The TQ9 graphics-class system host board (SHB) from Trenton Technology (Atlanta, GA) is the latest addition to the PICMG® 1.3 product line. The TQ9, coupled with a PICMG 1.3 industry standard backplane, can support multiple system designs that use the latest PCI Express™, PCI-X, and PCI option cards. A TQ9 and a Trenton BPG6544 backplane support PCI Express, PCI-X, PCI, and legacy ISA option cards.

The TQ9's x16 PCI Express link provides 3.5 times more bandwidth than an AGP8X interface and may be used to support PCI Express graphics and video cards. Other types of PCI Express cards, as well as 32-bit/33MHz PCI option cards, are supported directly by the TQ9 on a PICMG 1.3 compatible backplane. The TQ9 also supports 64-bit PCI and PCI-X cards on backplanes with the appropriate PCI Express-to-PCI-X bridge chip technology.

The latest dual- and quad-core Intel® Core 2 processors are featured on the TQ9. These processors have a 1333MHz front side bus and up to 12MB of L2 cache. Pairing these processors with the Intel Q35 Express Chipset and the Intel ICH9DO I/O controller hub enables dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, twelve USB 2.0 interfaces, a built-in audio interface, and a 8 GB, dual-channel DDR2-800 memory interface. Dual SATA2/300 drive interface capability is supported on the TQ9 to enable RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10 storage array implementations.

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