Hackboard 2

by Hackboard

A powerful & affordable Windows 10 Pro SBC with optional 4G or 5G connectivity

View all updates Apr 27, 2021

Production Status & Supply Chain Delays

by Jon Prove

Dear Hackboard backers,

We wanted to give you an update on our production and shipping schedule and to share as much information as possible to keep you informed on our progress. As many of you are aware, the electronics industry is suffering a global shortage of chips, driven first by the pandemic, followed by a huge increase in demand as markets recover. Manufacturers of everything from computers to automobiles have been affected and, unfortunately, we are no exception. This shortage has forced us to delay shipment of the Hackboard 2 as we resolve these issues. We expect it shouldn’t be more than three months to complete production, plus a few weeks of logistics to get Hackboards into your hands. Once the new design is finalized and we’ve ordered the parts, we’ll be able to give you a more precise timeframe. We’re sorry about the delay - we know you’re anxious to receive your Hackboard 2 and we’re just as anxious to ship it to you!

Here’s some background on the work we’re doing and the challenges we’ve faced.

As you may know, to test and validate our product, we created the original Hackboard 1 with the available Intel N3350 processor and associated parts in order to deliver the highest possible specification at the most affordable price. Our roadmap to migrate to the N4020 platform for the Hackboard 2 — the product you’ve backed on Crowd Supply — was to be a straightforward upgrade to the faster processor and related components, while taking advantage of upgrades in Wi-Fi and LAN speeds.

Unfortunately, when we began ordering parts for the Hackboard 2 design last month, suppliers were slow to confirm their stock, component availability was limited, and prices had skyrocketed. We have been working hard to find available components or substitute alternative high-quality parts and we’ve made some excellent progress, but we still have work to do.

Some of the most critical shortages include the LAN and audio components, with ridiculously long lead times. Another component that’s been a challenge is eMMC storage. One solution we’ve identified regarding eMMC memory is the option of replacing the 64 GB of eMMC storage with a 64 GB SATA drive using flash memory. These drives have better inventory availability, the same access speeds as the eMMC chips and will enable us to possibly offer additional upgrade options for larger drive sizes.

As you can imagine, we are working hard to redesign the board to accommodate these changes with more readily available components. Because chips are not identical and do not use the same electrical layout, we are involving the IC suppliers in our redesign and are getting significant support in our work.

On a positive note, while other suppliers are more locked into parts in their current product lines and are unable to alter products without significant changes to their design and regulatory approvals, since this is our first product to market, we are able to be more flexible in our approach to find available components and bring our product to market. We are getting significant help from Intel and our distributors and we will keep you posted on our progress. Thank you for your patience and your ongoing support.

As usual, you can see the status of your Hackboard 2 order by logging into your Crowd Supply account.

Best regards,
The Hackboard Team

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Jon Prove

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Product Choices

$140

Hackboard 2 with Windows 10 Pro

This Hackboard 2 single-board computer comes preloaded with Microsoft Windows 10 Pro. Along with the board itself, you'll receive a 12 VDC / 3 A international power supply, a heatsink, two board-mountable antennas, an instruction pamphlet, and stickers. Optional 4G and 5G cellular modems available separately.


$115

Hackboard 2 with Ubuntu Linux

This Hackboard 2 single-board computer comes preloaded with Ubuntu Linux. Along with the board itself, you'll receive a 12 VDC / 3 A international power supply, a heatsink, two board-mountable antennas, an instruction pamphlet, and stickers. Optional 4G and 5G cellular modems available separately.


$15

Aluminum + ABS Plastic Case

This custom enclosure both protects and cools your Hackboard 2. The bottom half is made of injection-molded plastic and the top half is made of milled aluminum, which doubles as a heatsink. Hackboard 2 not included.


$180

Hackboard 2 Starter Kit

This kit has everything you need to hook up Hackboard 2 to your own monitor or TV and be productive right away. It includes everything that comes with a Hackboard 2 with Windows 10 Pro, plus a milled aluminum and ABS plastic case, a 1080p USB 2 video camera, and a wireless keyboard with integrated trackpad, all slim and lightweight enough to take on the go. Optional 4G and 5G cellular modems available separately.


$299

Hackboard 2 Complete Kit

This kit has everything you need to be productive right away. It includes everything that comes with a Hackboard 2 Starter Kit, plus a portable 13.3" IPS 1080p HD display with integrated speakers, USB C and HDMI inputs, a mini USB B power supply (5 V / 3 A), and protective cover that doubles as a stand, all slim and lightweight enough to take on the go. Optional 4G and 5G cellular modems available separately.


$50

4G Cellular Modem

This NVMe module can be installed directly onto your Hackboard 2 and fits comfortably within the protective case. Slide a SIM card with a data plan (not included) into your Hackboard 2's SIM card slot and you're connected to a 4G network (where available).


$299

5G Cellular Modem

This NVMe module can be installed directly onto your Hackboard 2 and fits comfortably within the protective case. Slide a SIM card with a data plan (not included) into your Hackboard 2's SIM card slot and you're connected to a 5G network (where available).

Credits

Hackboard

We're a passionate team of experienced designers, engineers and marketers based in Austin, London, and Shenzhen. We create affordable, powerful technology for hands-on education and invention.


Mike Callow

Jon Prove

Dean Kline

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