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AU$ 4,666 pledged of AU$ 30,000 goal
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About this project

Got a software app and need a hardware platform to launch with? Or are you looking for an IoT microcomputer that enables connectivity in small spaces or at edge of network?

Virtualette V1 is a dual stack Allwinner A20 microcomputer weighing 39g with an 8GB onboard NAND flash, a real time clock including onboard battery and wakeup function and multiple IO interfaces.

More than a SBC, the new product is a fully-equipped microcomputer suitable for use as a deployable hardware platform. Supporting Linux/Android operating systems and with an ultra-compact design, examples of V1’s potential capabilities are:

  • As an individual desktop device or controller for a drone or robot.
  • As a liquid-cooled computer inside a 40mm PVC pipe.
  • As M2M nodes in a distributed intelligent security system.
  • Deployed as a peer-to-peer, machine-to-machine network in applications such as display information systems in airports or train stations.


Virtualette V1 is a ‘virtually anything’ microcomputer – just requiring your Linux/Android software app to drive it. Virtualette V1 will be shipped with its own optimized Linux-based OS, which can be tuned to suit the distro of your choice.

 

 

This device is capable of big data processing and storage through the Serial ATA port and can operate either individually as a single device, or connect as a clustered group to members of a larger collective to enable large scale combined processing power.

Whether you are a student, teacher, hacker, software creator, DIY developer, IT professional or industrialist looking for an embedded solution, V1 is being developed for everyone with an interest in deploying their solution into the IoT space.

Dimensions: 7.6cm x 3.7cm x 1.8cm (3" x 1.4" x 0.7") with mounting feet
Dimensions: 7.6cm x 3.7cm x 1.8cm (3" x 1.4" x 0.7") with mounting feet

 The History - Several years back we developed an IoT power conversion/storage management product using the Allwinner A13 ARM chip. Around the same time we were developing a Xilinx FPGA board and associated software projects for Apple II enthusiasts, called Carte Blanche II. Enjoying working with Allwinner's products and looking for ways to miniaturize our designs, we saw a way to combine all the technologies we were working with into a brand new design using the more powerful A20 chip.

So we prototyped a compact 'double decker' footprint and Virtualette V1 was created.

Today - we have six working prototypes that have successfully passed each stringent test cycle. Now, hopefully with your backing, we would like to move to the first production run, and give backers the Virtualette V1 board as their physical reward. We will provide your device with a robust OS in Linux that is ready to go out-of-the-box. Or you can load whichever of the Linux OS flavors you like best.

Future road map - after five years of designing with Allwinner products we have built libraries enabling us to create a road map for future designs based on quad-core and octo-core versions in the same efficient footprint as the current dual core - treading lightly on this earth.

We have also prototyped a number of Virtualette add-on peripheral boards including 3 video interfaces, a desktop development unit and an 'AIO: All in One'  to enable Virtualette's potential to be extended; due for release in 2017 (see Prototype Gallery).

http://www.virtualette.com/peripherals.html

Compact

The small footprint of 7.6cm x 3.7cm x 1.8cm (3" x 1.4" x 0.7") with mounting feet and weight of 39g make it one of the smallest yet most powerful microcomputers available today.

 

 

Powerful

The Virtualette V1 CPU is a dual core ARM Allwinner A20 32-bit processor that runs at 1GHz.

The GPU is a dual core (dual head) ARM Mali400 MP2 and runs at up to 350MHz.

Versatile

Virtualette V1 is an IoT 32-bit, 1GB capable, fully expandable, dual stack microcomputer. Designed to take software applications into places where it can be difficult to deploy a hardware solution, with PoE 9-48v, USB OTG 5v and lithium battery power options, Real Time Clock + Wakeup functions and CAN bus we think V1 is an agile device capable of being re-purposed as industry trends change.

Basic Set Up

For a basic working set up, connect V1 to a display, mouse and keyboard and you are ready to go.

Customized Set Up

V1 can be used either individually or in a collective cluster to enable large scale processing power. Try experimenting with Virtualette V1 and BOINC!

V1 is highly receptive in its adaptability, and we are excited about seeing how this board can be adopted by others as the core of new designs and hopefully seed many future ideas.

We have a few proven examples of how V1 can be used here:

http://www.virtualette.com/extras.html

Inside oil-filled tube for liquid cooling
Inside oil-filled tube for liquid cooling

 

'Cool Pool': Place oil-filled tube inside pool for bulk cooling
'Cool Pool': Place oil-filled tube inside pool for bulk cooling

 

Powered over Ethernet
Powered over Ethernet

 

Running multiple devices from a power-injected hub
Running multiple devices from a power-injected hub

 

Running off standard power device
Running off standard power device

 

Playing DVD via SATA
Playing DVD via SATA

Operating System

Virtualette V1 is a hardware platform for Linux/Android code, so you can load your choice of OS Linux flavors.

Virtualette V1 will be shipped with its own optimized Linux-based OS, which can be tuned to suit the distro of your choice

Users can change the OS by swapping over the micro SD card with their choice of OS. V1 has the option of booting from an external micro SD card or from its onboard NAND 8GB flash.

Additional storage can be added by inserting a USB2 drive or external hard drive (SATA compatible). V1 can be optionally booted by USB or a dedicated SPI ROM port.

