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 May 16, 2014

Second Stretch Goal Complete!

Dear Backers,

We hear you loud and clear - BREAK OUT ALL THE GPIOS!

Thanks to your overwhelming support, we have just blown past the second stretch goal at $350k, and all our backers will be receiving with their Novena system a General Purpose Breakout Board (GPBB). This makes it easier than ever to unlock the power of your built-in FPGA, as its 40-pin header format is conducive to economical rapid prototyping and bread boarding methods.

We are really excited to see what the user community does with their breakout-board enabled Novena systems. The GPBB turns many tasks into a matter of plugging a few wires into a header and blasting a bitfile to the FPGA, ranging from controlling robotics servos to talking to IR remotes to flipping solid state relays that can then control appliances, to reading simple sensors, such as those for temperature or light level.

Amazingly, we are just 19 desktop/laptop/heirloom units short of hitting the MyriadRF SDR stretch goal; and upon hitting that goal, most likely we will simultaneously blow through the third stretch goal of a ROMulator board for everyone. Both of these are really exciting rewards that unlock a new level of hacking capability in your Novena-powered system.

So keep up the great work, and let's see if we can't get our user community another exciting reward or two in the next couple of days!

bunnie and xobs


$782,382 raised

of $250,000 goal

312% Funded! Order Below

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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