December 18, 2012, 6:21 AM — Open source software has become an increasingly widespread part of the computing world thanks to the ever-growing popularity of Linux, Firefox, LibreOffice, and other prominent examples. Fully open hardware, however, is still much less common.
Just a few weeks ago we saw the emergence of the Raspberry Pi-style A13-OLinuXino, but over the weekend another interesting contender came to light: a new, open laptop from the creator of the Chumby Internet device.
"The hardware and its sub-components are picked so as to make this the most practically open hardware laptop I could create using state of the art technology," Huang added. "You can download, without NDA, the datasheets for all the components, and key peripheral options are available so it's possible to build a complete firmware from source with no opaque blobs."
Huang may launch a Kickstarter campaign to offer the resulting ARM-based device up to the public, he said. In the meantime, here's a rundown of how it's shaping up.
Raspberry Pi compatibility
Currently code-named "Novena," the new DIY device uses a Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz and a Vivante GC2000 OpenGL ES2.0 GPU.
A mini PCI-express slot, a resistive touchscreen controller, a three-axis accelerometer, 100 Mbit Ethernet, and a Raspberry Pi-compatible expansion header are also among the laptop's many intriguing features.