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.

Real-Time and Embedded Computing ConferfenceIf you don’t recall seeing mention of any HDEC products on the Trenton Systems website, that’s because we’re still putting the finishing touches on what will prove to be a revolutionary new board and system level computing architecture.

For those in attendance, you hopefully had a chance to catch John De Leo’s technical session on the HDEC’s many features, advantages and benefits.  Here’s an overview of what he covered:

How can an embedded computing system take full advantage of the expanded PCIe Gen3, device I/O and processing capabilities of the Grantley-EP platform? The Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processor family will present new opportunities for high-density computing. With up to 24 cores and 80 native PCIe 3.0 lanes in a dual-socket embedded configuration, this platform offers extraordinary performance & I/O capability.

The problem is that not all standard form factors take full advantage of the processor’s I/O, potentially leaving the processor starved for data. To overcome this barrier, designers need new form factors that can match the processor’s architectural advancements. Applications with potential I/O bottlenecks will include military computing, industrial automation, medical diagnostics, imaging, and energy production and exploration. Big data applications are becoming more common in mission-critical applications, and the diversity of these applications calls for platforms that are flexible enough to handle a wide range of mission requirements.  Addressing these critical factors led to the development of the HDEC platform.

Trenton Systems Booth at RTECC Santa Clara 2015

Setting Up the Trenton Systems Booth at RTECC Santa Clara 2015

We will be releasing detailed HDEC specifications in the near future, but for now the chart below provides a high level overview of what you can expect from the HDEC product family.  In short, higher performance, increased data bandwidth, and the ability to take advantage of 80 lanes of native PCI Express 3.0, housed within a standard 19″ rackmount form factor (as well as custom enclosures) and supporting existing PCIe I/O cards.  Call a Trenton account manager today and ask for further details on HDEC @ (770) 287-3100.

High Density Embedded Computing System Architecture

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Will Password Protection Someday Become Obsolete?

by Mark Lovett on 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 banking), our work, and social networks.  It’s not uncommon these days for individuals to need 20-30 passwords.

“Mosaic Communications’ new Netscape provides cruise control for the information superhighway,” said Tim Weil, senior systems engineer at British Telecom and an early user of Netscape. “It offers excellent Internet navigation capabilities, intelligent usage information, faster access and great in-line graphics.

It seems that every week we hear about a new corporate hacking incident (Target, Sony and Home Depot) and most of us have received spam messages from a friend’s hacked Facebook, Twitter or email account.

But according to Intel, we should see a major shift in how accounts are protected and accessed due to the proliferation of sophisticated biometric authentication techniques.  Common approaches already include:

  • fingerprint
  • palmprint
  • voice recognition
  • face recognition
  • retinal scan
  • iris scan

As you might expect, Intel Security has been working on a solution and recently announced True Key, an application that has the potential to radically change how we are authenticated online.

Intel True-Key Smartphone Security

Once the True Key application is installed (phone, tablet or computer) you can access local apps, websites and other devices such as point of sale terminals.  Featuring its own password generator, combined with military-grade encryption and advanced security technologies, the intent of this solution is to remove the need to manually enter a password.

The ‘Face Unlock’ feature found in True Key captures a template of your face and creates a mathematical representation of key facial attributes – size, shape and position of various features. This mathematical calculation, instead of an actual photo, is stored locally on your device (not your photo) and encrypted for added safety.

“Our Face Unlock already has unique detection features to thwart spoofing, but 3D-depth detection using Intel RealSense will take this to another level” – Dr. Richard Reiner, VP of Technology at Intel’s Safe Identity Solutions Division

Won’t it be nice to finally toss that scrap of paper in your desk that has all your passwords written down?

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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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Long Life Motherboard Powers TRS3500 Rackmount Computer

by Mark Lovett December 8, 2014

Utilizing the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, formally known as Haswell-EP, Trenton Systems TRS3500 3U rackmount computer features a long-life, dual-processor motherboard that ensures stable system configurations at an extremely competitive price. The EATX motherboard in the base-system configuration is populated with two Intel® Xeon® E5-2620 v3 processors that come with a 5 to […]

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2U Rackmount Workstation Combines Value and Performance

by Mark Lovett November 21, 2014

While the majority of customer-driven computing solutions designed by Trenton Systems are based on a combination of single board computers and PCI Express backplanes, which provide the greatest degree of configuration flexibility, we also build long-life workstations based on uATX motherboards that feature 4th Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 (Haswell) processors. In the case of Trenton’s new TWS2500 2U rackmount workstation, the […]

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