Ethereum’s mining competitors simply acquired a bit hotter, even because the second-largest blockchain by market cap has begun the formal means of eliminating its dependency on the trade all collectively.
Shenzhen, China-based mining agency Linzhi Inc. has begun rolling out a brand new Ethereum ASIC miner dubbed the Phoenix, reportedly 3 times extra highly effective than prime choices obtainable in the present day. As reported by CoinDesk, the journey to supply a extra highly effective and environment friendly Ethash ASIC miner was begun some two years in the past by Chen Min, former CTO of mining big Canaan.
Mining pool F2 Pool launched a demo of the brand new machine on YouTube Saturday. The Phoenix outpaces the following greatest A10+ Pro at 2,600 megahashes per second MH/s to round 500 MH/s. Linzhi’s new machine can be extra vitality environment friendly clocking in at 3,000 watts per hour to the A10+ Professional’s 1,300 W, F2 Pool says.
“Should you look again on CoinDesk reporting about Linzhi relationship again to the primary article in September, 2018, it’s clear we had delays,” Linzhi Director of Operations Wolfgang Spraul instructed CoinDesk in an e mail. “Some as a result of underestimating the know-how, then some due” to the coronavirus pandemic.
Spraul stated the agency is rolling out pre-orders and restricted portions to “builders, group, pool operators, and so forth.” Innosilicon carries the A10+ Professional for about $4,440 per unit whereas Linzhi has but to launch a public value determine.
The brand new product comes because the Ethereum community has begun a technical transition from a proof-of-work (PoW) consensus mechanism to proof-of-stake (PoS). That course of started Dec. 1 with the launch of the Beacon Chain. That chain acts as a central conductor for the brand new blockchain community which makes use of coin deposits as a method of securing the community, known as “staking,” over mining.
Nonetheless, miners have no less than a two-year runway with PoW on Ethereum. The present community, Eth 1.x, gained’t be moved over to the brand new PoS blockchain till section 1.5 of Eth 2.0.
The present Linzhi Phoenix demoed by F2 Pool will want no less than one improve to remain helpful earlier than that transition, nonetheless.
The Ethereum community’s directed acyclic graph (DAG) – a part of Ethereum’s PoW algorithm known as Ethash – stands at just under 4 gb, whereas every Linzhi Phoenix solely has a 4.4 GB reminiscence. The incumbent A10, however, can home between 6 and eight gigabytes, F2 Pool says.
The Phoenix will want a bump in reminiscence dimension or aftermarket parts if it’s not to develop into out of date earlier than section 1.5. Spraul instructed CoinDesk in an e mail that the Phoenix miners at the moment rolling out are restricted to portions of pre-orders. The agency is “engaged on a successor with a rise in DAG reminiscence – no specs but,” he stated.
After all, different Ethash-based cryptocurrencies similar to Ethereum Traditional will nonetheless be utilizing proof-of-work, which means a market will nonetheless exist for the Phoenix even after Eth 2.0 section 1.5.