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Dec

28

Manufacturing Update: Desktop Units

Dear Backers,

Happy holidays! This will be a relatively brief update, as both xobs and I are currently en route to the 31st Chaos Computer Congress.

We’re happy to report that the first round of Novena main boards have reached the doorsteps of many of our customers. We’ve also sent a pilot shipment to each unique country on our list of backers. With any luck, most of the pilot units will be delivered without any harassment from customs, at which point we will release the balance of our backer units.

For those of you who placed pre-orders for the motherboard after the crowdfunding campaign ended, your units will ship in late January. Similarly, desktop pre-orders will ship after the crowdfunding campaign desktop orders have shipped.

Speaking of the desktop unit, it’s coming along nicely. Production has already started, but instead of rushing units out the door, we’ve elected to do a thorough quality check of the initial production run. As a result, we’re having an initial article mailed to us in Hamburg while we are at 31C3. We’ll review the unit for fitness, and send tweaks as necessary back to the factory. We’ll also take photos of the user assembly process to act as a guide for when backers receive their units.

Remember, each unit is a kit that ships with two bezels, and you get the opportunity to pick which bezel to use with your LCD. However, we do urge you to read the assembly guide, because the LCD panel is very fragile and easily damaged if you flex the circuit board bonded to the glass.

Once we sign off on the initial article, we’ll ship the first round of desktop units to Crowd Supply for fulfillment. Our best guess is this will happen just around the New Year.

This means the delay on the mainboards is having a domino effect on the rest of the schedule. Our best guess at the moment is that the laptop units will also be delayed by a month, so instead of shipping in January, they will most likely start shipping in February; and likewise, the Heirloom units will also most likely be delayed until March. We deeply apologize for the delay, but it’s been hard to make up time given the complexity of the project. We feel uncomfortable cutting corners, and we think our backers will be better served by us taking the time to make sure the quality is where we want it to be, rather than cutting process checks to try to meet the original schedule.

That being said, we’ll send a tweet once the first desktop units depart from our facility for Crowd Supply – hopefully, it will be within the next week or so.

Happy holidays, and thanks again for your continued patience and enthusiasm.

-bunnie & xobs

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Product Choices

$550

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.


$425

Hacker Case Kit

The barebones hacker case kit! It'll give you the structure on which to build your custom Novena set-up using your main board. Grab some mounting screws from the hardware store, and you're ready to go.


$35

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.


$110

Battery

Overstock of the custom-manufactured batteries for the campaign - these are 5000mAh 3-cell lithium battery packs that fit especially well into the Novena desktop or laptop case. *International shipping not available for this item.


$16

Battery Holder

A holder for the standard Novena battery pack mentioned above. Holds the battery nicely in the Peek array of the injection-molded case. Has a 4mm bullet connector.


$58

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.


$90

LCD Screen

This is the same screen as that used in the desktop and laptop Novena configurations. It is a 13.3" amorphous silicon TFT active matrix IPS LCD at 1920 x 1080, 166 ppi, 350 cd/m2 luminance at max brightness, 700:1 contrast ratio (typical), 14ms TR, 11ms Tf (typical) response time, and a wide viewing angle of approximately 89 degrees vertically or horizontally in any direction.


$50

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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