Engineering Custom Systems to Match Application Specs

by Mark Lovett on September 26, 2014

At Trenton Systems our standard products are designed to satisfy a range of applications across a broad spectrum of industries, but in many cases, our customer needs to have a product designed to meet their exact specifications.  This was the case when an OEM customer came to us with a request to engineer a range of custom systems that had to meet exact configuration, operation and certification requirements.

Trenton Systems Custom System Design Process

The key design requirement for the main system was that it needed to contain two independent systems, each of which had to support specific I/O cards.  The solution was to build a PICMG 1.3 backplane along with a dual system chassis that would accommodate two of these backplanes, each with its own single board computer, while meeting the added need to achieve their stringent SWaP objectives.

Trenton Systems Dual Segment Customer Driven Computing Solution

This is just one example of how Trenton Systems can engineer and manufacture a custom system to meet your specific application needs.  Beyond the military application illustrated here, Trenton Systems has also created custom systems and board-level hardware solutions across industries such as energy exploration, oil and gas production, medical diagnostics, big data and machine-to-machine applications.  Give us a call at +1 770.287.3100 or toll-free at 800.875.6031 to discuss your specific application requirements.

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At the present time, the task of taking astronauts to and from the International Space Station is in Russian hands, but that’s about to change based on NASA’s recent announcement that SpaceX & Boeing have been selected to develop transport systems that will deliver American flight crews up to the International Space Station, and do so by 2017.

Known as Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts, the intent is to achieve NASA certification for space transportation systems designed to carry people into orbit around the earth.  This is an arduous process, designed to verify the ability of an integrated rocket and spacecraft to launch, maneuver, dock with the ISS, and return to earth.

“We are excited to see our industry partners close in on operational flights to the International Space Station, an extraordinary feat industry and the NASA family began just four years ago,” said Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

“This space agency has long been a technology innovator, and now we also can say we are an American business innovator, spurring job creation and opening up new markets to the private sector. The agency and our partners have many important steps to finish, but we have shown we can do the tough work required and excel in ways few would dare to hope.”

SpaceX and Boeing Designs

Space X Dragon V2 Capsule

The SpaceX Crew Dragon will accommodate up to seven crew members, and uses a propulsion system that will allow it to land virtually anywhere on the planet.  What’s unique is this vehicle’s ability to provide escape from crew entry until orbit is achieved.  This is accomplished by way of eight engines built into the vehicle’s side walls which provide 120,000 pounds of axial thrust, allowing the capsule to be guided safely back to earth.  Sending the Crew Dragon aloft is the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

Boeing CST-100 Capsule

The Boeing CTS-100 (Crew Space Transport), which weights 10 tons and is 5 meters long, is designed to transport five to seven astronauts and will be reusable for up to ten space missions.  Lifting this capsule into orbit is the job of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.  By utilizing three parachutes during the initial descent, and six airbags before touchdown, the CTS-100 can land safely on the ground.

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Big Data Targets Manufacturing Performance Improvements

by Mark Lovett September 5, 2014

Rackmount computers have been used to automate manufacturing processes since the 1980s, monitoring critical factors such as temperatures, pressures, flow rate and humidity, as well as controlling production conveyor systems and robotic assembly lines, but the potential of utilizing Big Data takes manufacturing performance to a whole new level, as seen in the results of this […]

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New 4U Rugged Rackmount Server On Drawing Board

by Mark Lovett 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. The TRC4015 4U rackmount server is a prime example of our approach to […]

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High-Density PCI Express Gen3 Backplane Coming Soon!

by Mark Lovett 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 […]

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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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