

Dual ports allow up to six devices to be daisy-chained

Mini SAS HD High Density Connectors for copper and fiber optic cables with cable management support

ATTO ConfigTool for individual performance settings

Proven interoperability with leading storage hardware and software vendors

Lowest power consumption in the industry

Support for SAS tape drives and transport layer repeats (TLR) for error handling

Onboard Power Center Pro RAID 0, 1, 1e and 10 included


Backward compatible with 20 Gb Thunderbolt

Supports serial SCSI protocol (SSP), SATA tunneling protocol (STP, SMP, SAT and directly connected SATA protocol).

SES and S.M.A.R.T. support

Flash ROM for easy field updates

Support for wide port devices

management tools

ConfigTool management and configuration utility

Command line interface for extended functionality

Operating system support for macOS and Windows


W x H x D: 10.3 x 3 x 22 (mm)

power input

Input: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 0.6A Max.

Output: 12VDC

External connection

(2) 12 Gbit/s x4 mini-SAS HD connectors (SFF-8644)

environmental factors

operating temperature

Temperature: 0-40° C

Humidity: 10-90% non-condensing


Three years


Firmenkontakt und Herausgeber der Meldung:

Starline Computer GmbH
Carl-Zeiss-Str. 27-29
73230 Kirchheim/Teck
Telefon: +49 (7021) 487200
Telefax: +49 (7021) 487400

Bernd Widmaier
Telefon: 07021 487 200
Fax: +49 (7021) 487416
Markus Wölfel
Telefon: +49-(0)7021-487 244
Fax: +49-(0)7021-487 444
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