[Cryptech Tech] New Avalanche board for Novena?

Fredrik Thulin fredrik at thulin.net
Fri Oct 3 13:56:26 UTC 2014

On Friday, October 03, 2014 10:05:05 PM Randy Bush wrote:
> >> why are we going down this path on the novena board?  this seems like
> >> it's a real board design, and belongs on the tamper wrapped carrier
> >> with the fpga and arm.
> > 
> > Why not?
> did you see joachim's high priority task list?
> it is bad enough that he likes blinkenlights :)  let's not dos him
> with unnecessary complexity.

I see you point regarding Joachims unavailable time at the moment.

It's just that making new hardware revisions is so slow, and getting new 
hardware revisions out to all you guys is even slower, so having the hardware 
out earlier might be a bonus later.

> or do we think we are gonna learn something useful by putting a flash on
> a noise board and make js have to drive it over that set of pins, which
> i presume will be throw-away code?

I don't expect it to be throw away code - rather the opposite. Using the 
Novena micro-pcie slot might very well be code we won't be able to re-use 
later on, but accessing external flash directly from the FPGA will likely 
remain - as far as I've understood the FPGA-and-it's-keystore design.


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