PASSED! UDOO BOLT IS READY TO BE SHIPPED!
We have been green lighted! No, the Hulk hasn’t joined our team (but we’re working on it).
We’ve got news from the lab! The UDOO BOLT has passed all the EMS, the FCC and CE certification tests: we’re finally READY to ship the first batch!
Are YOU ready?
Check your backer number: if it’s below 300 AND you pledged for the EARLY BIRD UDOO BOLT V8(279$) tier, we will ship your reward within 10 days! This time span will give us the chance to complete the testing and get the board ready to be shipped!
For all the other backers, we’ll ship all the remaining batches by the end of April/May.
But wait, there’s more. That’s right, we have MORE good news:
We’ve also got our hands on the badass METAL CASES...
And here's how it arrives, with all the necessary fittings including a power button...
For the audio enthusiasts, here are the details of the audio functionalities of the UDOO BOLT. Provided by a Realtek ALC888SHigh Definition Audio Codec, and because of the fantastic support from backers in helping us reach the crowdfunding stretch goal, we have incorporated an S/PDIF optical connection!
So there are two 3.5mm audio jack connectors:
- A TRRS Combo Audio socket that can be used with any 4-pole 3.5mm diameter audio jack. It has both stereo Line Out and Mic In functionality, with a pinout compatible with the most recent headsets.
- A combo analogic/digital connector, a TRS 3.5mm audio socket that integrates a LED Transmitter for S/PDIF optical connections (Optical 3.5mm jack).
With this optical connector feature, you can connect to digital audio devices and DACs. Awesome!
There are also external stereo speaker connectors. The speaker output available is Class-D amplified, 3W global power on 4Ohm Load/ 1.7W global power on 8Ohm load (recommended). The speaker connector on the board is HR p/n A2001WV-S-02PD01, and the required mating connector is HR p/nA2001H-02P with A2001 series female crimp terminals (or equivalent).
In the previous update, we described the methods of powering the UDOO BOLT. There has been subsequent comments from backers regarding the DC power jack connector, so we will clarify this part further. The DC connector on the board is by Singatron, part number 2DC3122-007111F. Internal pin is VIN power line. The necessary mating DC plug is a Singatron with part number 45P06CV230-1A00-01 or equivalent.
PROJECTS WE LOVE
Here's a little pearl we'd like to share with you: Cubbit.
Cubbit is an Italian startup we've met at the latest Maker Faire Rome.
They're kickstarting a distributed, cloud that runs on top of a peer-to-peer network of dedicated devices (i.e. the Cubbit Cell). The system is zero-knowledge (no one can access your data, not even Cubbit) and makes use of strong encryption to protect your data.
Like Dropbox, iCloud and other conventional cloud storage services, Cubbit lets you access and share your data from anywhere in the world, with a finely-crafted user experience and the features you’re familiar with.
But unlike “the cloud”, Cubbit is not based on any centralized data center. This allows for an unprecedented set of advantages for the user, such as:
- no monthly fee: it’s free for a lifetime
- it is expandable up to 4TB per Cubbit Cell just by plugging in any USB hard drive for free
- it is zero-knowledge and end-to-end encrypted so that no one can access your data
- it is 10x greener than conventional clouds based on data centers
When you upload a file to your Cubbit Cell, it gets encrypted with AES-256, split into dozens of chunks, each one distributed in multiple copies across the network of Cubbit Cells via end-to-end encrypted channels. When you remote-access your file on Cubbit, what you are actually doing is asking the AI coordinator server where your chunks are. As soon as you receive this information, you connect to the corresponding Cells through peer-to-peer end-to-end encrypted channels. Then you download the chunks, reassemble the file and decrypt it with the key that is retrievable to you and you alone.
The beauty is that the AI coordinator is cryptographically blind: during the whole process, the coordinator never gets to know neither the content of the file nor the encryption key.
The project is 2 years old but already up and running in beta test. Also, they already 400% funded.
Give it a look!