Are there any guides or material available for helping us build dedicated ASIC hardware for bitcoin mining .
Try this site for schematics: https://github.com/BitSyncom/avalon-ref
If you know the answer, don't be a jerk. Just answer the question. It helps to have answers/discussions for the same issue in many different places. This is one of the first pages that comes up when you search "asic schematics"
Take a look at this: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Mining_rig
And this: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Mining_hardware_comparison
ANYONE can contract board work, if he can do the layout himself. There are several board layout programs that will let you do this. There are plenty of board manufacturers that produce your boards, if you do the layout and send it to them. Some will even check your work to make sure it will work, for an extra fee, if you tell them your intentions. Signed contracts will keep your stuff safe from duplication. And if you keep some information to yourself, such as the finished product, it will keep it even safer. All you need is the pin-outs of the chips you are going to use, know how to write the firmware for it, and there are some sellers/resellers that will sell you their mining chips (ASICs I mean). If they do sell them to you, they will surely give you the information on how to hook them up (pin-outs), or they would be useless to sell.
It IS true that actually having an ASIC made will be more than difficult, but if THEY can do it, so can you. Right now (11-2013), there are chips available to use in building your machine(s). However, these are mostly older model chips (128ns or higher, usually), so you will have to use a lot of them to get anything up to today's par. Keeping this in mind, there are usually several things that are static on the pins, such as power, communications to and from the chip, and auxiliary pins for connecting capacitors, resistors, timing clocks (crystals), used to control the circuit and chip, what speed it runs, etc. A 128 pin chip, needs most, if not all of those lines connected to something.
Let's take a look at this from a basic level. Coins of any type are mined through complex math problems being solved by various devices that all have exactly 3 things in common. 1. They are powered by some sort of processor (or multiple processors) that perform the calculations. 2. They all have some sort of memory or storage area where the program for solving the problems resides.
- They all access the internet so that they can actively mine coins.
Let's see. Computers can do it! (cpu mining) Graphic Cards do it! (gpu Mining), do you see a pattern developing here? With Chips being amazingly cheap and readily available, and code being freely shared via the net, It is entirely plausible that one could develop and build coin miner.
It's called Hacking, or at least it used to be. Taking stuff apart to see how it works, researching things to see if you can do it yourself or better yet, come up with a more efficient way of doing it.
You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to devise a way to make your own ASIC or similar device. You just need the dedication, drive, and motivation to do so.