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The BXT7059 Single Board Computer

The SBC’s flexible I/O system design is driven by the PCIe 3.0 processor links and the Intel® C604 Platform Controller Hub (PCH).  The external I/O card interfaces adapt to PCIe 3.0, PCIe 2.1/2.0 and PCIe 1.1 plug-in cards with either a x16, x8, x4 or x1 PCI Express edge connector.  An additional PCI Express 3.0 x16 link expansion is available using the optional PEX10 module on the BXT7059 SBC.


The six-channel, DDR3-1600 memory interfaces feature the latest DDR3 Mini-DIMM technology, while the SBC’s three Gigabit Ethernet LAN interfaces and the choice of an alternate backplane LAN or cable LAN interface ease many system communication challenges. The backer plate design enhances overall system stability while providing additional component protection.

Key Features

Key features of the BXT7059 single board computer include:


  • Flexible I/O system design using the Intel® C604 Platform Controller Hub (PCH)
  • Six-channel, DDR3-1600 memory interfaces feature the latest DDR3 Mini-DIMM technology
  • PCI Express 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.1 interfaces support x16, x8, x4 and x1 PCI Express cards
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN interfaces plus alternate backplane LAN or cable LAN interface
  • PEX10 option provides an additional x16 PCIe Gen3 interface for backplane link expansion
  • Enhanced SBC stability and component protection provided by unique backer plate design
  • Processor options available with up to ten execution cores and twenty threads


Trenton’s BXT7059 single board computer maximizes system ROI with long-life, embedded components which drive an extended SBC product availability of seven years or more.  As with all Trenton single board computers, the BXT7059 is designed with a standard system BIOS that is maintained under strict revision control.

Trenton also builds-in BIOS flexibility by offering various system BIOS modifications that may be needed to meet unique platform requirements and maintains strict revision control for all custom BIOS variations. The BXT7059 is designed, manufactured and supported by Trenton Systems at our U.S. facilities and is covered by our exclusive five-year factory warranty.

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Tech Specs

Model Number


Form Factor

PICMG® 1.3 form factor featuring automatic SHB to backplane PCI Express link rountings with the following auto-configuration options:

  • one x16 and one x4/four x1
  • two x8 and one x4/four x1
  • four x4 and one x4/four x1


2 – Intel Xeon E5-2400 v2 Series or
2 – Intel Xeon E5-2400 Series


Embedded (long-life) Processors (22nm Intel® Micro-Architecture)
Two, Ten-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2448L v2 (Low voltage, 1.8GHz (2.4GHz*), 25B Cache, DDR3-1600 max memory speed)
Two, Eight-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2428L v2 (Low voltage, 1.8GHz (2.3GHz*), 20MB Cache, DDR3-1600 max memory speed)
Two, Six-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2418L v2 (Low voltage, 2.0GHz, 15MB Cache, DDR3-1333 max memory speed)
Two, Eight-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2450 v2 (Std. voltage, 2.5GHz (3.3GHz*), 20MB Cache, DDR3-1600 max memory speed
Two, Six-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2430 v2 (Std. voltage,2.5GHz (3.0GHz*), 15MB Cache, DDR3-1600 max memory speed)

All the 22nm Intel Micro-Architecture processors (formally known as Ivy Bridge-EN) listed here support Intel® VT, Intel® AES, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel® TXT,

(x.xGHz*) = Max core frequency available via Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

Note: The Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2418L v2 does not support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

Embedded (long-life) Processors (32nm Intel® Micro-Architecture)
Two, Eight-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2448L (1.8GHz, 20MB Cache, DDR3-1600 max memory speed)
Two, Six-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2428L (1.8GHz, 15MB Cache, DDR3-1333 max memory speed)
Two, Four-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2418L (2.0GHz, 10MB Cache, DDR3-1333 max memory speed)
Two, Six-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2430 (2.2GHz, 15MB Cache, DDR3-1333 max memory speed)

All the 32nm Intel Micro-Architecture processors (formally known as Sandy Bridge-EN) listed here support Intel® VT, Intel® TXT, and Intel® Hyper-Threading.

BIOS (Flash)

AMI – Aptio® 4.x


Intel® C604 Platform Controller Hub (PCH)


Dual-Processor, PICMG 1.3 SHB supports two Intel Xeon E5-2400 v2 processors and up to 48GB of DDR3-1600 memory


  • 1 – x16 -or- two x8 -or- four x4 and one x4 -or- four x1 PCIe links (PCIe 3.0/2.0/1.1) (Edge connectors A&B)
  • 2 – 10/100/1000Base-T (I/O Bracket)
  • 1 – 10/100/1000 (Edge conn. C)


  • 2 – SATA/600 & 4 – SAS/SATA/300 ports with RAID
  • 1 – SATA/300 backplane interface (Edge connector C)
  • 8 – USB interfaces
  • 1 – IOB33
  • 1 – PEX10


48GB system memory is supported when populating the board’s six-channel DDR3 (DDR3-1600) interface, and the associated six Mini-DIMM sockets (3 per CPU) with 8GB Mini-DIMMs.


