The challenging thing about writing the Bitcoin news is that there are so many things always happening that it’s difficult to decide what’s important and what isn’t. Even more difficult is sourcing your information in a culture built around anonymity and secrecy. Every once in a while, though, something shows up from an already-vetted, trustworthy source that is obviously of major importance. Today is one of those days: BitPay just processed a million-dollar transaction. [Read more...]
Big news from Bitcoin ASIC Builder Butterfly Labs: Their next ASIC will be 28nm and will feature a PCIe form factor that should make former GPU miners pretty happy and other manufacturers at least a little envious.
The card will feature BFL’s second generation of ASIC created with a 28nm process. BFL’s current architecture is built around the 65nm process which refers to the size of a single transistor. Smaller transistors mean higher performance for lower power consumption so it should come as no surprise that a chip with transistors less than half the size packs quite a punch. [Read more...]
Well this took a lot longer than I expected. I’m certainly no stranger to a screwdriver but it’s been about a decade since I’ve wielded a soldering iron. I wanted to take the BFL ASIC apart on camera for you guys but I also wanted the commentary to be meaningful and while I’m not a complete hardware noob, I’m hardly the right guy for this particular job. [Read more...]
Ladies and gentlemen, just a few minutes ago Butterfly Labs revealed what I believe is the first picture of their new ASIC Single Case. I’ve been privy to some renders but much like you this is my first time seeing the actual physical case. [Read more...]
I’ve been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to a certain little black box I recently received. This isn’t my first rodeo and I’m used to getting attention from time to time – what I’m not used to is doing interviews, and there have been quite a few lately. The first one to air is the Plan B podcast. Interview starts around the 33 minute mark and we discuss not just the ASIC but also Bitcoin’s image problem – including my unfortunate contribution to said image problem…