EOMA68 Computing Devices

by EOMA68

An Earth-friendly way to easily upgrade and fix your own computer

View all updates Dec 04, 2018

What do 1,000 EOMA68-A20 PCBs look like?

This is so under-dramatic. You’d think that 1,000 PCBs would take up more space. The reality is each PCB is only 46 mm x 78 mm x 1.2 mm. If stacked in a box 50 cm x 40 cm they would come to a height of only around 30 cm. That’s only 20” x 16” x 12”. The hilarious thing is: even when fully assembled, the cards are only 5 mm high, so that will be only around four boxes of the same size. That’s a filing cabinet’s worth of computing power, totaling two million MHz worth of CPU cycles (and around 1,000 GFLOPs) and only drawing around 3 kilowatts if they were all powered up. For a brief period of time, I will have that supercomputer I always dreamed about. Ah, well, easy come, easy go. (Wait: it wasn’t easy!)

1,000 EOMA68-A20 PCBs

So, the next phase is to get all the Micro Desktops made up, and 100 of the v2.7.5 EOMA68-A20 boards made up and tested. Then, if they’re good, we do the remaining 900. My friend in Hong Kong is going to lend me a laptop - we will install Debian GNU/Linux on it, along with an ssh tunnel script, so I can get access to CPU cards plugged into it and use FEL-USB uploads to test that they work, remotely, from outside of China.

Also, Joshua kindly pointed out that the RYF Certification will need an OS. Unfortunately, with the Parabola master microSD Card having been corrupted (completely destroyed), the work done on getting it up and running will need to be completely redone. That includes getting eudev and sysvinit onto it. I have a stock root filesystem: I can’t use it (via an upgrade), as there were too many changes made a year ago, so I’ll have to do a complete rebuild. That involved a pivot_root onto an NFS root mountpoint within qemu running qemu: qemu parabola-x86 running qemu parabola-armhf. Funfunfun.

In the meantime, the new pre-launch page for the Libre RISC-V SoC is up and starting with updates, too. If you’d like to follow that adventure, please subscribe to project updates there.


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$65

Libre Tea Computer Card

An EOMA68-compatible computer card with an Allwinner A20 dual core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of NAND flash pre-installed with the Parabola GNU/Linux-libre operating system. We expect the Libre Tea Computer Card to receive the Free Software Foundation's Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification before the first units ship.


$65

Practically Perfect Computer Card

An EOMA68-compatible computer card with an Allwinner A20 dual core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of NAND flash pre-installed with the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.


$65

Numero Uno Computer Card

An EOMA68-compatible computer card with an Allwinner A20 dual core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of NAND flash pre-installed with the Devuan GNU/Linux operating system.


$65

Getting Ahead Computer Card

An EOMA68-compatible computer card with an Allwinner A20 dual core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of NAND flash pre-installed with the Fedora 24 GNU/Linux operating system.


$55

Micro Desktop Housing for Computer Card

This is a Micro Desktop base unit and power supply unit with a beautiful laser-cut stack of 3mm plywood panels that creates an aesthetically attractive tiny base unit for your Computer Cards. Excludes Computer Card, keyboard, mouse and VGA monitor.


$450

PIY Laptop Housing Kit for Computer Card

This Print-It-Yourself (PIY) kit includes all the parts, cabling and boards (main, power, and controller, assembled and tested), and battery, charger, keyboard, LCD, and CTP-LCD for trackpad that are needed to build a complete Libre Laptop once you 3D print the enclosure from the freely available GPLv3+ licensed plans. Excludes Computer Card.


$500

PFY Laptop Housing Kit for Computer Card

This Printed-For-You (PFY) kit has everything needed to create a full EOMA68 Laptop, including a 3D printed set of casework parts, bamboo plywood panels, tested and assembled PCBs, cables, battery, charger, keyboard, LCD, and CTP-LCD for trackpad. Available in a variety of colors and materials. Excludes Computer Card.


$1,200

Completely Assembled Laptop + Computer Card

A meticulously hand-assembled and fully-tested laptop. Includes your choice of EOMA68-A20 Computer Card and 3D-printed casework.


$10,000

On-site Consultation, Presentation, and Workshop + Laptop + Computer Card

For those people who would like the opportunity to meet the designers and have them personally go over the project's development, history, future direction and much more, a week's time can be made available to meet with you personally, to do a hands-on workshop to help you (and any number of additional attendees) through the process of putting together your own fully-functioning laptop and even take you through the process of building and installing the software. Also included will be one Laptop with a Computer Card which will be assembled on-site. You must provide travel, accommodation, tools and a suitable workshop and presentation space. Contact us directly for details.


$20

PCMCIA/EOMA68 Breakout Board

One PCMCIA/EOMA68 Breakout Board with one surface mount PCMCIA header, and tracks to some convenient 2.54-mm-spaced through-holes. Added by popular demand, for access, tinkering, development work, testing, etc.


$35

Pass-through Card

A simple card that takes in HDMI and USB and passes them on. Turns a Laptop Housing into a portable, battery-powered dock for your smartphone, USB-HDMI dongle computer, and tablet, or a second screen, keyboard, and mouse for your existing laptop or desktop PC.


$15

USB + HDMI Cable Set for Standalone Operation

Includes a Micro HDMI Type D cable and 3-way USB-OTG Host-Charger cable tested and known to work with EOMA68 Computer Cards. These are the cables you need to run a Computer Card as a standalone device without the need for a housing. Also useful with the Micro Desktop or Laptop Housing to add a second screen and extra USB port.

Credits

EOMA68


Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton

Developer

Christopher Waid

Sponsor

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