Low cost Miracast dongles are finally coming to market. Rockchip demonstrated a $10 (BoM price?) Miracast dongle running Linux at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair earlier this month, and it seems CloudnetGo will bring a device, possibly based on this RK2928 design, with its “CR-M200 WiFi Display Dongle”. Connect this device to the HDMI port of your TV, and you’ll be able to mirror your Miracast-enabled Android smartphone or tablet display on the big screen, as well as use it as a smart video controller.
CloudnetGo Miracast Adapter Specifications:
- SoC – ARM Cortex A9 @ 1GHz with Mali 400 GPU.
- Flash – 16 MB Nor Flash
- System Memory – 256MB DDR3
- WiFi – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Miracast and DLNA support
- HDMI port and micro USB for power
- Dimensions – 61mm x 31mm x 8mm
This adapter will come with a USB cable, and an optional 5V/500mA power adapter, which may not be needed if you TV comes with a USB port. This device can be used with Android 4.2, Windows8, and Linux computers and devices. Bear in mind I’ve been told it’s not enough to have a device running Android 4.2.2 to be able to use it as a Miracast source, and you have to make sure your device is Miracast Certified. The compatible models listed on CloudnetGo’s Alibaba page are LG Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S3, XiaoMi 2/2s and Sony Xperia.
The SoC specifications makes me believe it could be based on Rockchip RK2928, but a Rockchip representative said the prototype we saw at the HK fair just features 16 MB RAM and a small NOR flash, so it could be another platform, or he just mixed up flash and RAM in the interview…
So if it’s indeed based on RK2928, I suspect the retail price to be $25 to $30, but there’s currently no official pricing or availability information, except it’s listed on CloudnetGo’s Alibaba page, so the wait should not be too long.