Novena (computing platform)

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Novena logo
Novena system in operation
Date invented2014
Design firmBunnie Studios
ProcessorARM Cortex-A9 (Freescale i.MX6 quad-core)
Frequency1.2 GHz (quad-core)
Memory4 GiB DDR3
  • 1 Gbit/s Ethernet
  • 100 Mbit/s Ethernet
  • 2 × USB 2.0, supporting 1.5 A
  • HDMI
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • SD card reader

Novena is an open-source computing hardware project designed by Andrew "bunnie" Huang and Sean "Xobs" Cross. The initial design of Novena started in 2012.[1] It was developed by Sutajio Ko-usagi Pte. Ltd. and funded by a crowdfunding campaign which began on April 15, 2014. The first offering was a 1.2 GHz Freescale Semiconductor i.MX6 quad-core ARM architecture computer closely coupled with a Xilinx FPGA. It was offered in "desktop", "laptop", or "heirloom laptop" form, or as a standalone motherboard.[2][3][4]

Novena laptop motherboard

On May 19, 2014, the crowdfunding campaign concluded having raised just over 280% of its target. The extra funding allowed the project to achieve the following four "stretch goals", with the three hardware stretch goals being shipped in the form of add-on boards that use the Novena's special high-speed I/O expansion header, as seen in the upper-left of the Novena board:

  • Development of free and open source graphics drivers for the on-board video accelerator (etnaviv)
  • Inclusion of a general-purpose breakout board providing 16 FPGA outputs and eight FPGA inputs (3.3 or 5 V gang-selectable via software), six 10-bit analog inputs (up to 200 ksps sample rate) and two 10-bit analog outputs (~100 ksps max rate)
  • Inclusion of a "ROMulator" breakout board capable of emulating TSOP NAND flash devices
  • Inclusion of a MyriadRF software-defined radio at all hardware-purchasing backing levels.[5]

The Novena shipped with a screwdriver, as users are required to install the battery themselves, screw on the LCD bezel of their choice, and obtain speakers as a kit instead of using speaker boxes. Owners of a 3D printer can make and fine tune their own speaker box. The mainboards were manufactured by AQS, an electronics manufacturing services provider.[6]

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  1. ^ Andrew Huang; Sean Cross (October 27, 2015). "Novena: A Laptop With No Secrets: How we built a laptop with nothing but open-sourced hardware and software". IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "Novena". Crowd Supply. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  3. ^ Klint Finley (2014-04-02). "The Almost Completely Open Source Laptop Goes on Sale". Enterprise. WIRED. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  4. ^ "Novena Helps Hackers Build Their Own Laptop". 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  5. ^ "Stretch Goals". Novena. Crowd Supply. April 21, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Stett Holbrook (April 2, 2014). "The World's First Open Source Laptop Makes its Debut". Make. Retrieved November 4, 2016.

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