The Talos II mainboard is the first modern, owner-controllable, workstation- and server-class mainboard. Built around the brand-new IBM POWER9 processor, and leveraging Linux and OpenPOWER technology, Talos II allows you to secure your data without sacrificing performance. Designed with a fully owner-controlled CPU domain, you can audit and modify any portion of the open source firmware on the Talos II mainboard, all the way down to the CPU microcode. This is an unprecendented level of access for any modern workstation- or server-class machine, and one that is increasingly needed to assure safety and compliance with new regulations, such as the EU’s GDPR. The Power9 chip, is the best chance the company has had to make some share gains against X86 processors since the Power4 chip came out a decade and a half ago and set IBM on the path to dominance in the RISC/Unix market. The Power9 chip is a biggie, weighing in at 8 billion transistors. It is made using the 14 nanometer FinFET manufacturing processes from Globalfoundries, which acquired IBM’s fab business two years ago (the 14HP process, to be specific). This process has 17 layers and significantly makes use of the embedded DRAM (eDRAM) memory perfected by Big Blue in the Power7, Power7+, and Power8 chips to create a 120 MB shared L3 cache for all of the cores on the Power9 SO die. You can purchase(preorder) the Talos II for 6,750 US Dollar.