“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 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.