The maximum memory interface speed supported is governed by several application considerations including which Intel® Xeon® E5-2400 v2 or Intel® Xeon® E5-2400 Series processors are used on the BXT7059.   The chart below shows the max memory interface speed possible with each BXT7059 processor option.


Max. DDR3 Speed
Processor Base Core Speed
Cores / Threads
Cache Long-life Status Max TDP
DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) Intel® Xeon® E5-2450 v2 2.5GHz 8/16 20MB Yes 95W
DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) Intel® Xeon® E5-2430 v2 2.5GHz 6/12 15MB Yes 80W
DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) Intel® Xeon® E5-2448L v2 1.8GHz 10/20 25MB Yes 70W
DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) Intel® Xeon® E5-2428L v2 1.8GHz 8/16 20MB Yes 60W
DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) Intel® Xeon® E5-2448L 1.8GHz 8/16 20MB Yes 70W
DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) Intel® Xeon® E5-2430 2.2GHz 6/12 15MB Yes 95W
DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) Intel® Xeon® E5-2428L 1.8GHz 6/12 15MB Yes 60W
DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) Intel® Xeon® E5-2418L v2 2.0GHz 6/12 15MB Yes 50W
DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) Intel® Xeon® E5-2418L 2.0GHz 4/8 10MB Yes 50W


Note: All of the processor options listed here support Intel® Hyper-Threading

PCI Express Edge Card Interfaces

Standard PICMG 1.3 PCI Express Interfaces – Automatically adapts to graphics or server-class backplane PCIe link configurations.  The direct PCIe links from the board’s processors (links A0, A1, A2, A3, IOB33 and PEX10) may operate as PCIe Gen 1.1, PCIe Gen 2.0 or PCIe Gen 3.0 depending on the backplane design.  The x4 link from the board’s PCH (link B0) is always a PCIe 2.0 or 1.1 link regardless of what is connected to this link and the option card that is used.  PCIe link (B0) from the board’s PCH has a x4 default configuration and may automatically bifurcate into four, x1 PCIe links depending on the target device.  The optional x4 link available with a Trenton IOB33 expansion module is a PCIe 2.0/1.1 link.  The IOB33 expansion link may operate as 4 – x1 links form the BXT7059 with a SPI updated to the board.  Contact Trenton is you are interested in this SPI update.

Optional PCI Express PEX10 Link Expansion – Installing a Trenton PEX10; PCI Express Expansion module, on the back of the BXT7059 provides four additional x4 PCIe Gen 3 links to a backplane that is equipped with a mating PEX10 interface connector and plumbed for PCIe 3.0. The backplane may use these additional x4 links independently or as one additional x16 PCIe or two x8 PCI Express links.  The links from the PEX10 connector my operate as PCIe 1.1, 2.0 or 3.0 links depending on the backplane construction and end point devices connected to the interface.

A Word About PCI Express 3.0 Interfaces – PCIe 3.0 doubles the PCIe 2.0 per lane interface speed from 500MB/s (5GT/s) to 1GB/s (8 GT/s) via speed changes and protocol enhancements.  As with all previous versions of the PCI Express specification, the PCIe 3.0 interface is backwards compatible and will run Gen 3, Gen 2 and Gen 1.1 I/O cards on the same interface link.  Running a PCIe 3.0 target device such as a Gen 3 I/O card at the actual PCIe 3.0 interface speed of 1GB/s requires that the PCIe 3.0 link from the root complex (i.e. the processor on the BXT7059) to the target card be tuned and optimized to meet the speed requirements of PCI Express 3.0.  If these tuning conditions are slightly off and not fully optimized, then the interface will operate at a slower interface speed.  Contact Trenton for more details regarding the specific of your particular PCIe 3.0 implementation.

Video Interface

XGI® Volari™ Z11M Graphics Processing Unit, 8MB video memory supports screen resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) with a 64K color depth

Ethernet Interfaces

Intel® NHI350-AM2 Ethernet Controller – Two 10/100/1000Base-T on I/O Bracket Connectors
Intel® 82579  Ethernet PHY – One 10/100/1000Base-T interface routed to SHB edge connector C*

*BP LAN Cable Option via P22 – You can build your own alternate backplane LAN cable using the instructions in the Jumpers, Connectors and Memory document for the BXT7059 or you can take advantage on this third LAN interface by using the pre-made alternate backplane LAN cable with Trenton part number: 193500001150-00.

