The Devterm hardware is highly configurable, offering swappable CPU cores and an extension module through which any kind of custom device can be connected.


Tech Specs

The schematics and related design materials are released under the GPL v3 license, and you can find them on our Github.


Ultrawide 6.8-inch IPS screen

This ultrawide 6.8-inch IPS screen with a full viewing angle has been carefully selected for you. Its aspect ratio has reached an astonishing 16:6 (a typical retro-style proportion). The resolution is 1280x480, which is precisely equal to dual VGA. We hope this screen can bring you a vintage-feeling, focused, and immersive experience.

Adjusting Brightness

from DrRacoon on the clockwork forums

You can change the brightness of your DevTerm in the terminal. To do so, just echo a new value into the brightness file which lives @ /sys/class/backlight/backlight@0. In this folder, you’ll find some useful files, such as: actual_brightness, brightness & max_brightness.

This was tested and accomplished on the DevTerm running raspbian.


To change brightness, you can change brightness to anything between 0 and 9. 0 being backlight off, and 9 being brightest. The device defaults to 5.

To change brightness, type in (changing N for brightness 0 thru 9):

   echo N > /sys/class/backlight/backlight@0/brightness

Take Note

For quicker access to changing brightness, see @guu’s solution for adjustment via FN keys. Setting brightness to 0 turns off the backlight and makes the display near impossible to view. This command may require you to elevate your terminal session to root using su, or

   sudo bash -c "echo 5 > /sys/class/backlight/backlight@0/brightness"

guu’s solution for adjusting brightness

This was made after the CM3 shipped so is not installed by default

   sudo apt update && sudo apt install devterm-backlight-rpi     sudo reboot

then we can use FN+< > to adjust the backlight

Source code


We carefully designed the battery holder to make it more compatible with various 18650 battery sizes: Φ18±0.5mm diameter, 65-69mm length. The battery module has “Short Circuit and Reverse Polarity Protection” features, but you are still advised to purchase* the batteries from a reliable distributor and install them correctly.

Theoretically, you could use a single 18650 battery to power the system or replace the batteries one by one even when the system is in use. These actions can still cause system instability, and we strongly recommend replacing the batteries after the system is powered down. Please remove the battery if you do not use the device for a long time. Please consult the battery supplier for detailed 18650 safe usage rules, and please strictly follow them.

Battery Schematic


We are very excited to bring you a classical layout keyboard with 67 keys. A physical mini trackball with OK function and three mouse buttons, the trackball uses four high-sensitivity and high-reliability designs based on Hall-effect sensors. A set of retro-style gamepad arrow keys and four buttons included; these eight keys all use independent IO design to ensure minimal delay in response.

The keyboard central control unit adopts the Arm® Cortex-M3 architecture, which is fully compatible with the Arduino STM32 development environment. A Micro USB-UART programming port allows you to reprogram and customize the keyboard firmware easily.

The USB POGO Pin on the back of the keyboard is naturally connected to the mainboard, saving you the tedious operation of cable connection.

The firmware source code, schematic, and related design materials are released under the GPL v3 license, and you can find them on our GitHub.

Speaker modules