Video Teardown of BFL ASIC

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.

Thankfully, Las Vegas has a local hackerspace called Syn Shop and they were kind enough to lend me some space, tools and a guy named Nathan who knew a lot more at a glance than I would have found after an hour of googling part numbers. The only downside is that an active hackerspace might not be the best environment for filming, they tend to be a bit noisy… But now I’m rambling, and you want to see the teardown, video and the best pictures my cheap cellphone camera could take, so without further ado…

Note: The above images were resized for web use, aligned and color-corrected in post-production because my phone camera is mediocre at best and the lighting at Syn Shop is pretty harsh. A zip file of the unaltered image files is available here.

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  1. Thanks. Enjoyed watching it.

  2. stevevnicks says:

    grate tear down fella

  3. could not listen sorry,

    You could have made this 5min without the ladies in the background echoing so annoyingly.

  4. Thoroughly interesting video, and very cool! Thank you.

  5. When he put it together he installed the fan in oppiste direction :-)

  6. Nice! Lets hope that they start shipping in bigger masses soon… or not…

  7. Nice tear-down. I especially like the detail shots of the specific chips used on the main board.

  8. what fraction of a bitcoin is the jalapeno able to mine on a daily basis

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