Intel to Patent a BTC Mining Hardware 'Accelerator'

Thanks to the "accelerator", Intel engineers plan to reduce power consumption by 35% compared to traditional processors.
30 March 2018   1839

Technology giant Intel is working on a hardware "accelerator" for mining, which will reduce energy costs in the production of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. This is stated in the relevant patent application, the day before it was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. This is reported by Coinndesk.

A document called "Bitcoin Mining Hardware Accelerator With Optimized Message Digest and Message Scheduler Datapath" describes a method for optimizing an existing mining process.

Because the software and hardware utilized in Bitcoin mining uses brute force to repeatedly and endlessly perform SHA-256 functions, the process of Bitcoin mining can be very power-intensive and utilize large amounts of hardware space. The embodiments described herein optimize Bitcoin mining operations by reducing the space utilized and power consumed by Bitcoin mining hardware.

Intel Patent Filing

 Thanks to the "accelerator", Intel engineers plan to reduce power consumption by 35% compared to traditional processors.

In addition, it is noted that the invention is not limited to the functionality of specialized integrated circuits (ASICs). In other words, the "accelerator" can be used in a number of different mining systems.

Litecoin to Implement Reward Halving Successfully

Block reward was reduced from 25 LTC to 12.5 LTC on block 1,680,000
06 August 2019   105

Today, on August 5, the reward for the Litecoin block for miners was halved.

Halving happened on block 1,680,000, changing the block reward from 25 LTC to 12.5 LTC. The next halving will take place in four years - tentatively on August 2, 2023, as a result of which the block reward will decrease to 6.25 LTC, making digital silver even more scarce.

Litecoin Block Reward Halving Countdown
Litecoin Block Reward Halving Countdown

According to litecoinblockhalf, 75% of the total Litecoin supply has been mined so far. The current inflation rate of the coin is 4.26%, and after four years it should drop to 1.80%.

Many investors were sure that the market had long “digested” the positive expectations in connection with a decrease in cryptocurrency emissions and expected either a sideways price movement or even a decrease in the LTC rate.