Trenton Systems

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Trenton Systems
Private company
IndustryComputer hardware
FoundersBill Bowling, Jerry Hitchcock, Roger Hurlbert
HeadquartersLawrenceville, Georgia,
United States
Number of employees
75 (September 2020)

Trenton Systems, Inc. is an American List of computer hardware manufacturer providing rugged computing solutions for military, commercial, and industrial programs and applications worldwide. The company designs, manufactures, assembles, integrates, tests, and supports custom and commercial-off-the-shelf rugged servers, workstations, blade servers, mini PCs, chassis, motherboards, PCIe backplanes, expansion kits, and JBOD enclosures.

Trenton's headquarters is located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It contains a 52,000-square-foot production facility with up-to-date ITAR and ISO certifications.[1] As of September 2020, the company employs approximately 75 people. Its customer base is primarily comprised of military prime contractors, aerospace companies, and technology companies, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, L3Harris Technologies, Raytheon Technologies, Honeywell, and IBM. The company's systems are also used throughout the industrial automation, test and measurement, energy, and telecommunications industries.


Trenton Systems was established in Duluth, Georgia, in 1989 by former Harris Lanier employees Bill Bowling, Jerry Hitchcock, and Roger Hurlbert. Trenton's first computer board used a Zilog Z80 8-bit microprocessor running at 4MHz. The company's first boards were designed using BoPET|Mylar and centered around providing lots of Industry Standard Architecture|ISA slots.

In 1994, Trenton helped found the PCI Industrial Computers Manufacturers Group (PICMG) and define the PICMG 1.0|PICMIG 1.0 form factor.[2] The company also relocated to Gainesville, Georgia that same year.

In 1999, Trenton joined the Intel Embedded & Communications Alliance as a charter member, gaining access to Intel's roadmap and technical support. The company has maintained its alliance membership status.[3]

In 2005, Trenton contributed to PICMG again by writing the PICMG 1.3 specification, which targeted PCI Express.[4]

In 2008, Trenton added a full-scale mechanical engineering group to its operations, allowing it to not only design motherboards and PCIe backplanes, but also design and integrate complete computer systems.

In 2016, Trenton relocated to its current headquarters and manufacturing facility in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The facility is triple the size of its previous facility in Gainesville.[5]

Products and Services

Trenton Systems' computing solutions are designed to support high-bandwidth, compute-intensive applications. Many are also ruggedized and stress-tested to operate in extreme environments, such as high-humidity, high-temperature, and low-temperature environments, and in environments where harsh mechanical shock and vibrations are frequent or expected. Many of the company's products are certified in-house to MIL-STD-810, DO-160, MIL-STD-461, MIL-S-901, and other military and industrial standards.[6] Common defense and industrial applications currently using Trenton's computing solutions include but are not limited to advanced command and control (C4ISR) systems, military weapons systems, radar systems, communications systems,automatic testing equipment (ATE) systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and other intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems.[7] The company also boasts an average 15-year computer life cycle, strict revision and obsolescence control, a dedicated in-house support team, and a free computer system trial period of 45 days.

Trenton Systems is known for keeping the entirety of its supply chain in the United States,[8] partnering with US-based companies, designing its own motherboards and BIOSes, using numerous PCIe slots on its motherboards and backplanes, and offering comprehensive system customization.

Organizational Structure and Leadership

Trenton Systems has a functional organizational structure. Its primary leadership team consists of a chief executive officer (CEO), executive vice president, vice president of sales, marketing, and business development, general manager, chief technology officer, director of engineering, director of sales, director of marketing and business development, director of quality control, project manager, human resources manager, and controller.

The current CEO of Trenton Systems is Michael Bowling. Dwight Justice is the company's executive vice president, and Sean Campbell is Trenton's vice president of sales, marketing, and business development.


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