IceWhale Technology
Home Automation
Laptops & PCs

ZimaBlade

A single-board x86 personal server for cyber natives

$406,760 raised

of $50,000 goal

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With the constant expansion of the internet into all aspects of the current digital era, a massive amount of personal information is being generated and collected at an unprecedented rate. It’s time to reevalute how cloud computing intrudes on personal privacy. Meet ZimaBlade.

Your Personal, Local Server

ZimaBlade is an x86 personal server designed for local execution and control of everything from file sharing and media playback, to key management and encrypted P2P transmission. Gigabit Ethernet connectivity ensures uninterrupted network access, while PCIe slots, SATA ports, and USB ports offer endless expansion options. A rugged, custom enclosure keeps everything safe and looking great.

Note: The white PCB shown is an engineering prototype and is for evaluation only; the final version of the PCB will be black.

Features & Specifications

Block Diagram

Enclosure

A custom, three-piece enclosure keeps ZimaBlade protected and stylish. An opaque frame of injection-molded polycarbonate allows access to all ports at both ends and serves as a rugged frame. A transparent top plate of injection-molded polycarbonate simultaneously protects and shows off the mainboard. A bottom plate of machined aluminum alloy thermally couples to the mainboard’s processor to dissipate heat for silent, fan-free operation. Four black silicone non-slip feet keep your ZimaBlade steady.

Clockwise from upper left: injection-molded opaque polycarbonate frame, injection-molded transparent polycarbonate top shell, machined aluminum allow bottom plate and heatsink, and ZimaBlade mainboard
Fully assembled ZimaBlade
Accessible PCIe connector

Benchmarks

The quad-core (7700) version of ZimaBlade was used in the benchmarks below.

MetricRating
Passmark CPU Mark2238 points
Geekbench 4 Single-core1412 points
Geekbench 4 Multi-core3944 points
Watt Ratio394 PTS/W
Speed36.72 GFLOPS

Connect, Expand, Hack

Trusted File Storage

With ZimaBlade’s dual SATA 3 ports and PCIe slots, you can create a personal NAS with up to 154 TB of storage to backup and access your most important files over either Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Self-Hosted AI

Get Auto-GPT up and running with a single click. Ever want to automate news tracking, more easily control your smart home, or train a digital social media assistant? With ZimaBlade, you can, and maintain full control.

Media Streaming

From your favorite movies to hi-res music, ZimaBlade can stream everything you need, wherever you are. Because it’s your server, there are no subscriptions or fees.

Retro gaming

Enjoy ZimaBlade’s ultimate retro gaming experience and relive the best of 20th century games. ZimaBlade brings endless hours of nostalgic fun right to your fingertips!

CasaOS

ZimaBlade comes pre-installed with the open source CasaOS operating system, a human-friendly home automation OS that runs on a wide range of hardware. Setting up and managing your home server is a snap with CasaOS’s point-and-click installation of 50+ Docker apps (plus over 100,000 other Docker apps), elegant drive management, and intuitive status reports.

CasaOS is our commitment to our global open source community of developers and users. The CasaOS GitHub repository has over 12,000 stars and our Discord server has over 12,000 members. Join us!

Data Synchronization

Have peace of mind knowing your data is consistently up to date across all your devices. No fear of a local system failure or data loss. Quick synchronization ensures your files and documents are backed up and protected.

Remote Access

Foster efficient teamwork by streamlining workflows and avoiding version conflicts. Provides you with the flexibility and convenience to stay productive. Seamless real-time collaboration with colleagues, clients, or friends, regardless of physical location.

Built-In App Store

Over 20 pre-installed apps and 50+ community-verified apps offer a diverse range of categories, such as downloaders, entertainment, utilities, and more. A plethora of options to enhance your ZimaBlade’s functionality and cater to your specific needs.

Guided Tour of ZimaBlade + CasaOS

Design Philosophy: Dream Big with Small Servers

In the spirit of our ZimaBoard series, ZimaBlade is a tool to protect digital freedom. We ditched traditional bulky shapes and redefined the standard for lightweight servers — low-power, elastic, modular, palm-sized, and multi-core. With modern distributed applications and AI, we can finally dream big with small servers.