Note: When using the alternate backplane LAN cable, this effectively disconnects the LAN routing down to SHB edge connector C.  In other words, this is an either / or LAN interface.

On-Board Interfaces

Eight USB 2.0 ports – Two each on the I/O bracket and on-board headers plus four routed to SHB edge connector “C%

Watchdog Timer

The BXT7059 provides a watchdog timer with seven programmable timeout periods of 32 msec, 128 msec, 512 msec, 1 second, 4 seconds, 8 seconds or 32 seconds via board component U4.  When enabled the WDT generates a system reset.  WDT control is supplied via the General Purpose IO pins from the Intel® C604 Platform Controller Hub (PCH).

See the watchdog timer section in the specifications chapter of the BXT7059 Hardware Manual for more detailed information and a WDT programming example.


Lithium – CMOS data retention


  • Board dimensions – 13.330” (33.86cm) L x 4.976” (12.64”cm) H
  • Standard cooling solution height – 2.15” (54.61mm)

Agency Approvals & Compliance

Designed for UL69050, CAN/CSA C22.2 No.60950-00, EN55022:1998 Class B, EN61000-4-2:1995, EN61000-4-3:1997, EN61000-4-4:1995, EN61000-4-5:1995, EN61000-4-6:1996, EN61000-4-11:1994

Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)

MTBF – 164,861 Power-On Hours (POH) at 40° C per Bellcore

Power Requirements - 100% Stressed

Typical Values* – 100% Stressed with 24GB of system memory


CPU Intel® No. +5V +12V +3.3V
2.5GHz E5-2450 v2 1.93A 19.57A 3.55A
2.5GHz E5-2430 v2 1.72A 12.32A 3.21A
1.8GHz E5-2448L v2 1.68A 12.60A 3.11A
1.8GHz E5-2428L v2 1.72A 10.07A 3.23A
2.0GHz E5-2418L V2 1.62A 8.31A 3.19A
2.2GHz E5-2430 1.34A 15.11A 4.55A
1.8GHz E5-2448L 1.37A 11.60A 4.49A
1.8GHz E5-2428L 1.34A 10.27A 4.55A


  • Ten-core CPUs – E5-2448L v2
  • Eight-core CPUs –  E5-2450 v2, E5-2428L v2 and E5-2448L
  • Six-core CPUs – E5-2430 v2, E5-2418L v2, E5-2430 and E5-2428L

Power Requirements - Idle

Typical Values* – Static Desktop (System Idle) with 24GB of system memory


CPU Intel® No. +5V +12V +3.3V
2.5GHz E5-2450 v2 1.65A 6.66A 3.11A
2.5GHz E5-2430 v2 1.56A 5.22A 3.21A
1.8GHz E5-2448L v2 1.66A 5.58A 3.03A
1.8GHz E5-2428L v2 1.58A 4.96A 3.05A
2.0GHz E5-2418L V2 1.48A 4.13A 2.98A
2.2GHz E5-2430 1.30A 3.73A 4.15A
1.8GHz E5-2448L 1.34A 4.06A 4.11A
1.8GHz E5-2428L 1.30A 3.89A 4.18A


  • Ten-core CPUs – E5-2448L v2
  • Eight-core CPUs –  E5-2450 v2, E5-2428L v2 and E5-2448L
  • Six-core CPUs – E5-2430 v2, E5-2418L v2, E5-2430 and E5-2428L

Note: All CPUs have Intel® Hyper-Threading

* These are typical power numbers; actual power numbers will vary as a function of the specific BXT7059 system configuration design.

Operating Temperature

Operating Temperature:  0-50° C. with standard cooling solution and 350LFM of continuous airflow


Note: Maximum operating temperature is 40° C when using the dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2450 v2 processor option.

Note: The maximum ambient operating temperatures stated here are the result of engineering test lab thermal measurements taken under 100% stress, constant duty cycle or worst case computer system operating conditions.


  • Airflow     –     350LFM continuous airflow
  • Storage   –     -40° to 70° C.
  • Humidity  –       5% to 90% non-condensing

Operating Systems

Trenton’s BXT7059 has been tested using a number of popular and readily available operating systems including: Microsoft Windows XP X64, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and a number of variations of Linux including Red Hat. This testing process confirms the BXT7059’s PCI Express interface and device I/O functionality. Trenton does not recommend using the Microsoft Windows XP32 SP2 or SP3 operating system due to limited functionality concerns. Contact Trenton Tech Support for additional information.


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