Today, I’m excited to introduce the prototypes for our latest product, the Librem 16:

Photo of Librem 16

We’re polishing the details on the Librem 16 design, which carries signature features from Purism as well as many new improvements.

The Librem 16 features a backlit keyboard, RGB notification LED, and killswitches for the camera/microphone and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, just like the Librem 14.

Librem 16 killswitches and indicators

USB-C is central in the Librem 16.  Both USB-C ports support USB-PD for charging, DisplayPort alternate mode for video output, and USB4 PCIe tunneling.

USB-PD charging can use an adapter as small as 30 W or as large as 100 W.  Librem-EC adapts the system to the available input power.  Compact 30 W adapters are ideal for travel, while a powerful 100 W adapter can run the CPU at maximum power and charge the battery at full speed simultaneously.

Librem 16 can drive up to four displays at once.  With a dock supporting DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport, there’s still a free USB-C port in this setup.

Librem 16 with its own display and three external displays active

You could use the free port for a USB4 NVMe enclosure:

USB4 40Gbps NVMe enclosure attached to Librem 16

Under the hood, two sockets each for RAM and SSDs are available.  The right-side SSD socket uses the CPU’s PCIe lanes for maximum throughput.

Photo of Librem 16 with bottom shell removed, showing SSD and RAM sockets

For firmware developers, the Librem 16 exposes a UART (serial port) as well as the EC I2C bus for debugging.  The BIOS flash has been increased to 32 MB, and we’ve added a connector so you don’t have to fiddle with a WSON-8 probe.  This is the development board, ready for flashing.

Photo of Librem 16 development board, with EC I2C and UART debugging connectors, and flash cable connected to BIOS flash

Librem-EC received a lot of work for the Librem 16.  Much of this also benefits the Librem 14, such as improvements to the battery charger management, which are merged for the next EC release for Librem 14.

The EC itself is now an IT5570E.  With both the EC’s built-in flash and a discrete flash chip, updating the EC cannot brick the system even if the flash is interrupted.

Photo of Librem 16 development board, with flashing clip attached to EC flash

Librem 16 development is well underway; watch out for more announcements and adventures in our developmental journey.  Availability of the Librem 16 is planned for Q4 2024, so stay tuned!

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Purism Products and Availability Chart

 ModelStatusLead Time 
USB Security Token Purism Librem KeyLibrem Key

(Made in USA)
In Stock
($59+)
20 business days
Librem 5In Stock
($699+)
3GB/32GB
10 business days
Librem 5 COMSEC BundleIn Stock
($1299+)
Qty 2; 3GB/32GB
10 business days
Librem 5 + SIMple
(3 GB Data)
In Stock
($99/mo)
10 business days
Librem 5 + SIMple Plus
(5 GB Data)
In Stock
($129/mo)
10 business days
Librem 5 + AweSIM
(Unlimited Data)
In Stock
($169/mo)
10 business days
Librem 11In Stock
($999+)
8GB/1TB
45 business days
Most Secure Laptop Purism Librem 14Librem 14In Stock
($1,370+)
20 business days
Most Secure PC Purism Librem Mini
Librem MiniJune 2024
($799+)
45 business days
Purism Liberty Phone with Made in USA ElectronicsLiberty Phone
(Made in USA Electronics)
June 2024
($1,999+)
4GB/128GB
20 business days
Most Secure Server Purism Librem ServersLibrem ServerJune 2024
($2,999+)
60 business days
The current product and shipping chart of Purism Librem products, updated on April 30th, 2024

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