by Design SHIFT

An open source, physically secure personal computer.

View all updates Apr 20, 2017

Delivery Schedule and Edison Award

We know everyone is anxiously awaiting their ORWLs. It took a while to overcome parts shortages, but production is finally underway and we have a detailed delivery schedule. In addition, ORWL is getting some attention from the Edison Awards.

Production Progress

Here’s what’s been keeping us busy:

  • We faced worldwide SSD and Wi-Fi module shortages. Intel saved the day here, after a lot of effort. One happy side effect is we will increase the smallest drives from 120 GB to 180 GB for no additional charge. This upgrade will be automatic - you don't need to do anything.
  • The fan is now fully integrated and working well.
  • Following Eltan’s Coreboot implementation feedback we have changed the communication between the secure microcontroller and Intel CPU.
  • Our Coreboot-based UEFI BIOS now supports Qubes, Windows, and several other modern Linux distributions.
  • In order to prevent BLE replay attacks, we added some a feature to disable the key fob when we estimate the key is far from the unit. More details to come in a future update.

Delivery Schedule

Given the above progress, plus tackling a lot of smaller issues as they popped up, we FINALLY have all parts in stock for the next build! As such, we have released the PCB to manufacturing and the gears of production are turning, which means we can now be much more confident in the delivery schedule. In particular, we will ship 25 units between May 31 and June 6, 2017 (about four per day) and we will ship the remaining 50 or so units on June 20, 2017.

Last Chance for Current Pricing

As we are locking down the next build plan, we will move to the full retail price on May 1, 2017.

ORWL ModelCurrent PriceNew Price as of May 1, 2017
Intel Skylake M3 + 8 GB RAM + 180 GB SSD$799$1,699
Intel Skylake M7 + 8 GB RAM + 480 GB SSD$1,149$2,399

Edison Award for Data Security

We are thrilled to be in the Big Apple this week to show off ORWL and to accept the Edison Award for Data Security! The demo is open to the public, so please feel free to stop by and see the demo! Save the date:

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
  • The New York Academy of Sciences, 40th Floor, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007

Join us as well via Facebook Live with our CEO, Olivier Boireau, at 8:45 AM EDT on Thursday, April 20, 2017. We look forward to seeing you!

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Product Choices


ORWL - Glass Enclosure

The world's most physically secure computer. Comes with 8GB RAM, one secure key fob, Intel Skylake M7 processor, 480 GB storage capacity, operating system, and glass enclosure.


ORWL - Plastic Enclosure

The world's most physically secure computer. Comes with 8GB RAM, one secure key fob, Intel Skylake M3 processor, 120 GB storage capacity, operating system, and plastic enclosure.


Rackmount Server Chassis

This 1U steel rackmount server chassis is the perfect solution for housing up to three ORWL computers in a co-located server environment.


Design SHIFT

Design SHIFT was started in 2009 with the simple idea that with passion and focus small teams can deliver breakthrough products.

Daniel Nelson

Olivier Boireau

Gupta Shreeranganath

George Crum

James Pan

Michele McIntosh

Nick Yen

Pearl Lai

Stefan Carpentier

Alfie Lin

Tim Chen

Sean Wen

Erik Chen

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