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 vertical markets, such as insurance and banking, but also covering critical applications such as transportation, health care and industrial automation.

Modern Factory AutomationUnderlying this framework is the continued movement from PCs to tablets on the device side, the increasing importance of big data storage, analysis, distribution, and the ubiquity of wireless computing which further enables the proliferation of thin clients like tablets & smartphones.

While PCs and laptops could see an erosion of their importance as a result of this shift from programs to apps, servers will continue to play a vital role in the collection and manipulation of these data streams originating from video, audio and sensor sources.

Autodesk Drawing On Apple iPadIn the end, the point is not so much about Apple / IBM, but in the push by more vendors, across many industries to provide better, and thus more actionable, information and connectivity for the end user.

There’s little doubt that as enterprise level iOS apps are launched the legions of Android developers will follow suit, thus allowing competition to expand the pool of solutions available to commercial and government programs.

Within military applications this shift is key from a standpoint of providing the most advanced solutions that are based on common hardware (tablets and smartphones) already deployed on the home front. But in the world of big data, with the need to handle terabytes of mixed data streams, multi-core CPU based systems that can be virtualized, or operated in conjunction with GPUs and FPGAs are the critical bridge between raw data and actionable intelligence.

Trenton Systems TRC4014 and BXT7059 Combo

Trenton Systems TRC4014 Rackmount Computer and BXT7059 Single Board Computer

Providing that bridge is something Trenton Systems excels at, with a broad offering of multi-core single board computers and PCI Express backplanes housed in rugged enclosures designed for deployment in difficult industrial and military environments.  In the end, mobile computing begins at the server.

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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.

Trenton Systems TVC2404 2U Rackmount Video Wall ControllerThe TVC2404 features our BPC8219 PCIe backplane with four PCIe card slots and choice of SBC such as the single processor TSB7053 or JXTS6966 or dual processor JXT6966 or BXT7059.

Data storage options include mounting for up to two front-access, hot-swap drives (HDD or SSD), and to maximize reliability, the system, utilizes a 2U, rear-mounted, 90-264VAC redundant power supply.

The lightweight, yet rugged aluminum enclosure is ideal for challenging environments subject to shock and vibration, as well as deployments where SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) considerations are of vital importance for military applications.

Key features of the BPC8219 PCI Express backplane include:

  • 2U butterfly form factor backplane supports a wide variety of 2U chassis designs
  • Side A supports one x16 PCI Express slot driven by a x4 PCIe link from the SBC
  • One 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet port is available on side A
  • Side A supports one PICMG 1.3 single board computer
  • Four USB interfaces are available on side A
  • Side B has three x16 PCIe slots driven by a 16-port/64-Lane PCI Express 2.0 switch
  • PCIe backplane optimized for use with vertical ATX/EPS and +12 AUX power connectors

Trenton Systems features a full line of video wall controllers that can accommodate from 1 to 17 high performance video input/output cards.  Let us design a customer-driven video wall controller solution that is built to your exact requirements.

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Electronic Warfare Technology Meets Cyber Warfare Reality

by Mark Lovett July 11, 2014

While news regarding new aircraft designs often garner the most attention in the defense/aerospace industry, technology upgrades have become the most typical path for introducing advanced features, especially when it comes to addressing the needs of traditional electronic warfare, a discipline that is increasingly bumping into the domain that we usually attribute to cyber warfare. Beyond the classic functions […]

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Farnborough Airshow to Highlight the F-35 Lightening II

by Mark Lovett June 30, 2014

If you’re in the aviation trade, you won’t want to miss the famous Farnborough International Airshow, which opens its doors from July 14th to 20th.  And for those who are fans of aviation technology, the Farnborough Airshow, happening on July 19th and 20th, is open to the general public. The theme for the flying display […]

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Intel Begins Broadwell Processor Innovation With Mobile PC

by Mark Lovett June 22, 2014

Every generation of Intel processor raises the bar in regards to features and performance, and the launch of their Broadwell family is no different.  While the server end of the market still has to wait awhile, Intel provided a peak at what’s in store for the mobile market during  COMPUTEX in June. This reference design represents the […]

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New Supercomputer Accelerates Oil & Gas Exploration Process

by Mark Lovett June 13, 2014

Subsurface imaging technology is at the center of global oil & gas exploration, as petroleum engineers strive to produce more accurate maps of geological formations which help to identify critical reservoirs. Advanced seismic processing allows these engineers to find lucrative ‘pay zones’ of oil and gas within giant fields, and the use of modern supercomputers dramatically reduces […]

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