Manufacturing Plan

Over the past few years, we have been working to build a complete hardware development process and supply chain from scratch. We have accumulated extensive experience in electronic component procurement, manufacturing, testing, transportation, quality control, and product design. The first generation ZimaBoard has shipped 30,000 units worldwide. All of this experience will be brought to bear on ZimaBlade. At a high level, our plan is:

Fulfillment & Logistics

After production, all ZimaBlade products will be shipped to Crowd Supply’s fulfillment partner, Mouser Electronics, which will deliver to backers worldwide. Additional information about Crowd Supply’s fulfillment service can be found in the Ordering, Paying, and Shipping section of their guide.

Risks & Challenges

If any situation delays the estimated delivery time of ZimaBlade, we will promptly notify backers through project updates. In general, we face three categories of risk:


Mission

Without a doubt, the not-too-distant future holds a vision of humans and artificial intelligence living in symbiosis. As we venture forth into this advanced new world, our aspiration is to safeguard a pristine and unblemished realm, a utopia of sorts. Welcome the digital age with open arms and firmly uphold our data autonomy.

IceWhale is committed to exploring new social digital governance systems, providing safe and efficient tools, and crafting practical long-term solutions for individuals and enterprises to meet their specific challenges. We attach great importance to the open-source spirit and keep our focus on powering the CasaOS community.


Community Contributors

Many thanks to these contributors in the IceWhale community, above from left to right:

In the Press

Liliputing

"Each model is a compact board that measures 107 x 80mm (4.2″ x 3.1″), making the little computer larger than a Raspberry Pi Model B, but smaller than most desktop PCs."

CNX Software

"The ZimaBlade board can be used to create a personal NAS, a self-hosted AI server based on Auto-GPT open-source project, a media server, a retro-gaming console, and whatever you may think of."

Linux Gizmos

"ZimaBlade also features an aluminum alloy heatsink located underneath the board to effectively dissipate heat, ensuring optimal performance and temperature management for the device."

Noted

"Personal privacy in a small footprint that also harnesses enough power to manage your home server applications and other fun projects."


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Produced by IceWhale Technology in Shanghai, China.

Sold and shipped by Crowd Supply.

ZimaBlade 3760

Start your journey with a dual-core ZimaBlade, a USB Type-C cable, and a SATA cable.

$64 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

ZimaBlade 7700

Boost your power with a quad-core ZimaBlade, a USB Type-C cable, and a SATA cable.

$96 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

ZimaBlade 7700 Advanced Kit

Get serious with a quad-core ZimaBlade, 16 GB of DDR3L RAM, a 12 V / 3 A power adapter, a 4k @ 60 Hz Mini DisplayPort male to HDMI female cable, a USB Type-C cable, and a SATA cable.

$128 $10 US Shipping / $20 Worldwide

ZimaBlade 7700 NAS Kit

Go big with this network-attached storage (NAS) kit, which includes a quad-core ZimaBlade, 16 GB of DDR3L RAM, a 12 V / 3 A power adapter, a 4k @ 60 Hz Mini DisplayPort male to HDMI female cable, a USB Type-C cable, and a SATA cable, a dual 3.5'' storage drive stand, and a special SATA Y-cable. Storage drives not included.

$144 $15 US Shipping / $25 Worldwide

ZimaBlade 12-Core 48 GB Cluster

Build your own three-node cluster! This kit includes 3 x quad-core ZimaBlade, 3 x 16 GB of DDR3L RAM, 3 x 12 V / 3 A power adapter, 3 x USB Type-C cable, 3 x SATA cable, 3 x SATA Y-cable, and 1 x dual 3.5'' storage drive stand. Storage drives not included.

$392 $18 US Shipping / $29 Worldwide

About the Team

IceWhale Technology

Shanghai, China  ·   IceWhaleTech  ·   zimaboard.com

Our mission is to revolutionize the digital realm with personal servers that build and protect your data and economic sovereignty. We are the creators of CasaOS, an open source personal cloud OS that we launched in 2022 and has since earned over 12,000 GitHub stars.

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