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Open Source Notebook Novena Gets First Motherboard

By - Source: Andrew Huang | B 7 comments

Chumby developer Andrew Huang is working on a new project that could result in an open source DIY notebook.

Huang said that he is only using hardware components with blueprints that are available free of licensing charges. Called Novena, the design of the device will also be made available free of charge.

Huang already published an image of the custom motherboard, which sports a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9, a Vivante GC2000 OpenGL ES2.0 GPU, 64-bit, DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM, upgradable to 4 GB, two internal and two external USB 2.0 connectors, as well as a 3-axis accelerometer. He mentioned that the design began in June of this year and the first prototype motherboard was shipped in early December. According to Huang, the board is booting Linux at this time.

With a size of 121 mm x 150 mm, Huang says that the board fits "comfortably underneath a standard-sized laptop keyboard". The height is 14 mm, which is comparable to boards used in today's mainstream notebooks.

While Huang said that he will allow his design to be used 1:1 by others as well as for improvements, he said that not many people will want to go through the rather tedious process of having their board actually manufactured. In this case, he suggested to launch a Kickstarter campaign, if we can find "a few hundred folks" that are interested in the design.


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    ojas , December 21, 2012 2:15 PM
    CP/M of the decade?
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    Anonymous , December 21, 2012 2:19 PM
    this is pretty interesting, its a clash between a regular notebook motherboard thats powered by arm. is there a quad a15 in the works?
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    DRosencraft , December 21, 2012 2:32 PM
    I've been waiting for this... this is great. Best of luck Mr. Huang.
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    abbadon_34 , December 22, 2012 2:21 AM
    I larger pic that's more legible would be nice
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    memadmax , December 22, 2012 5:40 AM
    Instantly, I was time transported to the 80's lol
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    memadmax , December 22, 2012 5:44 AM
    And to think, if the gov'ment and UNWO cracked down on the internet, then it really would have been the 80's all over again, as people would homebrew things like this on a massive scale...

    At least it would have been very educational for them... =D
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    victordgunn , July 9, 2013 6:07 AM
    Glad to hear this. I am into learning motherboards or different brands.


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