The early bird gets the worm, sometimes life gives you lemons, we have all heard these expressions before, and they are hardly ever true. Well, today, the early bird got a very interesting announcement on the BitcoinTalk forums, and, if true, those lemons will turn into oranges very quickly.
I’ll start making sense from this point onward, i promise. Crypto Industries announced the first Scrypt FPGA hardware available for consumers. I’m not saying they are the first company to claim they have Scrypt FPGA hardware, but these guys might actually be the first to deliver the goods.
Crypto Industries is represented on BitcoinTalk by two members you may or may not have heard of : Koolio ; who is also a moderator on BTC-E and runs his own Escrow website, and Motaboy, whom i unfortunately never have spoken to before. But enough with the small talk, let’s take a look at the announced goodies!
Three Scrypt FPGA miners have been announced , running respectively at 1 MH/s, 5 MH/s and 10 MH/s, which are very promising speeds. We’ll go a bit more in-depth for each unit in just a moment. All units are equipped with a Raspberry Pi, which will execute the mining software. The software itself will be a modified version of CGMiner, which most of us are accustomed to .
All units are named after Egyptian gods, and have a few similarities on the in- and outside. Every unit will run on multiple Ra boards with Xilinx Artix 7 FGPA chips, are equipped with DDR3 1066 MHz RAM, and a Raspberry Pi controller. Yes, that’s right, external memory.
On the exterior, all units come with a 4 line LCD display, which will show various stats such as mining speed, share count, temperatures and also your mining status. Temperatures are expected to be at 45-50°C, give or take a few degrees of course.
As far as connectivity goes , there is an Ethernet connector present, but you can also use a WiFi USB stick if preferred. Storage-wise, there is an internal SD card slot, but you can expand this with a USB flash drive if needed. Also important to notice : there is a 1 year return to base warranty period included in your purchase.
The 1 MH/s unit is called Isis. Expected weight of the unit is around 7 kilograms, with dimensions of 48.5cm x 24cm x 9 cm. A gold rated Power Supply is included in the purchase, and power consumption should be around 150W.
The 5 MH/s unit, called Osiris, shares a lot of the similarities. It’s a slightly heavier unit, weighing in at 8 kg compared to 7 kg, and the dimensions are slightly different as well : 48.5 cm x 24 cm x 18 cm . Now, as you would expect with a unit that runs at five time the hashing power, it also requires a higher power usage , and the included PSU is a 750W one.
Last but not least, we have the 10 MH/s unit, called Horus. The most powerful, yet also the heaviest of the three units at 10 kilograms, sporting dimensions of 48.5 cm x 24 cm x 27 cm.
As expected, 10 MH/s will draw a lot of wattage, however, at an estimated power usage of 1500W, this is still only a fraction of what regular GPU’s would draw.
An important quote you might be interested in : “All units will be able to mining both Litecoin and Feathercoin from the start, with future Scrypt based coins being added in following updates. There will be various ways of updating user settings including preformatted files through USB and IP access.”
A final bit of information I myself am very excited about : Crypto Industries is located in the UK. For us Europeans, this is a blessing. There is also a meetup planned in London, where the unit will be demonstrated. As the company is located in London, this seems a very strategic choice.
These are all the details available right now, but we hope to have more details (and hopefully some pictures) in the near future for all of you.
Should we manage to get our hands on one (or more) units, we will gladly write a review for all of our loyal readers.