A: Actually, not that much. With iFixit‘s Chromecast teardown documenting the device as featuring Marvell’s new Armada 1500-mini (88DE3005-A1) SoC CPU, 512MB of DDR RAM, 2GB of flash plus an Azurewave Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip, it’s even less hardware than what you’d find from most mini PCs today.
But Chinese ARM chip maker Rockchip recently showed off a prototype Miracast dongle it believes could be made for $10, featuring a single-core Rockchip RK2928 SoC CPU and most likely similar levels of RAM and flash plus a Wi-Fi chip.
And just yesterday, we reported on the new OVO, what you could say is a Chromecast/Miracast combo that does a bit of both – it’s hardware looks again to be of a similar level with a ‘Full HD media processor’, 2GB each of RAM and flash, plus a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip.
They all plug into your TV via an HDMI plug, take power through a MicroUSB port and tap into your either your home network or directly to your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi.
Single-function devices like these – which is essentially what they are – are typically run with an embedded Linux operating system, although Chromecast is appear to be closer to Android than Google’s more Linux-based Chrome OS. They need less flash storage and it’s generally only half that of the original mini PCs from 2012 like the MK802.
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