Intel has launched its Blockscale Blockchain Hashing ASIC - Promises 580 GH/s hash rate

Intel's latest ASICs will be efficient, but not the most efficient

Intel has launched its Blockscale Blockchain Hashing ASIC - Promises 580 GH/s hash rate

Intel's entering the blockchain market with aims to deliver "energy-efficient blockchain hashing"

Intel has revealed their latest Bitcoin mining chip, a new Blockscale mining ASIC that promises 580 GH/s  of SHA-256 hashing performance and efficiency levels at 26 joules per terahash. These chips are due to become available to customers in Q3 of this year, and Intel has stressed that they can "supply it in volume without compromising the supply of new CPUs or GPUs."

In terms of efficiency, Intel's new Blockscale chips are competitive with some of the most efficient mining chips on the market, with Bitmain's flagship units being capable of outputting 140 TH/s of mining performance at an efficiency rating of 21.5 J/TH of power. Sadly, Intel's efficiency levels appear to place the company behind Bitmain. That said, Intel's offerings could be more affordable and become more readily available. Beyond that, Intel's offerings are much more efficient than many older Bitcoin mining hardware setups.

Intel's Blockscale ASIC chips can be used in mining systems with up to 256 Blockscale SOCs. Therefore a mining system with 256 ASICs could deliver around 148 TH/s of performance.

Intel does not plan to ship its ASICs directly to consumers, and will instead provide buyers with their SOCs and a reference hardware design and software stack to allow customers to create their own cryptocurrency mining systems. Hive Blockchain Technologies and GRIID Infrastructure will be two of Intel's first customers to create systems based on Intel's cryptocurrency mining ASICs.

Intel's statement that their Bitcoin mining ASICs will not impact CPU or GPU production  due to the "nature of the silicon powering this technology" suggests that Intel's new mining ASICs are not built using the same lithography nodes as the company's latest CPUs or graphics cards. It is likely that Intel's mining ASICs are built using an older lithography node from Intel.

Below is Intel's press release for their new Blockscale mining SOCs. 

Intel has launched its Blockscale Blockchain Hashing ASIC - Promises 580 GH/s hash rate

Press Release - Intel Launches New Intel Blockscale Technology for Energy-Efficient Blockchain Hashing

Intel today announced details for its new Intel Blockscale ASIC. Building on years of Intel research and development (R&D), this application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) will provide customers with energy-efficient hashing for proof-of-work consensus networks. Compute requirement for blockchains utilizing proof-of-work consensus mechanisms is growing at a rapid rate due to their resiliency and ability to scale without sacrificing decentralization. This growing pool of computing power requires an enormous amount of energy, necessitating new computing technologies that can provide the requisite power in a more energy-efficient manner while also being durable enough to mitigate long-term e-waste concerns.

"Momentum around blockchain continues to build. It is the enabler of decentralized and distributed computing, making way for innovative business models. To power this new era of computing, Intel is delivering solutions that can offer an optimal balance of hashing throughput and energy efficiency regardless of a customer's operating environment. Intel's decades of R&D in cryptography, hashing techniques and ultra-low voltage circuits make it possible for blockchain applications to scale their computing power without compromising on sustainability," said Balaji Kanigicherla, Intel vice president and general manager of Custom Compute in the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group.

For proof-of-work algorithms that are compatible with ASIC-based systems and SHA-256 hashing, the Intel Blockscale ASIC will provide the energy efficiency and computing power needed to achieve scalability and sustainability. And given the nature of the silicon powering this technology, Intel will be able to supply it in volume without compromising the supply of new CPUs or GPUs.

"Intel is committed to advancing blockchain technology in a responsible way, and we're proud to collaborate with and provide solutions to companies that are creating a more sustainable cryptocurrency ecosystem globally," said Jose Rios, general manager of Blockchain and Business Solutions in the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group at Intel. "The Intel Blockscale ASIC is going to play a major role in helping bitcoin mining companies achieve both sustainability and hash rate scaling objectives in the years ahead."

What Intel Blockscale ASIC Includes: Key features for the Intel Blockscale ASIC include:

- Dedicated Secure Hash Algorithm-256 (SHA-256) ASIC processor.
- Up to 580 GH/s hash rate operating and up to 26 J/TH power efficiency.
- On-chip temperature- and voltage-sensing capabilities.
- Support for up to 256 integrated circuits per chain.
- Reference hardware design and software stack to jump-start customers system development.

Shipments of Intel Blockscale ASIC to customers will begin in the third quarter of 2022. Argo Blockchain, Block Inc., Hive Blockchain Technologies and GRIID Infrastructure will be among the first companies to develop new systems based on Intel's ASIC.

In 2023 and beyond, Intel will be working with and supplying prospective customers who share the company's sustainability goals.

You can join the discussion on Intel's Blockscale blockchain hashing technology on the OC3D Forums.

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05-04-2022, 06:48:04

I'm sure that unfortunately there are enough intelligent (yet uneducated) people who can read this without rolling their eyes.Quote

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