A project to build a highly hackable, open source computer has raised $700,000 through crowd funding, more than twice its original goal.
The Novena is designed for modders who want to tinker with both the software and hardware inside their machine.
The device ships with a 1.2GHz Freescale quad-core iMX6 Arm-based CPU coupled with a Xilinx Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and a high speed I/O expansion header.
All the documentation for the printed circuit boards is open and free to download, the entire OS is buildable from source, and it comes with a variety of features that facilitate rapid prototyping.
A Crowd Supply campaign to fund the building of the laptop closed on Sunday, with backers pledging $702,445.
The Novena was devised by xobs and Andrew 'bunnie' Huang, former hardware lead on the open source Chumby internet appliance, who last year described building a laptop as a "geek fantasy".
Four varieties of Novena are available: just the board for $500; an all-in-one desktop for $1,195; a laptop for $1,195; and an heirloom laptop with a hand-crafted wood and aluminium case for $5,000.
Boards are expected to ship from November this year, with the other SKUs becoming available over the following six months. The laptop and desktop machines will be designed to allow easy access to the motherboard, as it will not be blocked by the keyboard mounting plate.
Because the project broke through its stretch goals, the team behind Novena is working on a number of additional features including: free software 2D/3D graphics drivers for the machine, a ROMulator breakout board and a MyriadRF software defined radio. The team will also offer a general-purpose breakout board able to buffer 16 FPGA outputs and eight FPGA inputs and provide six 10-bit analog inputs (up to 200ksps sample rate) and two 10bit analog outputs (with about 100ksps max rate).
Freescale iMX6 CPU
Internal ports & sensors:
Includes the motherboard, with the following case and accessories:
Gen-2 hacker case — not for casual home users
13.3-inch amorphous silicon TFT active matrix LCD
LVDS to eDP adapter board
Internal accessory connectors
Most components are pre-assembled in the case, including the internal accessory connectors, the motherboard, and eDP adapter board. User assembly required for LCD bezel selection, and for speaker box.
All of the components from the desktop version above, plus:
SATA-style connector to route power and control signals to the main board
Works with battery packs used by most RC enthusiasts
Classic Molex disk connector for battery connector
Learns your battery pack
STM32 master controller
SATA-II interface (3Gbps)
Intel 530 series or equivalent (SanDisk drive in the photos is a throw-away for our dev purposes only, we would not subject end users to such a drive)
Full desktop Debian firmware load
3000mAh 3-cell lithium battery pack
Manufactured by Turnigy and shipped separately, installed by user
User can swap in their own battery pack
Cable adapter from Molex to in-line 4mm bullet connector provided
330 mm x 225 mm x 27mm to bezel surface (30mm with socket cap screws)
1.36kg (3 pounds) in configuration as pictured