Talos™ II Desktop Development System
Talos™ II Desktop Development System including:
  • EATX chassis with 500W ATX power supply
  • A single Talos™ II EATX mainboard
  • One 4-core IBM POWER9 v2 CPU (recommended)
    • 4 cores per package
    • SMT4 capable
    • Hardware virtualization extensions
    • 90W TDP
  • One or two 3U POWER9 heatsink / fan (HSF) assemblies (same as CPU count)
  • 16GB DDR4 ECC registered memory (recommended, other options available)
  • 2 front panel USB 2.0 ports
  • 500GB Samsung internal NVMe storage (optional, recommended)
  • Recovery DVD

The Talos™ II mainboard is the first modern (post-2013), owner-controllable, workstation- and enterprise-class mainboard. Built around the brand-new IBM POWER9 processor, and leveraging Linux and OpenPOWER™ technology, Talos™ II allows you to secure your data without sacrificing performance. Designed with a fully owner-controlled CPU domain, you can audit and modify any portion of the open source firmware on the Talos™ II mainboard, all the way down to the CPU microcode. This is an unprecedented level of access for any modern workstation- or enterprise-class machine, and one that is increasingly needed to assure safety and compliance with new regulations, such as the EU's GDPR.

An owner-controlled, CPU-based secure boot mode also is available at any time. When secure boot is properly configured, and if the mainboard is located in a physically secure environment (e.g., a datacenter or locked workstation case), you can be assured that only your pre-approved and pre-audited firmware, kernel, and user space components are executing on a Talos™ II system.


  • 2 POWER9-compatible CPU sockets
    • EATX form factor
  • 16 DDR4 ECC registered RAM slots
    • Individual 128GB DDR4 DIMM support
    • Supports up to 2TB total main system memory
  • 3 PCIe 4.0 x16 slots (2 inactive with single CPU)
  • 2 PCIe 4.0 x8 slots (1 inactive with single CPU)
  • 2 Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 1 Microsemi SAS 3.0 controller (optional, upcharge on selection)
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
    • 2 external
    • 2 on internal header
  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • 1 external RS-232 port
  • 1 internal RS-232 port header
  • 1 ASpeed BMC with OpenBMC
  • 1 VGA video port

Secure and control your high-performance computing today with a modern, expandable Talos™ II system!


NOTE: To provide maximal PCIe bandwidth for all peripherals, each slot is serviced by a dedicated CPU. As such, two CPUs are required to activate all PCIe slots on the Talos™ II mainboard.

NOTE: This desktop development system is sold for use as a POWER9 development platform only. Purchaser is responsible for certification and compliance if required in the destination environment. Certified systems such as the TL2WK2 and TL2SV2 are also available for purchase.

NOTE: POWER HSF assemblies use a unique high-pressure locking mechanism to ensure proper CPU contact. The installed HSF assemblies will require a 5/32" hex driver, such as our TL2HD1, for attachment and removal.

NOTE: Product images shown are representative of the product being sold, but may vary slightly from the product as shipped due to continuous improvement and related changes.


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