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What sort of tasks can an ASIC be developed to do?

I know requiring a lot of memory is one thing that makes an algorithm ASIC resist. Are there any others? Could an ASIC be developed to do Elliptic Curve Crypto? Like adding two points, or signing a ...
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What are the weakest cryptographic guarantees in Bitcoin?

I read in this Github pull that Bitcoin relies on weaker cryptographic guarantees than SHA256. What are the weaker cryptographic guarantees being referred to? Could it be that RipeMD is 160 bits? ...
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What does the curve used in Bitcoin, secp256k1, look like?

I'm reading up on ECC curves and on many of them I see an illustration that looks like this What does the comparable curve in Bitcoin look like, or are all curves generally the same?
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Does the 256-bit integer secret exponent define the X, Y pair?

I'm trying to understand better how bitcoin works and I'm stuck. I've read a blog showing how to construct the WIF from the 256-bit secret integer and up to that point, I think I follow. However I'm ...
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Can secp256k1 be implemented efficiently on a 8-bit processor and very limited RAM?

We are trying to build a much simpler version of Trezor. We do have an finished PCB design from a previous project and would like to know whether this design can be modified, without changing the ...
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Is this the proper way to use Bouncy Castle to generate a Bitcoin compatible key?

I'd like to use Bouncy Castle to generate the keypair for use with all *coin variants. Is this the correct implementation to get the correct ECC curve that the *coin variants use? ...
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Where and how is secp256k1 used within Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is unique that is uses secp256k1 to secure it's transactions; and any cryptographic attack against this algorithm is probably going to be percieved as an attack against the bitcoin network. ...