Trenton Systems has long been recognized as the leader in PICMG backplane and single board computer technology, designing and building our board-level products with Made-in-USA quality while also offering world-class support along side an unprecedented 5-year factory warranty.

On the performance front there’s been a long list of improvements over the past 10 years, with processors increasing the number of cores available and hard drive density continuing to climb.  For example, Trenton’s new HDEC Series will support Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 Series processors with up to 14 cores (Haswell-EP).

As important as CPU processing power and data storage are to overall system performance, in the worlds of industrial automation, communications, video processing and defense applications the limiting factor is most often I/O bandwidth; another area in which the HDEC (High Density Embedded Computing) platform excels.

HDEC Series Backplane

Base Clock Speed
PCIe 3.0 = 8.0GHz
PCIe 2.0 = 5.0GHz
PCIe 1.1 = 2.5GHz
Data Rate
PCIe 3.0 = 1000MB/s
PCIe 2.0 = 500MB/s
PCIe 1.1 = 250MB/s
Total Bandwidth
PCIe 3.0 = 32GB/s
PCIe 2.0 = 16GB/s
PCIe 1.1 = 8GB/s
Data Transfer Rate
PCIe 3.0 = 8.0GT/s
PCIe 2.0= 5.0GT/s
PCIe 1.1 = 2.5GT/s


HDEC Series Backplane Connections

New high density PCI Express standard edge connectors featured on the HEP8225 HDEC Series system host board provide the largest PCI Express 3.0 I/O pipe available to maximize data throughput and bandwidth.


Two rows of PCIe Card edge fingers more than double the PCIe contact density to deliver 960 total contacts to the backplane, enabling eighty lanes of PCI Express 3.0 connectivity to high performance I/O cards.  The HDEC Series is a revolutionary leap in capability for standard 19 inch rackmount computers, increasing I/O bandwidth for critical applications such as video processing, communications, and GPU computing.

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Will IEMI Become a Bigger Threat Than Computer Hacking?

by Mark Lovett on February 6, 2015

The newswires have been buzzing a lot these days with reports of security breaches – we even mentioned incidents at Target, Sony & Home Depot in a recent blog post on password protection – caused by hackers around the globe seeking to obtain confidential corporate and financial information.  As damaging as those intrusions can be, would bringing down an entire network pose an even greater threat?

Security professionals are now discussing whether Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (IEMI) could in fact be a more potent issue to deal with than hacking.  Targets as diverse as computer networks, industrial facilities, communications networks and devices, transportation and traffic control systems, as well as food and water supply infrastructure are at risk from malicious attacks.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) defines IEMI as the “intentional malicious generation of electromagnetic energy introducing noise or signals into electric and electronic systems thus disrupting, confusing, or damaging these systems for terrorist or criminal purposes.”

Commercial IEMI in Suitcase

The basic issue is one of voltage as ever-expanding computer networks – growing even faster due to the Internet of Things phenomenon – rely on devices which operate at low internal voltages.  These devices usually have minimal protection from high voltage electromagnetic pulses which can reach thousands of volts per meter.  A small electromagnetic weapon can be housed in a suitcase, while a van can obviously contain a much larger version, and is inherently mobile.

A common mistake is to think that systems which reside inside of a building are safe from such weapons, but if your cell phone can work inside a room, such as a data center, an electromagnetic pulse generated nearby can also reach critical systems, causing physical damage or disrupting communications.

Protecting a Building From IEMI - MCKIBILLO

Protecting a Building from IEMI, Illustration by MCKIBILLO

The topic of Electronic Warfare has been around a long time, but it’s military focus has over time broadened to include both commercial and personal electronic infrastructure.  And while traditional computer hacking may continue to steal headlines for some time to come, the day may not be that far off when news reports reference network disruptions that affect critical aspects of our communication systems.

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Trenton Systems Introduced HDEC @ RTECC Santa Clara 2015

by Mark Lovett January 23, 2015

This year’s RTECC (Real-Time and Embedded Computing Conference) show in Santa Clara drew over 1,000 attendees, featured a pair of insightful keynote talks, and became the launchpad for Trenton Systems new HDEC (High Density Embedded Computing) product line. If you don’t recall seeing mention of any HDEC products on the Trenton Systems website, that’s because we’re […]

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Will Password Protection Someday Become Obsolete?

by Mark Lovett January 12, 2015

In the early days of the internet we only needed one password – the one that we used to log on to our dial-up internet service provider.  But in the last 20 years (Netscape Navigator, still in beta, became available on October 13, 1994) the need for passwords has exploded due to online commerce (purchases and […]

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It Was Another Amazing Year For Trenton Systems

by Mark Lovett December 31, 2014

Trenton Systems has always prided itself on being an engineering company.  Not satisfied with integrating third party products, we still design and manufacture a full line of single board computers and PCI Express backplanes that end up in our customer-driven computing solutions. In 2014 we introduced a variety of new board-level products and fully integrated systems, […]

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THD8141 Single Board Computer Touts Haswell Processor

by Mark Lovett December 19, 2014

The Trenton Systems THD8141 single board computer offers a choice of multi-core Intel Xeon E3-1220 v3 or an Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors (formally known as Haswell) and includes support for industry standard PCI Express 3.0 plug-in cards. The THD8141 single board computer utilizes PCIe 3.0 link retimers to ensure maximum single integrity between the processors’ […]

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