What you need to know
- Intel will supply Bitcoin startup GRIID with chips designed to mine cryptocurrency more efficiently, according to a recent report.
- GRIID has reportedly signed a supply agreement with Intel to use the "Bonanza Mine" chips.
- Intel's Bonanza Mine announcement is said to be on the way in February 2022.
Intel is expected to announce its new Bonanza Mine chips in February 2022. They are said to be able to make mining Bitcoin more energy efficient than the current offerings on the market, allowing companies and individuals to obtain cryptocurrency without having to use as much power. According to an S-4 filing spotted by Fox Business, a Bitcoin mining startup called GRIID will be the first to use Intel's Bonanza Mine processors.
"We have entered into a definitive supply contract with Intel to provide ASICs that we expect to fuel our growth. The initial order will supply units to be delivered in 2022 and GRIID will have access to a significant share of Intel's future production volumes," said GRIID in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (via HotHardware).
Bonanza Mine Chips, also called BZM2 ASICS (application-specific integrated circuits), could increase the profit margins of crypto mining companies such as GRIID. Mining Bitcoin requires a lot of energy, which is increasingly expensive. By lowering the energy required to mine cryptocurrency, GRIID and other companies could significantly lower their costs.
It's expected that Intel will officially announce its Bonanza Mine chips at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in February 2022.
Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency have been under increased scrutiny recently due to their impact on the environment. Russia recently proposed a ban on mining crypto. Reducing the environmental footprint of mining cryptocurrency could help the image of the emerging technology.
Get the Windows Central Newsletter
All the latest news, reviews, and guides for Windows and Xbox diehards.
Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org.