Chinese mining giant Bitmain has introduced a new firmware for Antminer s9, which activates the optimization algorithm cryptocurrency mining AsicBoost. In addition, a week later, the company will make the same update in other models based on chips BM1387: Antminer R4, S9i, S9j, T9 and T9+. As reported, the move “will enhance the effectiveness of several models of Antminer and create a context for the development of a serious network with long-term plans.”
We’ve released new firmware to activate the “Overt #AsicBoost” on the #Antminer S9. Firmware for other BM1387-based models coming soon. Learn more about this decision here: https://t.co/hfEfFslyxp Download link: https://t.co/KpkClmWPZk
— BITMAIN [Not giving away ETH] (@BITMAINtech) October 22, 2018
In Bitmain explained that earlier would not activate this feature due to legal uncertainty around AsicBoost and unwillingness to violate the patent protection decision, however, the legal advisors, the company concluded that it no one has an exclusive patent, and miners can decide to use this technology or not.
“…In March 2018, we noticed that the new hardware manufacturers advertise the use of AsicBoost, and soon with it, the blockchain has started to extract blocks. To give users of our mining pools the ability to obtain cryptocurrency with AsicBoost, we have added support for BTC.COM and Antpool”, – said the representatives of the company in the blog.
Bitmain also argues that the use of AsicBoost will increase the efficiency of mining, reduces the cost and increase Hasrat network.
Recall that one of the leading mining pools of bitcoin AntPool, which is under the direct control of Bitmain, have activated the algorithm AsicBoost, it became known in early September. Previously, the company has several times been accused of using AsicBoost as a “mathematical trick” to mine bitcoin faster than it competitors, but the company said that AsicBoost used for testing only.