Hardly anyone would have expected it. During the ISSCC, the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, which will be held from February 20 to 24, 2022 in San Francisco, Intel will present its first mining hardware dedicated to cryptocurrencies, in particular Bitcoin. This is evident from the “International Conference on Semiconductor Circuits” calendar of events, as seen in the screenshot below.
Technical data on the ASIC (Application-Specific-Integrated-Circuit) apparently named “Bonanza Mine” is not yet available, but it is apparently intended to be an ultra-low voltage miner that can mine Bitcoin in a particularly energy efficient. This makes Intel the second manufacturer to hint at innovations in bitcoin mining. More recently, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also announced a more efficient and widely accessible open bitcoin mining system, which should also be open source and avoid the weaknesses of the previous ASIC target.
Intel confirmed the plans to Tom’s Hardware, and Raja Koduri, who is head of GPUs at Intel, had already indicated in December that Intel was working on specialized hardware for blockchain/crypto currencies. Intel is thus in competition with the currently most powerful manufacturer in this field, Bitmain, which recommends the Antminer SX 19P model for Bitcoin mining. The technical data of the Bonanza mine are not yet known, we should probably discover them within the framework of the ISSCC.
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