Novena

by Sutajio Kosagi

A new open-hardware computing platform, flexible and powerful, designed for use as a desktop, laptop, or standalone board.

View all updates Jul 09, 2014

Manufacturing Status

Dear Backers,

June was a busy month. We've fully engaged Jon Nettleton and delivered his promised campaign money, and Novena T-shirts have shipped; some backers have received them by now.

Beyond that, we've finessed the design for production and prepared most of the fabrication documentation. Not surprisingly, Novena is a fabulously complex piece of hardware to manufacture. We will be making no less than:

  • 8 unique PCB assemblies of varying complexity
  • 2 custom flat-flex cables
  • 7 custom cable assemblies
  • 27 custom mechanical parts, requiring
  • 11 steel tools for injection molding and metal bending/stamping

This doesn't count the efforts of MyriadRF, who have already sent us a sample of their updated SDR for fitting into the case, and so far everything looks good on that front.

We are also in the process of purchasing hundreds of line items worth of components, and if a single one is overlooked or missing, we will not be able to ship on time. It's a monumental task, but we are working closely with our sub-contractors to make sure everything comes out right. Collectively, we'll be putting in thousands of man-hours to make this happen!

On the firmware front, we've been working hard keeping up with the Linux mainline. Our Novenae are running Linux kernel v3.16-rc2, which brings with it performance improvements in ARM crypto, suspend-to-disk support, and a first draft of working suspend/resume support.

We've completely rewritten the audio driver and submitted it to the Linux audio maintainers. The new driver performs better, removes audio pop, and more importantly is destined for long-term support. We're waiting to hear from the maintainers on whether the driver will be included in its current form, or if we need to make additional changes. Getting the audio driver included is one of the last steps to go before we submit the Novena device tree file for mainline inclusion.

Keep an eye on our forum and our wiki for updates, and remember we're also in #kosagi on OFTC!

Thanks,
xobs & bunnie


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Product Choices

$250

Novena Mainboard Bundle

Get all the things! A novena mainboard, eDP adapter, eDP coax cable, AC power adapter, the GPBB board and cable clips.


$199

Just the Board

For crafty people who want to build their case and define their own style, we'll deliver to you the main PCBA, stuffed with 4GiB of RAM, 4GiB microSD card, and an Ath9k-based PCIe wifi card. Boots to a Debian desktop over HDMI.


$9

General Purpose Breakout Board (GPBB)

Breaking out all the goodies, this 40 pin header allows you easy access to the Novena Spartan-6 FPGA. The GPBB buffers 16 FPGA outputs and 8 FPGA inputs to be compatible with either 3.3V or 5V, gang-selectable via software. It also provides six 10-bit analog inputs (up to 200ksps sample rate) and two 10bit analog outputs (~100ksps max rate), all broken out to an easy-to-use 40-pin male 0.1” dual-row header. The board was created as a stretch goal in the original Novena crowdfunding campaign.


$12

eDP Adapter Board

This adapter board is a bridge between the LVDS port on the main board and the eDP connection for the LCD screen. It has hole placements to be secured directly over the main board using the appropriately sized M2 screws. See here for more details.


$30

AC Adapter

AC power supply for Novena configurations, with a US plug. 100-240V input at 50/60Hz and 1.5A. 18V output at 3.47A. Branded with the Novena logo!


$4

Cable Clips (Set of 3)

Helping you keep your project tidy, these cable ties screw (M2.5 screws with washers - not included) into the Novena case "Peek Array". Domestic shipping included.

Credits

Sutajio Kosagi

Sutajio Ko-usagi supports and produces open hardware products designed by bunnie and xobs.


bunnie

Hardware

Sean Cross

Software


Mottweiler Studio

Heirloom laptop design and fabrication

AQS Inc.

Contract Manufacturer

Monstro

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