Ethereum mining may be reaching the end of its life
The Ethereum network has been growing steadily and hashrate and difficulty on the network have blossomed over the last few months as mining has expanded and more entrepreneurs get in on the action. Both metrics have just about doubled since the beginning of 2018 (which makes sense, as they are designed to closely track each other) though some attribute the speedy increase to the secret introduction of ASIC miners by Bitmain before officially releasing the technology for sale. Continue reading Ethereum Mining in the Era of ASICs
On March 24 the creators of Monero made an unprecedented statement – the project devlead, Riccardo Spagni, warned that the coin’s protocol would be changed every six months to make the cryptocurrency less appealing to application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) miners. Continue reading Monero and SiaCoin Reject Bitmain’s ASIC Miners
March 18 update: In a confusing decision, Bitmain has updated their sales page again for the batches 3 and 4 of the Antminer X3 to read “No shipping to Hong Kong,” while only yesterday the description for these batches denoted that they would “only” be shipped to Hong Kong.
Bitmain’s just-released ASIC-powered Antminer X3, designed to mine the CryptoNight hashing algorithm used by Monero (XMR), may not be effective by its first release in May 2018, according to an article by The Next Web published yesterday, March 16.
The new Antminer, announced on Bitmain’s Twitter on March 15, comes at two price points: $11,999 for the first round in delivered May, and $7,599 for the second batch, delivered in June.
Major China-based cryptocurrency miner Bitmain is looking to carve an entry into the United States. The company is looking to expand in the port of Walla Walla, a city in Washington. The news was first published in a local publication, Union-Bulletin. Though Bitmain has not made any announcement of the expansion, the article mentions a company called Ant Creek to be the one setting shop. According to the online registration data, Ant Creek was registered in the state of Washington last year for which Bitmain co-founder Jihan Wu is the sole governing person. Continue reading Bitmain is Expanding to the United States
Canada’s Hydro Quebec will have to turn away cryptocurrency miners looking to setup operations in the province. The electricity supplier has been inundated with requests from cryptocurrency miners looking to setup operations in energy-rich province Quebec, according to Reuters.
Many miners, including giants like China-based Bitmain, have made it clear that they are looking to setup new mining operations overseas in countries with low power costs and surplus of energy. The crack down on cryptocurrency exchanges in China, as well as talks of power regulations applying to miners, has prompted miners to consider new sites to operate from.