Novena Laptop technical specifications

Novena Heirloom Laptop Computer Specifications

Novena is a 1.2GHz, Freescale quad-core ARM architecture computer closely coupled with aXilinx FPGA. It’s designed for users who care about Free Software and open source, and/or want to modify and extend their hardware: all the documentation for the PCBs 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.
• Freescale iMX6 CPU
Quad-core Cortex A9 CPU with NEON FPU @ 1.2 GHz
NDA-free datasheet and programming manual

• Internal memory:
Boot from microSD firmware
64-bit, DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM slot
SATA-II (3Gbps)

• 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)
3-axis accelerometer
3x internal UART ports

• External 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
1Gbit ethernet

• Dimensions
Board size: 6” x 0.75” x 5”
Weight: 4.8 oz

• Fun features:
100 Mbit 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

Shipped with pre-installed:
• 4GiB (minimum) microSD card with basic Debian install
• Ath9k (blob-free firmware) mPCIe wifi card, 802.11n b/g 1T1R
• 16V, 3.75A power supply (100-240V 50/60Hz input), with IEC C7 to NEMA 1-15P (e.g. two vertical blade unpolarized) AC cable.
• 13.3” amorphous silicon TFT active matrix LCD
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
166 ppi
350 cd/m2 luminance (max brightness)
700:1 contrast ratio (typ)
14ms Tr, 11 ms Tf (typ)
Wide viewing angle: +/- 89 degrees V/H (typ)

• LVDS to eDP adapter board
IT6251 chipset
Includes 56-pin flexible PCBA for connecting to main board
Includes 30-pin, 250mm long IPEX cable for connecting to LCD
Breakouts for USB and 4-wire resistive touchscreen upgrade options
• Intelligent Battery controller board:
• SATA-style connector to route power and control signals to the main board
• Works with battery packs used by most RC enthusiasts
Pre-populated with 3S1P balancing tap connector
Cheap and easy to buy
User can “pick their capacity” – the battery life isn’t fixed by design, it’s up to the user

• Classic Molex disk connector for battery connector
Requires adapter cable to the RC battery pack

• Fast-charge capability
Rates in excess of 4A
Charge a 45Wh 3S1P pack in ~1 hour
Active cell balancing

• Learns your battery pack
Over a few charge/discharge cycles, the controller determines the actual capacity of the pack
Tracks capacity degradation over time
Optimizes charging to reduce wear and tear on packs
Computes an accurate estimate of remaining battery capacity

• Statistics reporting
SMBus standard power interface
Stats such as remaining capacity, charging rate, current discharge rate, voltage, etc. available

• STM32 master controller
Runs ChibiOS
Enables autonomous operation when CPU board is powered off
Reprogrammable by host CPU, but requires a physical button press to enable programming, as a guard against surreptitious malware insertion
Has DAC output to drive an analog panel meter

• SATA-II interface (3Gbps)
• 480GiB Samsung 850 Pro SSD
• Full desktop Debian firmware load
Battery pack:
• 5000mAh 3-cell lithium battery pack
3-4 hours battery life depending on backlight level
May improve with firmware tuning of power management functions (measurements done with no CPU throttling, all peripherals powered on even if unused)

• User can swap in their own battery pack
• Cable adapter from Molex to in-line 4mm bullet connector provided