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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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  • john.

    Thanks. Enjoyed watching it.

  • john.

    Thanks. Enjoyed watching it.

  • stevevnicks

    grate tear down fella

  • stevevnicks

    grate tear down fella

  • https://www.facebook.com/transisto Mathieu de Kebek

    could not listen sorry,

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

  • https://www.facebook.com/transisto Mathieu de Kebek

    could not listen sorry,

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

  • Zeal0t

    Thoroughly interesting video, and very cool! Thank you.

  • Zeal0t

    Thoroughly interesting video, and very cool! Thank you.

  • Dex

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

    • http://codinginmysleep.com David Perry

      You are the second person to notice this from watching a 4,000% speed time lapse. I commend your attentiveness sir.

      • Zardoz

        Yeah. Good eye! I never would have noticed that!

  • Dex

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

    • http://codinginmysleep.com David Perry

      You are the second person to notice this from watching a 4,000% speed time lapse. I commend your attentiveness sir.

      • Zardoz

        Yeah. Good eye! I never would have noticed that!

  • http://twitter.com/ymeiner @ymeiner

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

  • http://twitter.com/ymeiner @ymeiner

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

  • http://www.coinminingrigs.com Josh@CoinMiningRigs

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

  • http://www.coinminingrigs.com Josh@CoinMiningRigs

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

  • John

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

  • John

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