Talos Secure Workstation

by Raptor Computing Systems

The world's first ATX-compatible, workstation-class mainboard for the IBM POWER8 processor.

View all updates Nov 11, 2016

New, Lower Pricing

We are pleased to announce a one-time lowering of the price of the Talos™ Secure Workstation and all derivative machines! Owner controlled hardware is extremely important, and we hope this lowering of the retail price will help more people afford a Talos™ system.

We have reduced the price of all machines by $400.00. The new Talos™ mainboard cost is only $3,700, and is close to the advertised price from the pre-ordering phase earlier this year! If you’ve already placed an order, your order will be automatically updated to reflect the new pricing.

Why were we able to do this? To put it simply, Raptor Engineering is not your typical engineering company. The market conditions in the US have recently and quite unexpectedly shifted to favor our business model, and we are passing the resultant savings directly to you, our valued customers.

Unlike most US companies that send all design and manufacturing work overseas, at Raptor all design and manufacturing is done in the US using as few foreign components as possible. We have found that this is one of the best ways to ensure a high-quality, durable product while maintaining a rapid development cycle. All design is done completely in-house using our dedicated staff, and our designs are thoroughly tested to operate correctly in harsh environments before being released for production. Because the IBM silicon, specifically the CPU and memory buffers, are also manufactured in the US, the Talos™ mainboard is built in the US from mainly US components. This is not something you see every day, especially on high-end computing products!

Finally, a note of caution. Due to rapid acquisitions within the semiconductor industry, and the resultant lack of competition for certain types of semiconductor devices, there are several small but critical pieces of silicon in use on Talos™ that are not of US origin. To make matters worse, in the few cases where there is US competition for foreign silicon devices, the US variants are not libre-friendly. We will continue to monitor the market for libre-friendly, US-made replacements of these components for use in future iterations of the Talos™ machines. For now, Talos™ is as close as anyone can get to a fully "Made in the USA" computer that not only respects your freedom, but is competitive with high-end machines for serious development work.

If this price drop has made Talos™ even remotely more affordable for you or your organization, we urge that you pledge now to show your support for owner-controlled, performant computing. Much of the hardware and software world is watching this campaign to see if owner-controlled computing is only viable for retrocomputing enthusiasts using outdated software, or whether perhaps libre software and libre-friendly hardware can be combined to help create revolutionary new solutions for the whole world that don’t rely on proprietary hardware and software. Only you can make this happen, so even if you can’t afford a Talos™ mainboard, please contribute at the highest pledge level possible. We thank you for your support!

$516,080 raised

of $3,700,000 goal

14% Funded Time Expired
Jan 14 2017

Product Choices


Talos™ Mainboard and Accessories

The world's first ATX-compatible, workstation-class mainboard for the new, free-software friendly IBM POWER8 processor. Includes one heatsink and 92 mm fan, one ATX-compatible I/O shield, and a live rescue DVD with factory reset utilities, source code for firmware and FPGA components, mainboard schematics, user manual, and Ubuntu installation media. CPU, RAM, power supply, storage drives, and chassis sold separately.


Talos™ Desktop Edition (TALP8D050)

A complete Talos™ workstation with a CPU of your choice, 128 GB of DDR3 ECC RAM, an AMD Radeon RX 480 (8 GB VRAM) GPU, and two Western Digital WD40EFRX 4 TB SATA drives, all installed in a heavy-duty tower chassis. Comes pre-installed with Debian. Select the CPU by purchasing it as a separate item in the same order or under the same account - the CPU will be installed and ready to go before shipping.


Talos™ Storage Server (TALP8S050)

A complete Talos™ server with a CPU of your choice, 128 GB of DDR3 ECC RAM, LSI SAS controller, and two Western Digital 4 TB SAS drives, all installed in a heavy-duty 4U rack mount chassis with 24 3.5" hot swap SAS drive bays and redundant 1200 W power supplies! Comes pre-installed with either Debian or CentOS. Select the CPU by purchasing it as a separate item in the same order or under the same account - the CPU will be installed and ready to go before shipping.


Complete Talos™ Workstation (TALP8W100)

A complete 12-core Talos™ workstation with 256GB of DDR3 ECC RAM, installed in a customized, heavy-duty chassis with your choice of an AMD® FirePro™ or nVidia® Tesla™ graphics card (see list). Also includes built-in 4TB RAID1 (2x 4TB enterprise SAS disks and LSI SAS controller), plus a pre-installed copy of Debian or CentOS to get you up and running in no time!


Raptor Computing Systems

Raptor Computing Systems was the first vendor to come to market with POWER9, and will be the only source for POWER9 machines in this market segment for the forseeable future. We are the only vendor to offer a full lineup of whitebox-type parts and accessories for POWER9, and are the only vendor to offer a fully libre firmware and hardware solution. Furthermore, we are not just shipping a stock reference design, like other vendors did with POWER8; rather, Talos™ II contains numerous unique features that increase usability, promote openness, and boost system security. Talos™ II is truly one of a kind and is additionally protected against unauthorized hardware clones by patents and/or patents pending, so if you want the benefits of a truly open POWER9 system, be sure to get your Talos™ II today!

Timothy Pearson

Senior Electrical Engineer

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