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An interesting new project from the developer of the FutureBit Moonlander and FutureBit Moonlander 2 USB Litecoin ASIC miners jstefanop called FutureBit Project Apollo. The new device called the FutureBit Apollo LTC is trying to be the world’s most efficient Scrypt ASIC miner, using WiFi and actually being silent… and if it is available at a good price point we are sold. It is targeted at home miners that want to get into mining and/or play around with ASIC miners and not large scale mining operations and mining farms, though it might be interesting for bigger miners as well thanks to the promising specifications announced.

FutureBit Apollo LTC miner Prototype Specifications:
– Compact Stand-alone Pod Style Miner (4x6x4in).
– Very wide range of operation modes with preset ECO (quiet) mode and TURBO mode.
– 100-140+ MH/s of Scrypt performance per miner.
– Industry leading 1W/MH in ECO mode, and 1.4W/MH for TURBO (100-200 watts).
– Powered by a fully integrated Quad-Core A7 ARM based controller.
– First miner to be fully controlled over wifi, only cable needed is power! (this will be a Beta feature on launch..backup ethernet port is available as well).
– Clocks and Voltage is fully customizable by user with easy to use interface (no more pots!).
– Industry leading 97% efficiency 12v power-stage, with 27 ASIC chips powered in a 3×9 parallel/serial power arrangement.
– Custom designed cold forged hexagonal pin heatsink with leading thermal performance for the quietest ASIC miner in operation!
– 2k-6k PWM High Static Pressure Dual Ball Bearing Fan with automatic thermal management with onboard temperature sensor.
– Controlled via local connection on a web browser similar to antminers. You can simply set it up via smartphone browser. No crazy driver installs, hard to use miner software or scripts needed.
– Two Six Pin PCIE power connectors for wide-range of power draw (only one is needed in ECO mode).
– New future platform features including full-node/peer to peer fully decentralize mining, full stand-alone solo mining, cloud/app based controls and more in development.

According to jstefanop the device is ready for mass production and it will be available in pre-order batches just like the previous Moonlanders. The first batch will be a VERY limited run (under 1k units) in order to fix any production issues with expected price range of $200-300 USD (it is not easy to beat large scale manufacturing in China) with better price and better efficiency. The first batch will probably be available for October delivery to people that pre-order the device in a first come first served basis. All of the initial sales for the Futurebit Apollo miner will be handled through the official Futurebit project website, though later batches will probably be available through resellers.

For more details about the initial announcement of the FutureBit Project Apollo…

While we are still waiting for the upcoming Avalon A9 Bitcoin ASIC miners that will be based on 7nm technology, Canaan Creative has apparently started selling AvalonMiner 851… the successor of 841. The new AvalonMiner 851 is based on the same 16 nm A3210HP ASIC chips that the 841 uses, though apparently there have been some optimizations in order for the new model to reach 15 THS up from 13.6 THS for the 841 version. So with Canaan AvalonMiner 851 you get 15 THS hashrate for Bitcoin mining with 1450W of power usage, allowing for a slightly better hashrate density, but not much of an efficiency improvement in terms of power usage. It is interesting to note that at the official Canaan website the AvalonMiner 841 is listed at $425 USD while the 851 is at $450 USD or just 25 dollars more, though wit distributors the price difference would be higher.

Canaan AvalonMiner 851 Specifications:
Hashrate: 15 TH/s, -5% ~ +10% : Min 14.5
Power Consumption: 1450W, +0% ~ +20% @ 14.5 TH/s, 25°C, 93% PSU Efficiency, 12V AC, Wall-Plug
Power Efficiency: 0.11 J / GigaHash Wall-Plug
Rated Input Voltage: 12 ~ 12.6V
Chips: 104 x A3210M 16nm ASIC
Frequency: Smart Speed
PSU output pins: 8 X 6PIN
Network Connection: AUC3 + AUC3 I2C to AvalonMiner Controller
Controller: AvalonMiner Controller
AUC3: Up to 5 devices / AUC3, Daisy-Chain Connection
Operating Temperature: -5℃ ~ 35℃
Air-intake Temperature: -5℃ ~ 35℃
Cooling: 1x 12038 FAN, 6000RPM
Noise: 0 ~ 65db
Dimensions: 370mm x 150mm x 136mm
Gross Dimensions: 430 mm x 215mm x 205mm
Net weight: 4.7kg
Gross weight: 5.2kg

Fore mroe details about the Canaan AvalonMiner 851 Bitcoin ASIC miner…

There seems to be a new interesting addition to the product line of Bitmain’s Bitcoin ASIC miners, though apparently currently only available on their Chinese website and not on the English version. The Antminer S9 Hydro is a water cooled miner that supposedly delivers 18 THS hashrate for mining Bitcoin with 1728 Watts of power usage. Even though it is just 4 THS more than the air cooled Antmoner S9 miners, the water cooling upgrade adds other advantages besides lower operating temperatures such as improved efficiency, lower operating temperatures and lower noise levels. The new device is currently listed at 7450 Yuan which roughly translates to about $1100 USD for the whole kit that includes the miner, the water cooling and the power supply.

Specifications of the Antminer S9 Hydro:
– Hashrate: 18.0 THS SHA256 ± 5%
– Power Usage: 1728w ± 10%
– Power Efficiency: 96J / THS + 10%
– Noise Level: 45dBA @ 25°C (max: 58 dBA, min: 26 dBA)
– Complete kit: S9 Hydro, HEX water cooling kit, Antminer APW5 Power Supply

An interesting possibility is if you go for a larger custom water-cooling solution too use multiple miners connected with your own water loop for larger scale miners. While this is most definitely an interesting product and something new that people were waiting for a while from Bitmain, with the current market situation we doubt that initial sales will be that big, though again large mining operations might be more interested in these new devices.

More details and photos about the new Antminer S9 Hydro (in Chinese)…


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