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Aug

14

Progress Report

Dear Backers!

We’ve been working hard to make Novena a reality for you, and wanted to update you on our progress on both the hardware and the software fronts.

For the hardware, we’ve got all the PCB components ordered, and all the custom production tools are in process, except for the speaker box. We’re still deciding upon a final dimension for the speaker cabinet – the trade-off we’re mulling is whether to optimize for hack space in the case vs. sound output.

We’re mostly on schedule, with a plan to do a first-fit build of the production tooled case sometime in September. We’re going to use-test these a bit, make some tweaks, and then move into mass production.

If you haven’t checked it out, here are the final production design sources for the hardware.

For the software, we’ve been focusing on refactoring the Senoko battery board. It now runs ChibiOS 3.0, and has the ability to take commands from the main CPU. This will allow the Novena mainboard to, for example, send a command to turn power off to the system, and tell whether AC power is connected.

Xobs also attended the Flock to Fedora conference this month, where he gave a keynote about Novena. While there, someone took him up on the offer to install Fedora on Novena, which required enabling a few more kernel features. As a result, the Novena kernel can now boot Fedora in addition to Debian.

We’re still working on mainlining the audio driver, and we’re very close to merging the device tree file. Once that’s done, we’ll have basic upstream support for Novena, and can get to work on the more specialized components such as Senoko and the eDP adapter board.

As always, you can track our progress on our wiki and get in touch with us at our forum.

Thanks,
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

Video Editing

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