Look inside Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle, teardown by iFixit

Inside of Google's Chromecast HDMI dongle

Google recently unveiled Chromecast, a super-affordable ($35) HDMI dongle that connects to your TV, enabling video and music streaming from the internet. The device is pretty much the same concept as the Apple TV and Roku box, but you get to control it using a PC, Mac or smartphone — Also akin to Microsoft’s SmartGlass to control Xbox –. But if you were wondering what electronics Google packed in this device, today is your day to find out. The guys from iFixit already got their hands on one of the dongles and teared it down.

The device is straightforward, peeking inside you’ll find a tiny board, that uses a Marvell DE3005-A1 processor and an AzureWave combo Wi-Fi chip, 512MB of RAM (low power), 4GB of internal storage, and it also features an aluminum heatsink that covers the components to avoid overheating .

Google chromecast components

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