"Application-Specific Integrated Circuit" - An integrated circuit (chip) specifically designed for one task only. Similar to FPGAs, ASICs may be the low-power-consumption future of Bitcoin mining. As with FPGAs they are very power efficient but carry a comparatively higher up-front cost.

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Can ASIC miners easily be used to guess brainwallet passphrases?

After reading the Bitcoin wiki page for brainwallets it seems to me that mining equipment can be used to brute force brainwallet passphrases. Is this correct? "...so hackers can collectively try ...
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BFGminer can't find my NanoFury on Raspberry Pi

Related: BFGminer can't find my NanoFury! Posted on the RPi Exchange as well http://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/14753/bfgminer-cant-find-my-nanofury-on-raspberry-pi Forums: ...
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USB HUB 2.0 for Raspberry PI Mining Voltage and Amp recommendations

What are my best options? I've seen posts about voltage and amps but it varies. I would like to run a 10+ port USB hub it needs to be USB 2.0 Note: I will always run one miner less then the max, ...
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Miners don't detect ASIC Devices

When I try to add devices to BFGMiner and BitMinter, Only 3/4 devices will be detected, When I go to Devices and Printers (In Windows 7) it shows all of my ASIC Miners. Here is the error: 2014.02.26 ...
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What temperature should a USB ASIC Miner have while running?

What is the maximum temperature a USB miner should be running at? Mine are at about 60°C/150°F.
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Is Vertcoin really ASIC resistant?

Vertcoin comes with Adaptive-N-factor, which means the scrypt algorithm PBKDF parameter N will be changed according to the announced time table. Litecoin has N=10, while Vertcoin starts with N=11. And ...
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Auto Adding Devices to BFGMiner

Every time I launch BFG Miner I have to add the devices by entering the com port it is on. Is there anyway to do this automatically? Here is my start script: bfgminer -o stratum.bitcoin.cz:3333 -u ...
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How do I get started, what hardware do I use? [closed]

So, I would like to get started in mining BTC and live in Britain south of Cambridge. I have a custom machine running an OC 7870, intel i5 etcetera. Would it be pointless mining with this hardware as ...
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What hash rate should I expect using a BiFury with USB2.0 rather than USB3.0?

I'm considering the BiFury which is generates ~5GH/s on a USB3 port. They say, Miner is designed to be used with USB 3.0 port or USB 3.0 hub (must meet min. 0.9A per port to achieve full hashrate) ...
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Problems with Antminer U1 - why doesn't it work?

I've got other Antminers working, this one just throws these errors in debug mode - is this fixable? [2014-01-30 19:03:10] Bmsc send golden nonce [2014-01-30 19:03:10] ANT0: GetResults (amt=0 ...
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USB hub busy when mining Peercoin with Red Fury ASIC running Minepeon

I have a RasPI running minepeon 0.2.5, a DLINK USB Hub and a Red Fury USB ASIC Bitcoin Miner 2.2-2.7GH/Sec By BITFURY I've added my pool https://ppcoin.d7.lt/ and things looked good except nothing is ...
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New… Need help getting started. Which ASIC miner?

I'm new to bitcoin but very interested. Looking at purchasing an ASIC miner because I realize I cannot mine just from my macbook pro. Whats an ASIC miner I can purchase for under like $300? Also, ...
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Questions about Bitcoin mining hardware and in pools [closed]

I have recently found out about Bitcoin, and as I read more and found about about hardware and stuff, I thought of a lot of questions. So Butterfly Labs has Bitcoin mining hardware, and I was ...
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Would it be possible to convert low-end ASICs designed for mining Bitcoin into Litecoin mining rigs?

My friend and I have been discussing trying to mine Bitcoins or an altcoin. We've come to the conclusion that at the current difficulty one gigahash per second Litecoin mining will net ~$5 USD a day. ...
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Unable to set up CG Miner or BFG Miner

I have tried setting up both CG Miner and BFG Miner with my Asic Block Erupter but I have had issues with both. When setting up BFG Miner, I go to "Properties" to change the target for the shortcut, ...
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Why can't we design a bitcoin that does useful work?

