New 4U Rugged Rackmount Server On Drawing Board

by Mark Lovett on August 22, 2014

It all starts in the mechanical design process, where our engineers utilize existing Trenton Systems components, such as our soon to be released BPG8194 PCI Express Gen3 backplane, and create a rackmount server that will provide customers with a high performance, flexible, computing solution.

TRC4015 4U Rackmount Server Front DrawingThe TRC4015 4U rackmount server is a prime example of our approach to utilizing systems engineering. Designing this solution around the BPG8194 backplane allows end users to craft solutions for demanding applications like a video wall controller or GPU-based computing solution.

System Features Include:

  • Up to 8, front access HDD/SDDs
  • Single or dual-processor SBC
  • Built-in fan speed control
  • Redundant power supply
  • Rugged aluminum chassis
  • 5-year warranty on SBC
  • 5-year warranty on backplane
  • Stable system configurations

TRC4015 4U Rackmount Server Top Drawing

This backplane design feature enables the TRC4015 rackmount computer to support as many as eight, PCI Express x16 video processing or graphics cards with the high bandwidth and data throughput that is offered by GEN3 PCIe x16 electrical interfaces.  Processing options include Trenton’s dual-processor BXT7059 and the single-processor TSB7053.

The front panel also includes a full-width front panel door, a Slim-line optical media bay, two USB ports, diagnostic LEDs, power and system reset switches. The TRC4015 features high-capacity system fans, built-in fan speed control, and front access redundant power supplies to maximize system reliability in demanding computing applications.

We’re gearing up for production in the coming weeks, so now’s the time to give our sales team a call at (800) 875-6031 or (770) 287-3100 to discuss your exact system needs.


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High-Density PCI Express Gen3 Backplane Coming Soon!

by Mark Lovett on August 15, 2014

As we’re all well aware, PCI Express Gen3 can provide a serious performance boost to I/O intensive applications, but few vendors have the expertise needed to build high-density backplanes that can achieve maximum throughput.  For example, the 3.0 specification requires a pre-validation of the link before any data transmission, and if the automatic equalization training cannot establish a reliable link, then it won’t allow the transmission of data at 8Gb/s speeds, resulting in slower than expected card-to-card as well as card-to-SBC data transfers within a typical system design.

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


At Trenton Systems we’ve been working on a new PCI Express Gen3 backplane that will feature eight card slots with PCIe x16 electrical interfaces in order to maximize interface speeds while at the same time lowering data latencies.  So if performance and expandability are important in a mission critical application, this may be the ideal solution.

BPG8194 PCI Express Gen3 Backplane Diagram

The BPG8194 is a standard PICMG® 1.3 backplane designed to serve as the backbone of industrial and military-grade rackmount computer systems that need to support high-performance PCIe Gen3 option cards.  This backplane will also support a wide array of single board computers including our popular dual processor BXT7059, the single processor TSB7053, and the upcoming THD8141 single-processor SBC.

Trenton Systems BPG8194 PCI Express Backplane

Key Features of the BPG8194 PCI Express Gen3 Backplane

  • Supports up to eight high-end video and GPU cards with high speed x16 PCI 3.0 links
  • Five additional x4 PCIe supported with x16 mechanical connectors
  • Enables system designs with built-in expansion capability and longevity
  • PCIe Gen3 link retimers maximizes high-speed data path signal integrity
  • Two 10/100/1000Base-T backplane Ethernet ports
  • Four USB 2.0 backplane I/O connections
  • ATX/EPS vertical and right-angle input power connector options
  • Five-year factory warranty and Made in U.S.A.

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DARPA’s SyNAPSE Project Puts Brain On a Chip

by Mark Lovett August 8, 2014

IBM, in collaboration with Cornell Tech and iniLabs, has created a new computer chip, dubbed TrueNorth, for Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) as part of their Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program. Designed in a fashion that mimics the human brain, the SyNAPSE chip features 4,096 neurosynaptic cores to handle fault-tolerant […]

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Internet of Things Fuels the Smart Cities USA Project

by Mark Lovett July 31, 2014

A previous post explored how the Internet-of-Things crosses business and personal boundaries, and one interesting example is the Smart Cities USA Project, as part of a Federal SmartAmerica Challenge which seeks to encourage adoption of IoT technology and inspire the creation of new solutions. The SmartAmerica Challenge is a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow project with the goal […]

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Recent IBM / Apple Deal May Enhance Industrial Computing

by Mark Lovett July 25, 2014

The recent news that IBM and Apple had forged a new strategic partnership resulted in a lot of people scratching their heads, trying to figure out what it would mean to various market segments in the long term. A key aspect of the deal calls the two companies to develop 100 enterprise applications aimed at specific […]

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TVC2404 2U Video Wall Controller Supports 12 Hi-Def Displays

by Mark Lovett July 18, 2014

Leveraging the architecture of Trenton Systems’ TRC2005 2U rugged rackmount computer, the recently released TVC2404 video wall controller will support up to 12 high-def 1080p video inputs and outputs when configured with three x16 PCI Express video controller cards. The TVC2404 features our BPC8219 PCIe backplane with four PCIe card slots and choice of SBC such as the […]

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