Intel introduces Blockscale ASIC a small but powerful bitcoin mining
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Intel introduces Blockscale ASIC, a small but powerful bitcoin mining chip

Intel today officially unveiled the Blockscale ASIC, a specialized chip for mining Bitcoin and other similar cryptocurrencies based on the SHA-256 cryptographic algorithm. The novelty offers high energy efficiency with very high performance.

The Intel Blockscale ASIC chip delivers performance of up to 580 Ghash/s. The power consumption is between 4.8 and 22.8 watts. Energy efficiency is estimated at just 26 joules per terahesh. The novelty turned out to be very compact – only 7 × 7.5 mm in the package.

Up to 256 Blockscale chips can be combined in one miner, which will ensure the performance of the whole system at the level of 148 Thesh / s with a power consumption of 3860 watts. For comparison: the flagship mining system of the market leader Bitmain produces 140 Thesh / s with a consumption of 3010 watts. That means the Intel solution loses out in terms of energy efficiency.

To support the new era of computing, Intel offers solutions that can provide an optimal balance between hash throughput and power efficiency, regardless of the customer’s operating environment. Decades of research and development by Intel in cryptography, hashing techniques, and ultra-low-voltage chips enable blockchain applications to scale their computing power without impacting the environment.‘ commented Balaji Kanigicherla, General Manager of Intel Custom Computing Solutions.

Intel Blockscale ASICs will begin shipping to customers in Q3 2022. In addition, Intel will ship chips and systems based on them will be manufactured by other companies. Argo Blockchain, Block, Hive Blockchain Technologies and GRIID Infrastructure will be among the first companies to receive systems based on Intel ASICs. In 2023 and beyond, Intel will offer its ASICs to other customers.

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