The compute board is getting sent out for initial fabrication. This component is the heart of Lantern and includes the power system, SoC, wifi, and DVB-S2 tuner. It interfaces directly with the solar cells and 4000 mah battery.
The compute board will be driven by the TI AM335x, which is found in the wildly popular Beagle Bone Black single board computer. In fact, they wrote a short piece last week about our innovative use of their chip.
The RF module is currently being laid out and will be sent for initial fabrication at the end of this month. This is a smaller component which connects to the compute board. This particular module does one specific thing: listen to the mobile signal, which ranges from 1525 MHz to 1559 Mhz. The RF module connects to the antenna, which is still being reviewed. We need 10 dBi of gain and two options are under consideration, helical and planar. We are on track for a Q3 2015 shipment.
Much of the software from Pillar will be used in Lantern. The experience will be virtually identical. Pillar will be released very soon.