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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…

Last year we have tested and reviewed the FutureBit MoonLander USB Scrypt ASIC Miner and have found it to be a well-designed and working miner. Unfortunately with hashrate maxing at just about 1 MHS at that time it was not very up to date for practical use with mining profitability in mind. The good news is that there is a new version of the miner in the works – FutureBit Moonlander 2 and the new device will be more interesting specifications wise.

The FutureBit Moonlander 2 USB Scrypt ASIC miner is supposedly offering an efficiency of about 1.3 Watts per MHS and the device should be capable of delivering between 3 and 5 megahashes for Scrypt mining (depending on settings). With the recent peak of the interest in Litecoin we could be seeing increased interest in these devices as well. The new version of the USB Scrypt ASIC should most likely be available for orders in October with deliveries starting at the end of October or early November. The price is not yet fixed, but it will most likely be in the range of $40-$60 USD per miner.

Preliminary specifications of the miner:
– Hashrate: 3-5 MHS Scrypt performance per miner
– Power usage: about 1.5W per MHS for most of that range
– Operating frequency: core clock from 500 MHz to nearly 1 GHz!
– Operating voltage: fully customizable core voltage range from 0.6V – 1V
– Fully redesigned 5v->core voltage stage with about 95% efficiency
– Heavy duty/over speced parts were used to ensure wide range of operation (stick can be pushed to nearly 6mh if you can cool it)
– Status LEDs for power, TX and RX transmission
– Uses latest bfgminer 5.4 for control
– Will work with all Mac OS, Linux, and Windows based PCs, as well as RPi’s etc (and I will be offering easy to use pre-compiled binaries)

For more information about the FutureBit Moonlander 2 USB Scrypt ASIC miner…


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