After revealing its plan to enter the crypto currency mining space with a dedicated crypto mining chip earlier this year Intel has finally unveiled new details about its new Blockscale ASIC Processor for SHA-256 based crypto mining.
According to a official press release by Intel, it’s new SHA-256 based Blockscale ASIC Processor aims to play a major role in helping crypto mining companies achieve both sustainability and hash rate scaling objectives with a maximum hash rate of 580GH/s (Giga Hashes per Second). Meanwhile, Intel also insists that, given the nature of silicon powering this technology Intel will still be able to supply it in volume without compromising the already weak supply of new CPUs or GPUs.
Besides that, Intel’s new Blockscale ASIC also offer additional features including on-chip temperature and voltage sensors for monitoring system information. This makes it possible to run the accelerator across a range of frequencies, enabling miners to choose between performance and efficiency as per their needs.
That said, you would expect such a chip to have very high power requirements, but delivering on their past promise this chip seem fairly efficient when compared to other mining ASICs, at a power efficiency rating of 26 J/TH.
As for its availability, shipments of Intel Blockscale ASIC to its early customers namely Argo Blockchain, Block Inc., Hive Blockchain Technologies and GRIID Infrastructure are set to begin delivery in the third quarter of 2022.
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