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Roadmap: Litecoin ASIC Miner, VIPER (Scrypt)

Os pongo el email recibido hoy tal cual:

Greetings Miners!

On Monday (13/01/2014) we released an outline of our set roadmap, today as promised we will be releasing a timeline with dates on each aspect of the development process. This shows our commitment to transparency and gives a better idea on what exact stage we are on at all times. As we go through multiple developmental stages in parallel, we will be releasing regular detailed updates on our progress. Our next updates will be consistent developmental updates on what is being worked on and what has been achieved.


Project Start: 16/08/13

Project Finish: 15/07/14


Task Name
Duration Start Finish
    Viper ASIC Miner Project
238 days Tue 16/08/13 Tue 15/07/14
Scrypt Core and Chip Architecture
15 days Mon 06/01/14 Fri 24/01/14
System Architecture
5 days Mon 06/01/14 Fri 10/01/14
FPGA Implementation and Testing
131 days Tue 16/08/13 Fri 14/02/14
ASIC Development
85 days Mon 20/01/14 Fri 16/05/14
Viper Miner Board Design
95 days Mon 13/01/14 Fri 23/05/14
Viper Miner Firmware Development & Testing
118 days Wed 01/01/14 Fri 13/06/14
Mechanical, Thermal & Misc
69 days Mon 13/01/14 Thu 17/04/14
System Assembly & Testing
2 days Mon 16/06/14 Tue 17/06/14
System Integration & Testing
20 days Wed 18/06/14 Tue 15/07/14
User Manual
12 days Fri 18/04/14 Mon 05/05/14

Litecoin ASIC miner (VIPER), soon pre-orders

Esta es una actualización (el email me ha llegado a la 1:32pm GMT+1) del estado en el que se encuentran los ASIC miner de la empresa Alpha Technologies llamados «Viper». El 23 de diciembre desvelaron los precios de los dos modelos, 5Mh/s y 25Mh/s, os los pongo aquí mismo:

                                5Mh/s—————- 1.350 Libras esterlinas

                               25Mh/s————— 5.450 Libras esterlinas

Piden un depósito del 30% del precio total como garantía. El proceso de pre-orders lo abrirán en breve, dicen que en cuanto pasen las Navidades. Aquí os dejo info sobre «Terms of Order» y este es un ejemplo que han incluido en el email para que nos hagamos una idea del coste y el ahorro en energía entre sus ASIC´s y su equivalente en las GPU´s actuales:

Viper Device 25 Mh/s: 600watts (or below) £5450 (full cost)          

GPU Rig 25 Mh/s: 10,000 watts (40 GPU’s @ 250watts  x 625 Kh/s)   £12,000 (excl. other costs)

Viper Device 5Mh/s: 100watts (or below) £1350 (full cost)            

 GPU Rig 5Mh/s: 2,000watts (8 GPU’s @ 250 watts x 625 Kh/s)  £2,400 (excl. other costs)

N.B.: no son nada baratos pero eso ya lo sabíamos, ya que cualquier ASIC que resuelva el algoritmo Scrypt (Litecoin, Feathercoin, etc.), es más caro en comparación con los ASIC de bitcoins, requieren más potencia de memoria y más espacio en la misma. Resolver Scrypt es mucho más difícil que resolver SHA-256 de bitcoins y otros.

Nota del CEO:

This update is from CEO of Alpha Technology, Mohammed Akram:

First of all I would like to personally wish everyone a merry Christmas, happy holidays and good health. I understand a lot of people will be busy with family and enjoying holidays. So we will only be opening registration for now. Pre-ordering will be open after a few days when everyone is back.

In The Coming week what you can expect

1. Product Images and ASIC POC prototype demonstration (on high end FPGA platform)

2. Order books opening

Happy Christmas once again.

VIPER: Litecoin ASIC (Scrypt)

N.B.: os pongo el email según me ha llegado a las 00:08am.

Original Development Update 17/12/2013

In the coming days we will be releasing all detailed information on our ASIC prototype chip, end product specification, aswell as pricing and how we will go about the pre-ordering phase. Today is the release of our ASIC chip prototype technical document. Next updates will be a video demonstration of the core speeds we have put in our document and then our final product specifications. Our devices are named ‘Viper’ and there will be a 5Mh/s version and 25Mh/s version.


Prototyping an ASIC chip is done in an high-end FPGA/ASIC prototyping board. Where the core speed was optimised by our expert team. All our goals to get the most throughput in performance had been reached.

The following report shows analysis of the ASIC prototyping phase we went through, and we are comfortable with sharing this. The core speed is demonstrated in a Virtex board, which has just 8 cores. We will shortly be releasing a video demonstrating the core speeds on CGMINER. Click here to download or view the full report. Our optimized design has out performed the fastest publicy known scrypt implementation by 3x. Aswell as giving it the benefit of it being fully multi-core and scaleable for our ASIC chip.

Our ASIC design is almost frozen by our ASIC manufacturers. We are targeting a more safer and cost efficient approach of hitting 128 cores (as shown in the document), where each chip hashing rate will be 300-500 Kh/s. We will give you the exact hashing rate and frozen design by next week. Note. we have shown all hash rates as minimum expected figures.


Each Viper device is based upon the same custom Viper board. Each Viper board contains multiple ASIC chips reaching a hashing rate of 5Mh/s. These boards can easily be connected via slot in b2b connectors, without any wiring. One board in each device will contain a micro-controller to make the devices fully standalone.’Viper’ is the name of our first line of scrypt dedicated miners. There is a smaller 5Mh/s version and larger 25Mh/s version.  Each device is designed to be rack mountable, 5MH/s (1u) and 25Mh/s (6u)


ASIC Chip: 28/45nm @ 300-500Kh/s

Viper Board: Multiple ASIC Chips = 5,000Kh/s

Viper Miner (5 Mh/s): 1 x Viper Board, ~150 watts, 1u size rack mountable. Fully standalone.

Viper Miner (25 Mh/s): 5 x Viper Board, ~750 watts, 6u size rack mountable, fully standalone.

Note. The finalising of our ASIC design will not affect the end product hash-rate. 5Mh/s and 25Mh/s devices are final.

 What will be in the next Update?

Until we launch our pre-ordering process, we have a few more updates to release:

1. Images and full specifications of our Viper devices.

2. Video demonstration of ASIC prototype showing core speed (as shown in document). And announced frozen hash-rate and process for ASIC chip fabrication.

3. Images of our new office, and official Viper trailer.

4.  Pricing and pre-order process explained, and terms and conditions.

 We expect all 4 updates to be released within the next 2 weeks. Where we will then begin the pre-ordering process.

Alpha Technology team 

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