It started earlier this week when one hacker managed to get root access and run a shell on the device, but it’s continued further with another adventurous developer getting a Gameboy emulator running on the dongle, controlled by a PC keyboard remotely. According to the developer, he was surprised at how well it performed, despite the fact that the emulator was being controlled via Wi-Fi from another computer with delay thought to be less than half-a-second.
Google’s Chromecast runs Marvell’s 88DE3005-A1 SoC CPU and despite little information on the web about the chip, it’s thought to be a single-core unit. Throw in 512MB of LPDDR3 RAM and 2GB of flash plus what is believed to be a custom Chrome OS and that’s the computing side of Chromecast. It also includes an Azurewave AW-NH387 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM chip to provide cloud access through your local Wi-Fi network.
Google originally sold Chromecast with a three-month Netflix account however, demand was so great that the deal ended in 24 hours. The Chromecast is available for $35 but only in the US.
Check out the Chromecast Gameboy emulation at the jump.
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