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Parts used in Chromecast 2015 ( or Chromecast 2) - with prices

October 9th, 2015

Google recently upgraded its Chromecast and we now have faster dual core Marvell 88DE3006   Cortext A7 processor in the Chromecast 2 also being called Chromecast 2015. The wifi and bluetooth is now provided by Marvell's 88W8887, which also encompasses, NFC and FM receiver.  Google has been able to put together everything in a price of $35. Let us take a look at the price break up of the different components used .

S No Description Manufacturer Part No Cost
1 Wifi, Bluetooth, NFC and FM receiver Marvell 88W8887 $5.00
2 1500 Mini Plus dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 media processor Marvell 88DE3006 $14.00
3 2 GByte NAND Flash Memory Toshiba TC58NVG1S3HBAI6 $4.00
4 2 Gb ( 512 MBytes) DDR3L SDRAM Samsung K4B4G1646D-BY $5.00
5 Semiconductor DC-DC regulator Marvell MRVL 21AA3 521GDT $3.00
6 Other components / Connectors / Shield Heatsink Misc MISC $1.00
7 PCB Misc MISC $1.00
8 Manufacturing and Testing Misc MISC $1.00
9 Package, Cable, Power Supply Misc MISC $1.00
Total $35.00

We are, of course, assuming that google is not making any profit out of Chromecast. we do not expect the numbers to vary much from what we have discovered ( assuming the high volume). If you decrease the price of one you will have to increase it somewhere else.

Changes from Chromecast 1

The first major change is the upgrade in from the Azurewave AW-NH387 that used the Marvell 88W8787 chip to newer Marvell 88W8887 chip. The 88W8887 provides support for 802.11ac ( for 5 MHz band for faster data rate) absent from Chromecast 1. Th Marvell chip also has support for NFC and upgrades bluetooth to 4.0 from 3.0.

Second major change is the SoC itself upgraded from Marvell DE3005-A1. This should make navgation a bit smoother, but frankly, for the kind of the application this product has been designed, you do not need much of a processing power.

The RAM and the Flash chips have been changed but the densities are same ( 512 MB RAM and 2 Giga Byte Flash).

By Vikas Shukla

- I started working on a new site CPU Compare . I will be focusing less on this site for a while.

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