OS Example Video 1 - Virtuette V1 running Armbian:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6UD-1FjUTjkeWhpUzY1YlRyTG8

OS Example Video 2 - Virtualette V1 running Android:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6UD-1FjUTjkTWh0QXNDZEFZWE0

Technical

Following are some technical details to help get to know Virtualette V1.

Datasheet

 Pin Out diagrams

V1 CPU Pinout - top
V1 CPU Pinout - top

 

V1 CPU Pinout - bottom
V1 CPU Pinout - bottom

 

V1 PSU Pinout  - top
V1 PSU Pinout - top

 

V1 PSU Pinout - bottom
V1 PSU Pinout - bottom

 Block Diagram

Board Layout

Virtualette Structure Diagram1
Virtualette Structure Diagram1

 

Virtualette Structure Diagram2
Virtualette Structure Diagram2

Documentation

The Virtualette V1 PDF manual and schematics will be available for download from our website http://www.virtualette.com/resources.html on completion of the campaign.

Product Timeline

 

Reward Matrix

About Us

SRKH Designs are a team of technology designers and product developers specializing in electronic engineering and manufacture.

Our design portfolio is here: http://www.srkhdesigns.com/

We’re serious about making quality well-engineered products, but we also enjoy the fun stuff – like the Virtualette V1 immersion 'cool pool' experiment.

Cool pool computing
Cool pool computing

Campaign Objective

1. Raise enough funds to cover the first production run, using the devices as rewards for our backers, and develop a customized Linux OS specifically for Virtualette V1.

2. Establish awareness of Virtualette V1 together with a group of 'Seeder' collaborators (our initial 100 backers) who are supporting us in this first production run - to whom we wish to offer future V1 devices at exclusive prices.

Post Campaign

If this campaign is successful and there is a demand, we will prepare for a second production run.

In addition we will be developing the existing prototypes of the following peripheral boards into production candidates:

a. VDT – Virtualette Desktop Stand

b. VVA - Virtualette video adaptor kit

c. VAIO – Virtualette All in One 21” integrated display computer.

d. VIO – Virtualette installed with VIO carrier peripheral onto CBII Xilinx FPGA board.

e. Carte Blanche II FPGA peripheral board - production run 2

Every penny received from you goes into manufacturing with a minimal buffer. As we’re more about making great hardware and associated software for an out-of-the-box solution, you’ll probably find that our website is more technically-oriented than ‘glossy’. Maybe that will change if we can move forwards to a time when spare funds are used for marketing rather than making.

We hope that everyone who backs us really enjoys using our devices, and that Virtualette V1 can open up new ideas and opportunities for those in hardware and software wanting a platform to design on, and a technology to develop with.

Ways to contact us

1. Back our campaign and leave a comment on our Kickstarter page.

2. Send a direct message to us on Kickstarter.

3. Email us: srkh28@gmail.com.

 

Risks and challenges

MANUFACTURING

We’ve reduced the risk of issues arising with Virtualette V1 by funding its creation, prototyping, characterization and testing stages ourselves, to the point where we are very confident in the robust and powerful nature of the product.

V1 prototypes have performed as expected in their test phases, making this design a potential candidate for mass production.

Our manufacturing process is completely debugged, and we have a long-standing and positive relationship with our contract manufacturer who will make the devices. We have worked with this production team on our designs for over fifteen years.

Virtualette V1 is designed with manufacturing in mind where electrical test, X-Ray and automatic optical inspection techniques are used to confirm correct assembly in controlled batches to mitigate risk. Units have been on test in various conditions to extract any possible areas where problems or errors may exist.

The majority of our components are sourced from US-based companies, which is one of the world's largest and most reliable. We look forward to posting videos and pictures of the manufacturing stages to give backers insight into how their products were made.

CROWD-FUNDING EXPERIENCE

While this is our first KS campaign, we have successfully run two privately funded technology campaigns as part of our hobby interest in vintage computing, thanks to the fantastic support and collaboration of the Apple II community:

2009 Carte Blanche - production run of 50 boards.
2015 Carte Blanche II - production run of 60 boards.

http://www.applelogic.org/CarteBlancheII.html

LOGISTICS

International deliveries: we have engaged a proven courier/freight service provider operating to Quality Management Standard ISO9001:2000, working with companies such as TNT & DHL for tracking and secure consignment delivery. We have worked with Crisis Couriers on past projects with 100% success rate for secure, timely and reliable deliveries.

Please note: Backers will be responsible for any custom fees, duties, VAT, import taxes or any special delivery fees administrated by your government. These are not included in the shipping cost.

Domestic AU deliveries: Australia Post/Express Post with tracking and signature on delivery.

All orders will be shipped with our Commercial Invoice to enable any of your documentation requirements to be met.

Should any unforeseen issues arise, we are committed to timely and open communication with our backers to ensure they have the confidence that their product will arrive safe and sound.

Liability: we are grateful for your contribution and accept this in good faith. We are optimistic and committed to delivering the product as described. However we can accept no liability should the product objectives not be met.

We feel Virtualette V1 is a unique and exciting device, and we would appreciate the input of anyone wanting to back us and support the journey towards its development. Thank you.

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