Golden Nonce Silicon Wafers Complete TSMC Fabrication, Exceed Performance Targets
SAN JOSE, CALIF. –– December 19, 2013 –– Uniquify and HashFast Technologies today confirmed that first silicon of HashFast’s Golden Nonce bitcoin mining application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is working and exceeding expectations after completing TSMC fabrication at the leading-edge 28HPM process node.
“The level of performance we are seeing from Golden Nonce is groundbreaking,” says Eduardo deCastro, founder and Chief Executive Officer of HashFast. “This milestone is verification of the central decisions in this project, including our own technical and architecture choices, as well as the decision to select Uniquify as our key partner for silicon design and manufacturing. TMSC’s industry-leading 28nm HPM process is the best silicon available for the design. We are thrilled to see our design working in silicon and exceeding our performance expectations.”
Each Golden Nonce chip contains more than a billion transistors, and is composed of four individual dies, each with an area of 81-square millimeters. It operates at a nominal clock speed of 740 megahertz (MHz), and has demonstrated an unprecedented performance of more than 500 Ghash/s per chip. It produces 0.768 Ghash/s per Mhz of clock speed and is silicon-efficient, producing 1.75 Ghash per square millimeter of silicon.
The silicon implementation from HashFast’s efficient architecture for high-performance hashing was completed in less than three months, record time for chip design. It required close cooperation between HashFast’s design team and Uniquify’s design and management experts who implemented the design and managed the chip manufacturing process.
“Time to market is critical in the fast emerging bitcoin mining market,” remarks Josh Lee, founder and CEO of Uniquify, who notes that the design highlights the quality of Uniquify’s work. “First silicon worked as expected, proving Uniquify and HashFast can deliver leading-edge silicon in a short timeframe, and a testament to Uniquify’s expertise and ability to quickly turn a design without sacrificing quality.”
HashFast Technologies is a fabless semiconductor manufacturer specializing in the production of high-performance ASICs at aggressive performance nodes for the network verification of digital currency transactions. Its mission is to push the performance of network transaction verification hardware, and make leading-edge ASICs available to the public. The company was founded in 2013 by Simon Barber and Eduardo deCastro, and is privately held. More information can be found at: www.HashFast.com.
Uniquify is a rapidly growing system-on-chip (SoC) design, integration and manufacturing services supplier, and innovative developer of high-performance semiconductor intellectual property (IP) offering the world’s fastest DDR memory IP. Its “ideas2silicon” services range from specification development and front-end design through physical design and delivery of packaged, tested chips. It offers 65-, 40- and 28-nanometer SoC design expertise, integration and manufacturing services to leading semiconductor and system companies worldwide. Uniquify’s adaptive DDR subsystem IP offers the highest DDR performance and the best system reliability a result of its patented self-calibrating technology. Uniquify’s headquarters and primary design center is in San Jose, Calif., with additional design and technical sales and support teams in China, India, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. For more information, visit: www.uniquify.com.