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Website Update
Posted by Jack Riley on 14 July 2017 12:00 PM


Hi - Tranquil PC have recently updated our public website to reflect the current product range and services.

Please take a look at any time - any feedback is warmly welcomed


We're still busy designing and manufacturing standard and bespoke products at our Manchester (UK) facility

- feel free to contact us if you need us, any time!



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Mitigating Intel AMT Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
Posted by Florin Finaru on 11 May 2017 11:27 AM

A critical vulnerability was announced by Intel for products that run Active Management Technology alongside Management Engine. The vulnerability, registered as CVE-2017-5689, allows attackers to escalate and gain system privileges. The official notice and further information can be found by accessing the following link .

As the NUC5i5MYBE motherboards are affected by the vulnerability and these are used in our V4N units, we advise our customers to update BIOS to version MYi50035 in order to mitigate the issue. Furthermore, the INTEL-SA-00075 detection tool can be downloaded from the following link in order to confirm the motherboard is running the correct ME version, .

To update BIOS, follow the steps bellow:

  1. Download the MYi50035.BIO file from this link 
  2. Copy the MYi50035.BIO file to a flash drive
  3. Connect the flash drive, a keyboard and monitor the motherboard
  4. Power up the motherboard and press the F7 key at the POST screen to access the BIOS Update utility
  5. Navigate to the location on the flash drive where the MYi50035.BIO file was saved and start the update
  6. Wait until this process has ended and confirm enter BIOS to confirm the version was updated to "MYBDWi5v.86A.0035.2017.0506.1649"

If further assistance is required, please contact our support team via the ticketing system.

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"Unable to launch the application." - Error received when running JViewer
Posted by Florin Finaru on 09 May 2017 03:48 PM

It has recently come to our attention that the JViewer applet used for remote desktop control of all motherboards used in our MSC3, V5XD and V6XD line of products, will stop working if the system is running Java Version 8 Update 131 or later. This is due to new security measures put in place in this last update, which disables the MD5 algorithm used by the firmware on the motherboards.

Until the motherboard vendor releases a firmware version that resolves the problem, you can use one of the two methods below to bypass this issue:

  • Use the last working version of Java runtime, Version 8 Update 121.

If a rollback is required, you can download it from our FTP server.

  • Remove the MD5 entry from the Java security configuration file:

Change line 573 in C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.8.0_131\lib\security\ from:

jdk.jar.disabledAlgorithms=MD2, MD5, RSA keySize < 1024


jdk.jar.disabledAlgorithms=MD2, RSA keySize < 1024

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New Orange Box (5th Gen) coming soon
Posted by Prime(CH) (Swiss) on 09 June 2015 04:53 PM


The 'Orange Box' as it's become known in cloud and telecoms circles is having a little make over.  

The small, luggable 'data centre' in a box, has seen many successes and now that the 5th generation i5 vPro CPU powered NUC boards are in general supply, we are working hard to make the minor internal changes to adopt the new boards.  The main benefit, besides a newer version of Intel AMT, and the new 'Broadwell' CPUs is that the 5th generation platforms can support 2x 16GB IMM Memory modules, which means 10x 32GB RAM in the box, compared to the original 10x 16GB.  The IMM modules have been tested in Intel Labs - and here you can learn more about the new option.  

It may not be fully released, until the 'Orange Box' softWare installation kit is completed. But Tranquil R&D are now completing the physical hardware changes.  Those wanting to run their own choice O/S can order now - but if you want a fully 'ready to go' Ubuntu branded system with Ubuntu MAAS etc - then you may need to wait just a little while.

The new units will look extremely similar to the original.  If you are interested to learn more about the Orange Box or other Tranquil Micro Clusters just drop us a line

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The birth of a Xeon Cluster - story #1
Posted by Jack Riley on 19 February 2015 03:40 PM

xeon Cluster

We want to share a short series of stories, as the Tranquil R&D team conceive, design, test and build one of the world's first rugged, transportable micro clusters, based on Intel Xeon Core processors – what would become the MSC3M.

Our first micro cluster, the Orange Box was developed with the founder of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth.  Watch here as Mark unveils the 'Orange Box' ~ at ODS 2014.


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MSC3M (rugged Mobile Xeon Class Cluster)
Posted by Jack Riley on 08 February 2015 05:49 PM

The awaited MSC3M is now in production stage.

Check out the gallery for more images

If you would like to learn more, or have a specific cluster requirement, please drop us a line

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