The bitcoin network, including every miner, is the biggest computing project that humanity has created. Thus I ask: why, instead of using it to generate useless data, don't we use it to generate ...
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ASICs and large memory requirements [duplicate]

People keep saying that proof of work functions like scrypt prevent ASICs from working because of large memory requirements. What's stopping ASIC designers from simply building ones that have lots of ...
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High Hashing Power: Okay to solo mine? [duplicate]

I plan to hash at around 250-550 gH/s, would it be profitable to mine solo, or would I make more money joining a pool? Are there any unexpected occurrences that I should look out for when mining?
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BFGminer can't find my NanoFury!

I recently purchased a Nanofury ASIC unit. I tried running it on my Linux system, as I just let the computer sit and run. I couldn't get it to work on Linux, so I decided to give it a try on Windows = ...
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Would this be suitable for Bitcoin mining?

Would 10 Port Mini USB HUB High Speed 2.0 with Power Adapter Black #198 UK (on eBay) be suitable for Bitcoin mining? I have a new PC, so I don't want to damage the motherboard by using the USB ports ...
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Bitcoin rig setup, connecting a Butterfly Labs unit using USB

I'm currently running a rig with seven block erupters in a 10 connector powered USB hub. After taking the USB fan into account, I have an additional two USB ports available. The host is an old laptop. ...
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Parts of a Bitcoin Mining Rig

Original question: How important is a strong CPU and GPU for ASIC mining? I would assume that the GPU could be a cheap one because even if its high-end it probably won't help, and that the CPU should ...
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Which coins can butterfly-labs miners mine

Can I use a butterfly-labs miner to mine any crypto-currency?
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Could an algorithm be made ASIC-resistant by simply adding deterministic permutations depending on the hash of the previous block and the nonce?

I was thinking of permuting bits in a block before it is hashed, in order to require some adaptability from the mining hardware while retaining the security of SHA-256. Permutations would depend on ...
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What do the indicator lights mean on USB Block Erupter ASICs?

The lights on USB Block Erupters stay solid when not mining. During mining, there will be frequent tiny flashes, and occasionally longer flashes, lasting a few seconds. What exactly are do the short ...
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Sudden GH/s drop in BFL Miner

So basically I have a BLF non-Jalapeno variety 50Gh/s miner. I run cgminer and have recently been mining from ozcoin after eclipsemc was hit with a recent DDoS. Normally, I have been clocking at ...
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Is it possible to mine Peercoin and Litecoin simultaneously on the same machine?

Using GPU(s) for Litecoin (scrypt, Cudaminer) and a USB ASIC for Peercoin (SHA-256).
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5 GH/s Bitcoin Miner from Butterfly Labs can mine Litecoin?

I was wondering buy this ASIC miner of 5GH/s to mine Litecoin. I want know, can I mine Litecoin with this powerful tool? If not, there any ASIC miner's that can mine Litecoin?
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Is ASIC miner worth my money? [closed]

I started to mine BTC recently with my single 7970, and I'm getting 590MH speed on it. Using some BTC profit calculators that I've found on the internet tell me I could earn ~$300-400 worth of BTC ...
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ASICMINER Blade Erupter Backplane Dimensions

I need to know the exact dimensions of Backplane (http://www.amazon.com/ASICMiner-Block-Erupter-Blade-Backplane/dp/B00GPUDBSM), both it's height, length and width. If you have one of these mining rigs ...
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How does the ASIC Jalepeno connect to the Internet?

Does the ASIC Jalepeno miner need to be connected via USB for it to work properly (to access the Internet)? I was hoping there was a wi-fi setup option but I don't see it.
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Wallet problem and ASIC miner

I bought an ASIC miner but the wallet just cannot get synched. I am trying for days now and i am still 18 weeks back. Can i run my ASIC miner on a pool, while my wallet isn't fully synched and the ...
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CgMiner past version 3.4 cannot see USB Block Eurptors (Windows)

I've been using CgMiner 3.4.1 since late September. It can see my four USB Block Erupters, and works: cgminer version 3.4.1 - Started: [2013-11-20 07:48:07] ...
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What are ASIC miners actually doing?

