|Design firm||Bunnie Studios|
|Processor||ARM Cortex-A9 (Freescale i.MX6 Quad)|
|Memory||4 GiB DDR3|
The initial design of Novena started in 2012. 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.
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. 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.