September is here, bringing cold air to many parts of the world that play home to bitcoin mines on both the hobby and industrial scale. If you’re a home rig operator, you’re no doubt looking forward to the day when you can turn down the air conditioning and let some of that cool fall air inside.
This week’s roundup takes a look at several corners of the mining community, from inside the new rig of a solar power-producing hobbyist to inside Bitmain’s manufacturing facility.
Alpha Technology releases update on Viper
Israel-based mining hardware maker Spondoolies Tech is putting a new mining product to market. The SP20 continues a trend seen among many hardware makers: the manufacturing of bigger units better suited for a data center than a home hobby rig.
According to the company, the SP20 will be capable of producing an estimated 1.7 TH/s. Power-wise, it is expected to draw 1,100 watts at the wall. It will be available for pre-order next week, Spondoolies said.
In a recent conversation with CoinDesk, Spondoolies CEO Guy Corem noted that the move to data centers is good for the industry, but that companies need to do their part in contributing to the goal of a truly decentralized network of miners.
“We fight for the small guys. Small, capable miners. That’s what we’re trying to do and we support them.”
A look inside Bitmain’s factory
Ever wanted to see what it looks like inside a state-of-the-art bitcoin manufacturing plant? Chinese-language bitcoin news site BTCSide.com recently published a series of photos from inside Bitmain’s factory, offering a glimpse into one of the busiest manufacturers in the world.
The picture above shows what BTCSide calls the “aging room”, where units are tested and readied for shipment. Other pictures contained in the gallery show the company’s maintenance room where workers take apart, program and reconfigure the hardware.
The power needs of a facility like this are tremendous. As the photos demonstrate, Bitmain’s facility – like every other data center-based bitcoin company – is built to handle copious amounts of energy.
The owner of the home rig said he and his neighbors operate a small wind and solar farm, selling excess power produced back to their local electric company. Given that cheap resources are required to make any bitcoin mine profitable, the hobbyist was able to remove a key hurdle to getting his project off the ground.
“I have enough spare power to supply around 800 S1s maybe, and I could always buy a wind turbine. Dispensing heal won’t be a problem, I have a whole room which I will design to do one thing and one thing only, to keep all the miners cooled, of course it will cost a lost, but I’m already down to -23C (without all the fans).”
Looking ahead, the hobby miner said that he hopes to buy more S1s or, in the future, a fleet of S3s to build out his mine.
- ^ Alpha Technology (alpha-t.net)
- ^ blog post (alpha-t.net)
- ^ issues related to PayPal (www.coindesk.com)
- ^ several design changes (www.coindesk.com)
- ^ Bitell (www.bitell.com)
- ^ Hashnest.com (www.hashnest.com)
- ^ Bitcoin Talk (bitcointalk.org)
- ^ today’s prices (www.coindesk.com)
- ^ Spondoolies Tech (www.spondoolies-tech.com)
- ^ BTCSide.com (www.btcside.com)
- ^ Bitcoin Talk (bitcointalk.org)
- ^ Shutterstock (www.shutterstock.com)
- ^ Alpha Technology (www.coindesk.com)
- ^ Bitmain (www.coindesk.com)
- ^ Mining (www.coindesk.com)
- ^ Mining Roundup (www.coindesk.com)
- ^ Spondoolies-Tech (www.coindesk.com)
- ^ Viper (www.coindesk.com)