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Introducing Trenton Systems

Over the years I’ve written quite a bit about how Trenton Technology ( has been my favorite maker of Single Board Computers (SBCs). They’ve been designing and manufacturing board-level embedded computing products for a long time. Trenton engineers perfected embedded computing innovations over a period of many years, beginning with their work developing the first PCI/ISA standard (PICMG (News - Alert) 1.0) for SBCs and backplanes, and continuing with their recent efforts in writing the PICMG 1.3 or SHB Express industry standard for PCI Express-based System Host Boards (SHBs) and backplanes.

Trenton’s customers have long wanted the company to incorporate their individual boards into complete computing solutions. This led to a pilot program, Trenton Systems, to provide complete integrated solutions for selected customers who wanted a total solution from Trenton, imbued with Trenton’s traditional engineering, quality and support. The initial program fared so well that the operation has been expanded to a full-blown company, Trenton Systems, Inc. (

With the appearance of Trenton Systems, system architects and board designers can now be brought into the same room and work together as a team, enabling a complete, innovative and reliable system solution to be engineered. Customers no longer need fret about choosing processors, backplanes, protocols, switch fabrics, optimum air-flow, or what-not.

Trenton Systems provides standard and custom industrial computing solutions, 19-inch rackmount industrial computers based on CompactPCI and MicroTCA (News - Alert) form factors with PICMG 1.3 system host boards and PICMG 1.0 single board computers. Trenton’s engineers can offer free and extensive technical support. And best of all, Trenton has U.S.-dedicated manufacturing facilities.

Unlike many of their competitors that gone out of business or have merged amoeba-like into other, impersonal and larger corporations, Trenton has always been Trenton, whether it was Trenton Terminals, Trenton Technology or the new Trenton Systems. Tons of its equipment continue to run in the communications and other industries.

Yours Truly even owns their equipment, which I guess counts as a celebrity endorsement (okay, a minor celebrity endorsement).

Trenton Systems can give you immediate pricing on any system that matches your exact requirements. In an age when customers feel isolated and “in the dark” about what computing platform to put together, Trenton’s service and capabilities are a breath of fresh air. IT

Richard Grigonis (News - Alert) is Executive Editor of TMC’s IP Communications Group.

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