The teardown of Google’s little Chromecast media-streaming HDMI dongle is definitely getting a lot of notice for $35. Just after a few days when Google announced its Chromecast media streaming device, we have already seen what is inside this small dongle. It’s actually a simple device, with a small motherboard assembled inside the plastic case, consisting of four chips on it.
When the Chromecast was open, it was found that it enclosed simple two items: a secured logic board with an HDMI plug attached, and a piece of aluminum that’s the device’s heatsink.
Speaking of its hardware, Chromecast’s logic board is pure simplicity. On the rear side we have, an AzureWave 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FM combo chip (red rectangle) and a Marvell DE3005-A1 SoC (orange). If we turn over to the other side, we see 16Gb Micron NAND flash chip (yellow) and a low-power 512MB DDR3L SDRAM chip, also from Micron (green).
Here is the breakdown of internal components:
• AzureWave AW-NH387 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth and FM Combo Module
• Marvell DE3005-A1 System on Chip
• Micron MT29F16G08MAA 16 Gb (4 GB) NAND Flash Memory
• Micron D9PXV 512 MB DDR3L SDRAM
• DDR3L SDRAM (1.35 V) is a low voltage version of the DDR3 SDRAM (1.5 V)
Source: iFixIt | News Archive