January 3, 2019
So we are finally here and ready to bring this hardware platform in the hands of developers and early adopters. We are proud to have made this extremely secure and open hardware and we are hopeful that this will help to change the overall mobile landscape in to more open direction.
The community edition of the device, Necunos NC_1, will be provided as an engineering unit and is on sale right now in the Necunos Shop! It will have 5 operating system options to choose from, all are created and maintained by the open source communities behind them. Small part of every device sold will go to the operating system communities or to organizations of their choosing. We also provide option to choose the screen to be detached for serial access to developers. The detached screen can be attached later on.
The enterprise version, Necunos NE_1 with the hardened operating system and secure communications platform will be sold separately. For the inquiries about the NE_1 contact our sales team through firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also go read our press release for more information.
We will provide some commonly asked questions and our answers here. They can also be found in our separate Q&A section that can be found from the sidebar on the left.
Our development started over 2 years ago and we are on schedule. The Hardware is mostly ready, some small changes might still apply. On software side, reference OS is running on the device and this is always on going process.
When evaluating hardware components over 2 years ago ARM® Cortex®-A9 NXP i.MX6 was and still is the most viable option to use on opensource smartmobile. Requirements were being able to run free software, ability to isolate WiFi from main CPU and longevity support. i.MX6 was chosen because it has opensource GPU driver called Etnaviv, opensource and changeable bootloader.
Necunos Device for the community the NC_1 has multiple operating systems to choose from when ordering the device. Or you have option even to order without any operating system. The operating systems are community driven and under development, they are not yet ready to replace your regular everyday phone.
Our first model is designed to be used as a mobile device for high security needs, not as a regular smartphone.
The first model does not have sensors for security reasons.
For security reasons, we decided not to include modem in Necunos Device. SIM-card and the cellular modem are probably the most vulnerable parts of a mobile device and Necunos Device is designed to be for extreme security usecases.
Making a fully open source hardware in the mobile phone formfactor is extremely difficult. We also use high quality components in a way where we can make sure of their security. Manufacturing in Finland also drives the price up. Security is what you are paying for in Necunos Hardware.