Frequently Asked Questions

What is timeless computing?

We see timeless computing as the use of computers for applications that remain relevant over long periods of time regardless of technology. For example, writing is an example of a timeless application.

Why should I buy your computers instead of a Raspberry Pi, etc.?

If you don’t have a Raspberry Pi you should definitely consider buying one. We have several and find them useful. Our computers are for people looking for something different.

What makes your computers different?

Our computers are based on FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) instead of ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits). The use of FPGAs allows the entire SOC/CPU to be easily changed by updating the flash memory.

What’s the downside to using FPGAs over ASICs?

While our computers are extremely flexible and reconfigurable, they are slower than modern computers based on ASIC SOCs.

How fast are your computers?

The speed of our computers is comparable to those in the early 1990s. If you were around then you may remember that those computers were still extremely useful for many applications and sometimes felt more responsive than modern computers. Our computers have the advantage of modern ISAs (Instruction Set Architectures) like RISC-V, as well as the ability to be upgraded to future ISAs. Our FPGA computers also use much less power than modern or retro computers.

What can I do with your computers?

You might want to read our article on Practical Timeless Computing that gives some example use cases.

How secure are your computers?

Our computers have the potential to be extremely secure because the CPU itself is open-source and can be audited.

How long does shipping take?

We usually process and ship orders within one week using DHL. Depending on your location shipping usually takes an additional 1-4 weeks, but in some cases it may take up to 60 days or longer.

What if I run into an issue when using one of your products?

You can contact us via email, our contact form, GitHub or X.