NeTV2

by Alphamax

An open video development board in a PCI express form factor that supports overlaying content on encrypted video signals. Let's bring open video to the digital age!

View all updates Feb 04, 2019

Shipping and Documentation

Hark, the shippening is nigh!

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Inventory will be picked up from the factory in Korea right after the Lunar New Year holiday. Because of the size of the shipment (114kg, about one pallet), it’s not being sent via a courier like Fedex – it’s actually booked directly into the cargo hold of a commercial airplane. The current plan is for the NeTV2 units to depart Incheon airport on Air Canada flight AC64 on February 8, and arrive into Portland International airport on February 10 via what looks like an Air Canada ferry flight. So, if you’ve ever wondered what all those boxes are getting loaded into the underbelly of your transoceanic flight, maybe you’re hitching a ride with some brand spanking new crowd funded product!

How to Use Your NeTV2

As a reminder, here’s four important things everyone should know about using the NeTV2:

  1. Customizing the overlay: Instructions for modifying the Magic Mirror UI.

  2. Customizing the FPGA: Instructions for building your own FPGA image.

  3. Using NeTV2 as a stand-alone dev board: the “overlay” port has a custom pin-out, and won’t work with normal HDMI cables until you recompile the FPGA with an alternate pin-out.

  4. Be sure your video source is locked into 1080p mode, and use your best quality cable between your video source and the NeTV2. The NeTV2 is finicky about input video signal quality.

The NeTV2 github wiki contains important information on how to configure and use your NeTV2 (such as the default ssh password). Please also use github to report technical issues and bugs.

I’ve also opened up an NeTV2 subreddit for discussion about the product and/or non-technical support. It’s been fairly quiet there, but I’ll check in every few days in case anyone has a question.

NeTV2 is a complicated product with a huge potential space of features, and what you’re receiving is what I consider to be the minimum viable NeTV2. I anticipate there will be a flurry of feature requests, some of which may or may not be within my capability to implement. I’ve allocated a good chunk of time the next couple of months to support the features that I can implement, while hopefully growing the developer community so other specialists can add the features that I can’t.

I look forward to our journey refining the firmware together! The beauty (and curse) of open source is that a release isn’t a destination – it’s just a tag on the endless road to a better product.

Happy hacking,

-b.


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Product Choices

$215

NeTV2 - Just the Board

Just the NeTV2 open video development board plus a 12V power supply. For the power developer who has their own JTAG box or the hobbyist who enjoys spending an afternoon provisioning a Raspberry Pi with the NeTV2 dev tools.


$345

NeTV2 Quickstart Package

For developers and users who want to skip the screwdrivers and go straight to a SSH prompt. The Quickstart Package is a turnkey solution for open video, optimized for video overlay. It's an NeTV2 dev board bundled with a Raspberry Pi 3 B+, 8 GiB SD card with pre-loaded base firmware package, power supply, and our custom HDMI Jumper, all assembled into a case and fully tested. Ready for you to SSH in and load your application code!


$445

100T NeTV2 Quickstart Package - Limited

This is a limited-availability configuration of the Quickstart Package that has the super-beefy 100T FPGA (a $170+ value) rather than the 35T. This gives you about a 3x boost in logic and RAM capacity - plenty of power for even machine learning/artificial intelligence implementations.


$25

NeTV2 - Just the Case

All the plastic parts necessary to protect and mount your NeTV2 dev board: case top and bottom, front bezel, light pipes, standoffs, and screws. If you plan to mate this with your own Raspberry Pi as a video source, you'll also want to get the Custom HDMI Jumper.


$25

Thermal Management Kit

Keep your NeTV2 cool with this thermal management kit that includes 30 mm fan with pre-crimped cable, mounting bracket, and a set of screws for attaching the fan to the bracket, and the bracket to the Peek Array in the NeTV2 enclosure.


$15

Custom HDMI Jumper

Even the shortest HDMI cables don't quite fit inside the NeTV2 case, so we built a custom PCB that provides impedance-controlled differential pairs to bridge between the Raspberry Pi overlay video source and the NeTV2 open video dev board. Make sure to select the correct FPGA image when using this cable, as it leverages the pinout flexibility of the FPGA to optimize signal routing.

Credits

Alphamax

We create products for digital video processing.


Andrew Huang


AQS Inc.

Contract Manufacturer

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