Intel’s new Blockscale ASIC provides a hash rate of 580GH/s and does not affect CPU or GPU supply

Intel Blockscale ASIC
Intel is, of course, best known to consumers for its x86 processors, but it is far from a one trick pony in the silicon space. Edge-centric FPGAs, networking solutions, and a host of other hardware and services are all part of Intel’s manufacturing and development area. You can also include blockchain technology in the fold. As for blockchain, Intel today unveiled its new Blockscale ASIC with a massive hash rate for proof-of-work consensus networks.
The quest for blockchain is a more recent effort by Intel. Just as Intel is getting into discrete GPUs because it represents a huge market opportunity, blockchain is also a great business opportunity.

“The momentum around blockchain continues to grow. It enables decentralized and distributed computing and gives way to innovative business models. To power this new era of computing, Intel is delivering solutions that can provide an optimal balance between hashing throughput and energy efficiency, regardless of of a customer’s business environment,” said Balaji Kanigicherla, Intel vice president and general manager of Custom Compute in the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group

While the move into ASIC mining territory is new, Kanigicherla points out that Intel has spent decades researching and developing related technologies, including cryptography, hashing techniques, and ultra-low voltage circuitry.

Intel ASIC Specifications Table

Intel wants to make a big leap by offering a powerful solution in a more energy-efficient way. What is available is a dedicated Secure Hash Algorithm-256 (SHA-256) ASIC processor capable of a hash rate of 580 GH/s at power efficiency up to 26 J/TH. It supports up to 256 integrated circuits per chain, and both on-chip temperature and voltage sensing capabilities.

“Intel is committed to advancing blockchain technology responsibly, and we are proud to partner with and provide solutions to companies globally creating a more sustainable cryptocurrency ecosystem. The Intel Blockscale ASIC will play a key role in helping bitcoin mining companies achieve both sustainability and hash speed goals in the coming years,” said Jose Rios, general manager of Blockchain and Business Solutions in the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group at Intel.

Intel ASIC chip
Just last month, the chipmaker spoke about how it is poised to “ring in the metaverse and Web 3.0” by embracing blockchain, with a “roadmap of energy-efficient accelerators”. This introductory effort is claimed to provide over 1,000x better performance per watt than regular GPUs for SHA-256 based mining.
Intel also doubles down on its claim that it can deliver my ASICs in volume without affecting the delivery of new CPUs or GPUs. We’ll see if that’s true. Separately, Intel said it expects to ship more than 4 million discrete Arc Alchemist GPUs by this year.


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