08 May '13, 11pm

We’ve got a Butterfly Labs Bitcoin miner, and it’s pretty darn fast

We’ve got a Butterfly Labs Bitcoin miner, and it’s pretty darn fast

Apparently, I'm a Bitcoin miner now, and it looks like I'm actually pretty good at it. Ars is currently in possession of one of the elusive but very real Butterfly Labs Bitcoin Miners . It's a tiny little black box that fits in the palm of my hand, and it contains a specialized ASIC adept at chewing through SHA-256 cryptographic functions—exactly the kind of calculations necessary to bring more Bitcoins into the world. Turns out, it's very good at what it does: it computes hashes at the rate of about 5.3 billion per second.

Full article: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/05/weve-got-a-butterf...

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