The crowdfunding campaign for "the world's first ATX-compatible, workstation-class mainboard for the IBM POWER8 processor." has just started:

The company describes their new project as follows:

" Talos™ is the world's first ATX-compatible, workstation-class mainboard for the new, free-software friendly IBM POWER8 processor and architecture. Designed for security-conscious users requiring high performance, the flexible and extensible Talos™ mainboard includes two Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) capable slots; utilizes libre-toolchain FPGAs for system control and routing; provides a plethora of PCI Express slots; and includes a GPIO header for custom peripherals. Talos™ schematics[1] and libre (fully open and auditable) firmware also are included.

POWER is the only open, owner-controllable architecture that is competitive in performance. No other architecture comes close to POWER's unique advantages.
See a direct comparison of POWER8 with libre and non-libre systems.

Why Talos™?
Security-minded individuals and corporations can own a Talos™ Secure Workstation mainboard, complete with an entry-level 8-core 130W POWER8 CPU, heatsink / fan assembly, and ATX I/O shield, for around $5,300 USD. Because Talos™ is specifically designed for workstation use, you don't need to have a small server under your desk to realize the advantages of POWER8!"

I'm happy about this campaign because having more hardware options to choose from can never be a bad thing. In particular, that does not mean that other efforts (such as the EOMA68 devices) are any less worthy...

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