$35 Google Chromecast Gets The iFixit Treatment


iFixit couldn't keep their geeky hands off of the new Nexus 7, which resulted in a full teardown treatment that we posted about earlier today. Well, looks like the new $35 Google Chromecast stick didn't get spared either. iFixit did not award a repairability score.

The Chromecast stick is a bare minimalist stick, just like your average pen drive. The dongle attaches to your TV's HDMI port and is essentially made up of a motherboard with a heatsink, all enclosed within the plastic shell. There wasn't really much of a teardown to do, just pop open the top shell and you're in. As a result, no repairability score has been posted at the end of iFixit's teardown. Here are the components that they found inside, in case you were interested in knowing (credit: PCMag)

  • An AzureWave AW-NH387 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth, and FM combo module (outlined in red in the picture below)
  • A Marvell DE3005-A1 System-on-a-Chip (outlined in orange)
  • 4GB of Micron MT29F16G08MAA 16 GB NAND Flash memory (outlined in yellow)
  • 512MB of low-voltage Micron D9PXV DDR3L SDRAM (outlined in green)

iFixit also mentioned that trying to repair such a device is futile, there's simply nothing to repair. And thanks to the throwaway price of just $35, you're better off simply buying a new one and using the old one as a key chain or something.