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The MBS2000 2U Modular Computer

The MBS2000 2U Modular Computer

The Trenton Systems MBS2000 is our latest modular blade system that supports between one and four independent single board computers or blade cards.  This modular rackmount computer mounts in a standard 19” component rack, and its rugged modular system design features a compact chassis depth.  The MBS2000 is ideal for those applications needing increased compute density while minimizing system size, weight, and power (SWaP).  The MBS2000 supports:

  • Rugged, metal-enclosed modular blade cards
  • Up to four single or dual-processor modular blade cards
  • Various I/O devices, M.2 NVMe storage drives, internal HDD/SDDs, and network interfaces
  • Redundant power supply
  • Two, full-length, commercial off the shelf PCI Express 3.0 option cards per 2U card configuration

Computing Blades


System Memory


Ethernet LANs


Data Storage Capacity

MBS2000 Key Features

MBS2000 Key Features

MBS2000 2U modular computer features include:

  • Secure 4-in-1 modular computer design
  • Scalable design allows you to place just the right amount of computing power to work
  • Easily deploy 1, 2, 3, or 4 four independent, single or dual-processor blade cards
  • Built-in expandability enhances and preserves your hardware platform investment
  • 2U modular blade option supports up to two PCI Express full-height plug-in cards
  • Smart System Management (SSM) software enables remote monitoring
  • Standard 5-year factory warranty
  • Made In America

Tech Specs

Model Number



This 2U modular computer installs into standard 19" (483mm) component racks and supports up to 4 single or dual-processor modular blade cards. The housing for each modular blade card is enclosed in either a 1U or 2U metal carrier. Each carrier slides into the MBS2000 to support quick system re-configurations that enahnces system scalability and flexibility. The 2U modular blade carrier configuration supports up to 2 PCIe plug-in cards per 2U card. A redundant power supply drives the MBS2000 modular computer.



Computing Blade Options

Single Processor - MBK8257 is a long-life, designed and Made In America single board computer featuring a choice of an embedded Intel® processor 
Dual Processor - MSL8256 will be available later in 2017 and this single board computer will support dual embedded Intel® Xeon® processor options

System Processor Options

Single Processor - MBK8257 Intel® Xeon® E3-1275 v5/v6, Intel® Xeon® E3-1225 v5/v6, Intel® Core™ i3-7101E (additional Skylake/Kaby Lake-S options available)  
Dual Processor - MSL8256 featuring next generation Intel® Xeon® processors (codename Skylake)

System Memory Capacity

Single Processor - MBK8257 - Each SBC supports 4, DDR4-2133 16GB memory DIMMs with ECC to support a memory capacity of 64GB per card   
Dual Processor - MSL8256 - Each SBC supports 8, DDR4-2666 32GB* memory DIMMs with ECC to support a memory capacity of 256GB per card

* Subject to availability;  32GB DDR4-2666 memory DIMM supplies may be limited


Each modular blade supports
2 - General purpose 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet ports,
1 - Dual-purpose Ethernet LAN port, that may function as a dedicated system management LAN or as a general purpose Ethernet interface
4 - USB 3.0 ports 
1 - Serial port
1 - VGA port
LEDs for system fault, Ethernet activity and BIOS post codes

Each modular blade supports
2 - USB 3.0 ports
1 - Power On/Off switch
1 - Status LED

M.2 Data Storage Modules

The RSL8262 2U riser card aavailable for use with the single-processor MBK8257 computing blade and the R1U8269 1U data storage card available for use with either the MBK8257 or MSL8256 each have integrated M.2 connectors to support the following SSD data storage modules:
RSL8262 2U Riser Card - 2, M.2 connectors support either two NVMe or 1 - NVMe and 1 - SATA3
R1U8269 1U Data Storage Card - 4, M.2 connectors support NVMe modules

SATA3 HDD/SDD Storage Option

A 1U modular blade configuration featuring the single-processor MBK8257 supports two, 2.5”/9mm HDDs or SDDs per blade. This MBK8257 blade configuration supports an eight-drive system storage capacity in a four-blade MBS2000 chassis configuration.

Total System Storage Capacity

Depending on the MBS2000 configuration and NVMe module type, the modular computer’s total data storage may range up to 24.192TB* per system and beyond.


* R1U8269 storage card on each of 4, MBK8257 single-processor modular blade cards, 4- 512GB NVMe SSDs per card and 2, 2TB 2.5”/9mm drives per blade for a system total of 16 NVMe modules and 8, 2.5” drives.

System Hardware Monitor

The MBS2000’s Smart System Management (SSM) software is embedded in the server’s modular computing blades and accessible via the dedicated management Ethernet LAN. Trenton’s SSM application software is built upon the industry standard Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and its related sub-components including:

• Intelligent Platform Management Bus (IPMB)
• IPMI Platform Management FRU Information Storage Definition
• Intelligent Chassis Management Bus (ICMB)

Trenton SSM’s implementation of IPMI provides seamless and efficient remote system management and control capability from any monitoring location worldwide.  A short list of Trenton SSM application software functionality includes:

• Fan speed monitoring
• Fan condition & status
• Alarm monitoring
• FRU management
• Voltage monitoring
• Modular computing blade present
• Remote messaging (i.e. call home)
• Poll for processor & memory health

Power Supply Options

1U, rear mounted, redundant power supply, 1200W

System Cooling

2 - Modular, dual cooling fan assemblies per modular blade card, 40mm/30CFM each with built-in fan speed control and remote system management monitoring when configured with the standard Trenton MBK8257 and/or MSL8256 modular blade cards and the MPI2000 mid-plane interface board

Chassis Standard

EIA RS-310C 19” Rackmount Standard


Cold-rolled Steel with a black front surface and easy slide-in/slide-out 1U and 2U modular blade card assemblies and redundant power supply modules.


19.0"/483mm (W) x 3.5”/89mm (H) x 19.125”/486mm (D)

Chassis Net Weight

48.0Lbs. (21.8Kg) with a chassis configuration of 4 - MBK8257 modular blade cards , an MPI2000 mid-plane interface board  and  the 1U redundant 1200W AC/DC power supply

Note: actual system weight is a function of the specific system configuration. 

Compatible Components

  • Processor Boards

MSL8256 Modular Blade Card


  • Dual Xeon® Gold 6100 Series CPU
  • PCIe Gen3
  • 8 DDR4-2666 Memory Slots (1TB max)
  • 2, 10GbE, 2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports (1 IPMI)
Product Details
MBK8257 1U Module Front
MBK8257 2U Module with Riser - Front
MBK8257 2U Module with Riser - Rear
MBK8257 1U Modules in MBS2000 Modular Blade Computer

MBK8257 Modular Blade Card


  • Single Xeon® E3-1200v6 or 7th Gen Core i3,i5,i7 Processors
  • PCIe Gen3
  • 4 DDR4-2400 Memory Slots
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports (2 I/O, 1 midplane, 1 IPMI)
Product Details
U.S. Design & Assembly

U.S. Design & Assembly

Year Warranty

Year Warranty

Maximum System Flexibility

Maximum System Flexibility

Revision Controlled Stable BIOS

Revision Controlled Stable BIOS

The Trenton Difference

Trenton Systems designs, manufactures and integrates rugged computers and long-life components such as single board computers and PCI Express backplanes to create application-ready computing solutions that satisfy our customers' unique requirements for functionality, performance and reliability.