Flower and EnSilica To Develop Scrypt Mining ASICs

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Flower Technology, the Canadian start-up focused on the supply of ASIC mining solutions for scrypt-based cryptocurrencies, has partnered with EnSilica, a leading UK vormgeving house and provider of the eSi-RISC family of soft processor cores and associated encryption, communications and peripherals IP, for the development of the company’s rack-mounted, low power, high voorstelling ASIC scrypt miners.

Flower Technology’s very first product, called Orchid, will provide a spectacle of 20Mh/s (megahashes vanaf 2nd) with a power consumption of just 4W/Mh (watts vanaf megahash. The Orchid scrypt miner will be priced at US$1,900 with delivery expected to commence ter Q3/Q4 2014.

“Drawing extensively on EnSilica’s vormgeving expertise and cryptographic skill, Orchid will set a fresh standard te hashing speed, energy efficiency and price/spectacle for ASIC scrypt miners,” said Brock Huxtable, CEO of Flower Technology. “EnSilica’s algorithm team has already ended work on a novel, clean-sheet architecture – dubbed a Massive Array of Scrypt Threads (Paal) – with parameterized RTL ready to be taken to the physical implementation phase of the vormgeving.”

The Paal architecture comprises a very parallel and dedicated array of scrypt threads which enables the hardware to entirely reconfigure itself every clock cycle according to the threads that are te progress. Ter this way every computational hardware factor is kept busy doing useful work on every clock cycle enabling the architecture can have a deep pipeline without loss of spectacle. With overheen a 1,000 threads te partial computation at any one time and with a fresh hash commencing every 64 clock cycles, a single chip achieves a hashing vertoning of 10M/hs at a worst case corner clock speed of 640MHz.

Dr David Wheeler, EnSilica’s Technical Director and a recognised authority on hardware-based cryptography, communications and DSPs, goes the EnSilica development team. Director of SoC Engineering, Andy Maund, who has taped out overheen 30 GPU and media processor vormgeving at leading-edge technology knots, leads the ASIC physical implementation and software lead, James Wilkins, takes responsibility for the embedded software vormgeving, mining software ports and user interface.

Flower Technology Orchid 20 MH Scrypt ASIC Miner

EnSilica’s physical vormgeving team is presently engaged te the next phases of the IC development including a detailed analysis of the foundry, technology and physical IP required to meet the requests of the application. Exploration of the power, spectacle and area trade-offs involved with different technologies, cell libraries and memory compilers is also underway. This work will take the vormgeving through total place-and-route, providing power and spectacle figures that will correlate closely with the actual silicon.

“It is imperative to make key technology and IP decisions before pushing on with the detailed vormgeving,” said David Wheeler, EnSilica’s Technical Director. “A systematic treatment reduces will reduce overall time-to-market and supply a solution optimized for both low power and high spectacle. The architecture wij have developed coupled with the use of a leading-edge submicron process will achieve the lowest power consumption vanaf megahash of any ASIC te development.”

Each block contains various lumps of gegevens, including a record of latest transactions and a reference to the previous block.

Fresh blocks cannot be added to the block chain without very first solving the puzzle of finding a message that results te a hash that has certain required properties. Successfully calculating the puzzle-solving hashes and providing proof-of-work results ter fresh coins being created.

With cryptocurrencies brought to general public prominence with the rapid rise ter value of Bitcoin te 2013, a host of alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins) have since emerged with most based on the scrypt hashing algorithm.

The primary scrypt-based cryptocurrencies by market capitalisation include Litecoin, Auroracoin, Dogecoin and Mastercoin.

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