I'm trying to understand Bitcoin mining (software-wise), and I wonder how ASIC miners are different? I'm going through this minimal Bitcoin miner Github repository. Which part of Program.cs are ASICs ...
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Confirm a specific transaction

I sent a Bitcoin transaction a few days ago and it still doesn't have any confirmations. I actually have a ASIC miner. Is it possible to confirm a specific transaction, in this case mine, with my ...
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How has mining evolved since the start of Bitcoin?

Can someone post a detailed description on how mining has evolved since the introduction of Bitcoin all the way till today? I mean quantity of miners, hardware used, profits made, ROI etc. I guess ...
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Using ASIC to password cracking - mad concept?

All ASIC for Bitcoin do a double SHA256 hash on an arbitrary string. But maybe they might be used for pen testing :-) Lets assume we have single SHA256 hash we want to crack. We also have an ASIC ...
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BFGMINER error while loading shared libraries

I just installed BFGMINER on my Ubuntu 12.04LTS laptop and it won't let me set it up with my pool. administrator@T41-Server:~$ sudo bfgminer -o api.bitcoin.cz:8332 -u wizardmorax.ibm_ubuntu -px -S ...
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BlueFury BF1 and Mac OS X

I've been mining with ASIC miners for a short while on Mac OS X and recently bought a few BlueFury BF1 miners but no matter what I can't get them to work. bfgminer 3.3.0 states: /dev/cu.usbmodem1d11 ...
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Can ASIC or FPGA boards be used to mine Litecoin?

I know that Litecoin was designed to be mined with a CPU but then someone figured out how to mine it with a GPU. Has anyone figure out how to mine Litecoin with an ASIC or FPGA boards, and if not is ...
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Best tutorial and info on setting up ASIC Mining USB Block Erupters to join a mining pool?

I just got my usb block erupters and I was wondering what is the best tutorial on setting this up to join a mining pool? I'm currently on Windows. I want to be able to mine other alt-coins that uses ...
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Why some getwork has no nonce (on avalon asic, but other asic may come up)

i am testing miner asic to implement my own getwork hasher IP, and i found some interesting results. getwork from the pool may generate no-nonce result and the asic chip keeps running until reaching ...
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Can a Qubit Miner ASIC device be created and what would its impact be on the mining community?

With mining gaining in popularity every day and the raw power of the ASIC devices increasing at a dramatic rate, I wonder what is the next big jump for miners. Qubits, or quantum bits, have already ...
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Mining calculator difficulty factor

I want to buy an ASIC miner and used a mining profitability calculator. I saw that they have a "difficulty factor". When does this difficulty factor rise and why? Can you predict when it will rise or ...
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Can a Raspberry Pi power 1 USB Asic Miner?

Looking at other setups it seems everyone is running with multiple USB Asic Miners through powered USB Hubs. Can the Raspberry Pi power a single miner through USB? Even using a 2 amp power adapter?
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How to run Stratum for terracoin?

I have a few asic blades 13 GHs and I am farming BTC on slash pool via stratum. How to change and what inside stratum to make those asics farm terarcoin on any one pool for TRC?
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Are ASIC miners going to be depreciated due to it overtaking much of the network power in the future?

I read somewhere the bitcoin developers were thinking about depreciating the ASIC miners since its overtaking the network in the future by integrating sycrpt with the current encription. Where was ...
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How would advancement in ASIC manufacturing process affect mining?

What's the expected performance improvement with the advanced ASICs? When advanced semiconductor manufacturing processes provide high hash rates by consuming low power, and older processes makes mass ...
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Why do bitcoin mining companies sell hardware if the hardware they are selling makes them money? [duplicate]

Why do bitcoin mining companies sell hardware and make ASICS if the hardware they are selling makes them money? Surely they would hold onto the profitable hardware and sell it when it's less ...
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How much will difficulty increase when ASIC miners become generally availible in the coming months?

I am considering buying a 5/Ghs Butterfly Labs ASIC miner. My question is, will the difficulty increase caused by large quantities of ASIC miners being shipped in the coming months make the miner in ...