As many in the Bitcoin community are well aware, Butterfly Labs is on the verge of releasing a new line of ASIC-based Bitcoin mining devices. For a long time we’ve been seeing mockups and renders of PCBs and cases (like the one to the left). Recently Bitcoin Magazine published the first pictures of populated circuit boards and today on their own forums Josh has released actual pictures of the Butterfly Labs Jalapeno prototype in a prototype case. He warns that the design has changed slightly from what is shown, but most of the significant details remain the same.
Unfortunately it seems the pictures are a sort of apology for an unfortunate shipping delay. Right now, the first units are expected to ship in the 4th or 5th week of November, possibly even going into December. Anyone who had a pre-order in for their FPGA lineup is probably unsurprised by shipping delays, but assuming they make their current targets it’s at least not as bad as last time around.
And now, the pictures:
I don’t know about you, but I for one am quite excited to hold one of these in my hands, plug it in and watch the hashes flow – and you can be assured that when I do, you’ll read about it here.