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Mining cryptocurrency can be fun and rewarding, especially if you’re able to set up a “mining rig” at home. For this to be practical, however, you will need a rig that is:
UltraMiner FPGA is all of the above. Double the speed and four times the energy efficiency of a typical Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) rig, cheaper and more flexible than a typical Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) rig, UltraMiner FPGA helps you wring every drop of performance from the 16 nm KU3P Xilinx Kintex® UltraScale+™ FPGA at its heart. The KU3P is two generations newer than the chips in other affordable FPGA rigs, which makes it twice as fast while drawing half the power.
Calling UltraMiner “versatile” is probably a bit of an understatement. It’s far more than just a crypto miner; it’s a modern, high performance FPGA dev board. And it’s open hardware. In addition to source code for our host software and cryptocurrency bitstreams, we intend to publish:
Speaking of Vivado, UltraMiner includes a free license to use the full version of that software – which normally costs over $2000 – as long as you’re using it to work with the KU3P chip. So even if you have no interest in crypto, UltraMiner still represents a cost effective way for you to explore the world of high performance FPGA programming. Other 16 nm dev boards might have additional bells and whistles, but they’ll set you back thousands of dollars.
And if you do have an interest in crypto, then UltraMiner offers you peace-of-mind as well as performance. More specifically, it’s a mining rig that won’t suddenly becoming a paperweight should the currency you’re mining decide to update its algorithm. Or should those of us who designed UltraMiner suddenly get hit by a truck.
Openness, trust, and transparency – while core values to many cryptocurrency enthusiasts – are in short supply within the crypto mining hardware industry. We’d like to change that. Not only through transparent funding and open hardware, but by helping to build a trusted community that can maintain algorithm updates and perhaps even develop new algorithms for the hundreds of thousands of Altcoins that exist.
We started mining in 2017. We set up rigs at home and then proceeded to scale them past the point where they became inconvenient and right up to the edge of physical discomfort. So we began researching FPGA miners. Unfortunately, very few dev boards can deliver the power required by mining algorithms, so we didn’t have much luck. We did, however, have quite a lot of experience in the semiconductor industry – on both the hardware and the software sides of the business – so we decided to build our own.