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

Fourth Stretch Goal Complete!

Dear Backers,


Software. Defined. Radio. Say it because it’s fun!

A couple weeks ago, the SDR stretch goal loomed like a distant mirage, something we set out there as a “true stretch”. And yet now, here we are, writing you to inform you that we’ve met one of our trigger criteria for the stretch goal – a minimum of 200 combined units desktop/laptop/heirloom (“system-level”) units backed.

We can’t tell you how absolutely stoked we are to reach this milestone. Not only does it mean that our system-level backers get to play with even more cool hardware, we get to collaborate with another open hardware project, MyriadRF. This is a tangible example of how the sum can be greater than the parts when the open source and Free Software community come together and rally around a common goal.

The addition of a software defined radio to Novena opens up so many possibilities, it’s hard to list them. We are sincerely looking forward to seeing some jaw-dropping demos from the community. And for those who backed the board only, fear not – you can upgrade your pledge to to the desktop or higher version by emailing with your order information, and you will also get an SDR. And remember, the SDR reward is only good for pledges made or upgraded during the campaign, which ends in just a little over 2 days! After this, you will need to purchase the SDR from MyriadRF directly, and currently they list a similar module for $300.

We’re looking forward to tooling, manufacturing, and shipping these beauties to you over the next few months, and working hard to help grow the open source community.

Thank you.

bunnie & xobs

$782,382 raised

of $250,000 goal

312% Funded! Order Below

Product Choices


Novena Mainboard Bundle

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


Sutajio Kosagi

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