by Design SHIFT

An open source, physically secure personal computer.

View all updates Aug 26, 2016


We’ve been getting a lot of great questions about ORWL, which has helped us flesh out the ORWL wiki. Of particular interest are two new documents: the product requirements document (PRD) and the datasheet.

Product Requirements Document

A product requirements document (PRD) is an embodiment of the often conflicting interests of the designer, manufacturer, and end user, ensuring that everyone is on the same page. Nearly every mass-produced electronics project starts with a PRD, which serves as the single source of truth for all parties working to bring the product to life. PRDs often include proprietary information and are rarely exposed to public scrutiny. For the sake of transparency and soliciting feedback, we’re happy to share our PRD. You can download the ORWL product requirement document directly from our wiki. The only difference between this public-facing PRD and our internal PRD is that personal contact information has been redacted.

A PRD evolves as product development progresses. After a lot of back and forth, all parties eventually agree on a single version, which is anointed version 1.0 and is referenced in purchase orders and the like. Changes in the PRD, say from 1.0 to 1.01, require the agreement of all parties. As you can see, ORWL’s PRD is at version 0.61, which means it has undergone many major revisions. Any revisions between now and the 1.0 milestone will largely be refinements to what is already in place.


In contrast to the 56-page PRD, the four-page ORWL datasheet provides a simple overview of ORWL’s technical specifications and available configurations.

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Thanks again to everyone for their questions and interest. Feel free to contact us with any questions, suggestions, or other feedback.

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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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