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 Jan 09, 2015

Desktop Shipping Update

Dear Backers,

Before we get started, there’s just one thing we want everyone to see:

We are starting to ship desktop units to backers, and you’re going to need to assemble the LCDs into your bezels. It’s extremely important that backers be aware that holding the LCD by the black area will most definitely break your LCD; a small amount of torque applied to the PCB within the black area will cause it to delaminate from the LCD glass, and you will be very sad.

Now appropriately warned, there is an assembly guide available for the desktop units:

We strongly encourage all desktop and laptop backers to review this assembly guide, as it contains important information that will greatly improve your chances of building your kit correctly.

Currently, about two dozen desktop units are en route to our first backers located in the continental US. We’d like to make sure the units get to you undamaged before releasing shipment to the remainder of the backers. Everything about the assembly is full custom – down to the shipping box. It’s a lot of small things to get right, and most major manufacturers wouldn’t even consider a run the size of this campaign to be a pilot run – this is closer in size to an R&D lot. So, even though all the material is ready to go, we’ll sleep a lot better if we incrementally ship the units and get feedback from a few customers first. We apologize for making some backers wait a bit longer for their units, and we thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

-bunnie & xobs

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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.


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