The last time I posted about anything related to Butterfly Labs appears to have been pretty controversial: for the first time in the short history of this little blog, I actually had to disable comments on a post, which didn’t really do much considering that my comments section was just the spill-over from the fighting happening on Reddit. I’ve been accused of actually being Sonny Vleisides, which makes that 3 hour Skype call I had with him seem like the most awkward descent into madness ever. Primarily, though, the place fingers get pointed most is the fact that almost none of what I was shown during that call to inspire my new-found confidence could be released. Well today I’ve been given the thumbs-up to release at least a bit of what I’ve learned. No doubt releasing product information before the manufacturer will only fan the flames for those convinced I’m a “paid shill” – I’ve never taken a penny from BFL, for any reason (though I’d totally trade ad space for ASICs, BFL or otherwise… Call me?) – but if you want to see preliminary renderings of BFL’s new BitForce Single ‘SC’ I think you’ll set aside the conspiracy theory long enough to scroll down, yes?
These images represent the first glimpse the public gets into the BitForce line. The board measures 92×92 mm and those 8 lovely chips in the center are the ASICs we’ve been talking so much about. As has been mentioned repeatedly in the various fight clubs strewn about the ‘net I am not an engineer, though I do carry at least some formal electronics training and quite a bit of hobby work – to that end, what I see in this board is perhaps more than what the average programmer would see, but I’m interested to see what the better-trained eyes of those more educated than myself make of it. See something interesting? Leave it in the comments – hopefully the bile levels will stay low enough that I can leave them open…
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