Novena (computing Platform)
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Novena Computing Platform
Novena logo015.png
Date invented2014
Design firmBunnie Studios
ProcessorARM Cortex-A9 (Freescale i.MX6 Quad)
Frequency1.2GHz (quad-core)
Memory4 GiB DDR3
  • 1×1Gbit/s Ethernet
  • 1×100Mbit/s Ethernet
  • USB 2.0, supporting high-current (1.5A)
  • HDMI
  • 3.5mm 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 quad-core ARM architecture (i.MX6) 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]

The open-source hardware laptop motherboard, Novena, by Andrew "bunnie" Huang and Sean "Xobs" Cross.

On May 19, 2014, the crowdfunding campaign concluded having raised just over 280% of its target. The extra funding allowed the project to achieve 4 "stretch goals": the development of free and open source graphics drivers for the on-board video accelerator (etnaviv); the inclusion of a general-purpose breakout board providing 16 FPGA outputs and 8 FPGA inputs (3.3V or 5V gang-selectable via software), six 10-bit analog inputs (up to 200ksps sample rate) and two 10bit analog outputs (~100ksps max rate); the inclusion of a "ROMulator" breakout board capable of emulating TSOP NAND flash devices; and inclusion of a MyriadRF software defined radio at all hardware-purchasing backing levels.[5] The three hardware stretch goals 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.

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 main boards were manufactured by AQS, an electronics manufacturing services provider.[6]

See also


  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 2016.
  2. ^ "Novena". Crowd Supply. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Klint Finley (2014-04-02). "The Almost Completely Open Source Laptop Goes on Sale". Enterprise. WIRED. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Novena Helps Hackers Build Their Own Laptop". 2014-04-02. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Stretch Goals". Novena. Crowd Supply. April 21, 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Stett Holbrook (April 2, 2014). "The World's First Open Source Laptop Makes its Debut". Make. Retrieved 2016.

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