Chinese crypto mining giant and ASIC hardware producer Bitmain have always remained at the forefront in the crypto mining hardware industry. The company is known globally for manufacturing the latest chips that are launched to the market on different occasions.
As you know, today mining BTC requires Application Specific Integrated Chip (ASIC) rigs. Bitmain holds a dominant position in manufacturing ASIC chips and the flagship Antminer series of the company are one of the most successful hardware devices in the cryptocurrency world. On November 2013, the world got introduced to the first Antminer S1 and since then the company is continuously engaged in improving its technology.
In the previous post, we have already discussed the recently launched BTC miners by Bitmain- the S17 series. So today in this post, we’ll be looking at the two most efficient chips and miners produced by the company- Antminer T17 and its predecessor Antminer T15.
Antminer T15 (BM1391)
Last November, Bitmain revealed its application-specific integrated circuit hardware, the Antminer S15, and T15. Both these energy efficient models were equipped with 7nm process technology semiconductors. The S and T series miners are capable of producing Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin Core (BTC) with a mining capacity of only 42 joules per terahash. According to the company, the extremely efficient chipset uses a seven nanometer “FinFET” architecture which produces one terahash/42 joules, or approximately 23,800 megahash per joule (mh/j) of energy.
The new ASIC chip BM1391 used in T15, based on the SHA256 algorithm, integrates more than a billion transistors, as well as has been optimized for maximum efficiency. In this way, it will be much more powerful, stable and efficient. The company launched both these model in two modes with differentiated efficiencies. The first mode is the “high performance” mode which provides maximum hashrate, while the second one is “energy saving” mode that delivers a competitive hashrate at a lower energy cost. The Antminer T15 is the first hardware produced by Bitmain that comes with an integrated power supply.
The company stated at Wechat, “The next generation chip integrates up to 1 billion transistors and is algorithmically optimized – with a unique circuit structure and low-power technology, the chip’s efficiency will be up to 42 J / TH.”
Bitmain Antminer T15 (23Th)
|Model||Antminer T15 (23Th)|
|Launch Date||November 2018|
|Size||176 x 205 x 279mm|
|Temperature||5 – 45 °C|
|Humidity||5 – 95 %|
Antminer T17 (BM1397)
Soon after the launch of BM1391 and Antminers S15 and T15, the crypto mining giant revealed its latest and most efficient 7nm (nanometer) ASIC mining chip — BM1397. This energy-efficient chip is designed for mining cryptocurrencies that use the SHA256 algorithm for their proof-of-work (PoW), that is, Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH).
Bitmain, the cryptocurrency hardware miner-manufacturer, has used this chip in its Antminer S17 series which has three models- S17 Pro, Antminer S17 and Antminer T17. As compared to the company’s previous 7nm chip used in the T15, the BM1397 needs less power for mining cryptocurrencies and is expected to deliver a 28.6% improvement in power potency. This became possible due to the efforts of the Bitmain’s engineering team that worked meticulously to customize the chip design so as to optimize its architecture, circuit, and economics. So far, the two models S17 and S17 pro are launched and the Antminer T17 is likely to release shortly. It is expected that due to this latest chip, the energy consumption will go to as low as 30 J/TH.
Now, let’s wait for the launch of Antminer T17 to see if crypto miners are going to ditch its predecessor T15.