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Author Topic: iFixit Strips Down The Chromecast: Shows The Magic Behind Google's Streamer  (Read 1501 times)


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One of the traditions whenever a new mobile or tech device comes out is for iFixit to do a teardown of the hardware to let us see what's inside, how it's put together and just how repairable the device is by the common hobbyist as well as professional.  As a side benefit we also get to see a lot of the technical details...such as what chips and memory are used and how it's all put together.   Well, the Chromecast has just been stripped bare and this magical streaming device which has taken the tech world by storm is remarkedly straightforward, consisting of a single circuit board with chips on both sides and held together by a dab of glue around the edges. 

Now the heart of the Chromecast is a system on a chip (SOC) made by Marvell and using 16GB of NAND flash memory by Micron.  Wireless connectivity is handled by an Azurewave b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth and FM combo module.  Finally, we have 512MB of DDR3 SDRAM by Micron.  Of course these are all attached to the HDMI and MiniUSB ports.  Here's the details:

* AzureWave AW-NH387 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth and FM Combo Module
* Marvell DE3005-A1 System on Chip
* Micron MT29F16G08MAA 16 Gb (2 GB) NAND Flash Memory
* Micron D9PXV 512 MB DDR3L SDRAM

You can read more about how it's all put together at the iFixit site.

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