Talos™ II Entry-Level Developer System
Talos™ II Entry-Level Developer System including:
  • EATX chassis with 500W ATX power supply
  • A single Talos™ II Lite EATX mainboard
  • One 4-core IBM POWER9 v2 CPU
    • 4 cores per package
    • SMT4 capable
    • Hardware virtualization extensions
    • 90W TDP
  • One 3U POWER9 heatsink / fan (HSF) assembly
  • 8GB DDR4 ECC registered memory
  • 2 front panel USB 2.0 ports
  • 128GB internal NVMe storage
  • 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.

To get you started as quickly as possible, the Special Developer System comes pre-loaded with a Debian Buster ppc64el installation. Default login credentials are root/root and should be changed after receiving the machine. This default installation can be wiped and an OS of your choice installed if desired.

NOTE: Submissions to the Debian popularity contest are enabled by default in the pre-loaded Debian instance in order to better determine packages that should receive maintainer attention; you can disable this by uninstalling the popularity-contest package. Submissions are anonymized, see https://popcon.debian.org/README for more information.


  • 1 POWER9-compatible CPU socket
    • EATX form factor
  • 8 DDR4 ECC registered RAM slots
    • Individual 128GB DDR4 DIMM support
    • Supports up to 1TB total main system memory
  • 1 PCIe 4.0 x16 slot
    • CAPI 2.0 capable
  • 1 PCIe 4.0 x8 slot
  • 2 Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 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


NOTE: This machine may be upgraded by the end user by simply purchasing a replacement POWER9 CPU (e.g. our 18 core CPU), then replacing the CPU originally shipped with the system. All Sforza CPUs, up to the high end 24-core devices, are supported by the included mainboard.

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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