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
Quad-core Cortex A9 CPU with NEON FPU @ 1.2GHz
NDA-free datasheet and programming manual
Boot from microSD firmware
64-bit, DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM slot
Internal ports & sensors:
mini PCI-express slot
UIM slot for mPCIx mobile data card support
Dual-channel LVDS LCD connector with USB2.0 side-channel for a display-side camera
Resistive touchscreen controller
Stereo 1.1W, 8-ohm internal speaker connectors
2x USB2.0 internal connectors for keyboard and mouse/trackpad
Digital microphone (optional, not populated by default)
3x internal UART ports
SD card reader
headphone + mic port (compatible with most mobile phone headsets, supports sensing in-line cable buttons)
2x USB 2.0 ports, supporting high-current (1.5A) device charging
100Mbit ethernet — dual Ethernet capability allows laptop to be used as an in-line packet filter or router
USB OTG — enables laptop to spoof/fuzz ethernet, serial, etc. over USB via gadget interface to other USB hosts
Utility serial EEPROM — for storing crash logs and other bits of handy data
Spartan-6 CSG324-packaged FPGA — has several interfaces to the CPU, including a 2Gbit/s (peak) RAM-like bus — for your bitcoin mining needs. Or whatever else you might want to toss in an FPGA.
High-speed I/O expansion header — useful for implementing a wide variety of functions, from simple GPIO breakouts to high-performance analog data sampling front-ends
Includes the motherboard, with the following case and accessories:
Gen-2 hacker case — not for casual home users
Injection molded ABS bottom shell
Injection molded ABS port farm cover
2x anodised aluminium bezels (one blue in colour, other colour TBD)