Baikal miner has recently updated their X11 miners to support multiple algorithms. The new algorithms, along with X11, are X13, X14, X15, Quark and Qubit. The additional algorithms are an interesting update to their miners. We were able to speak with Baikal about the upgraded miners and more.
Baikal on Updated X11 Miners
Could you tell me a bit about Baikal, not much is known?
Thanks in advance for giving a great chance to introduce Baikal reputably through your interview.
We have been developing the total solution of the miner from 2013 and also have several success stories about Scrypt and SHA256 ASIC.
With the rich experiences in ASIC design and miner solution, we started developing X11 ASIC last year and successfully launched our robust and brilliant Baikal miner this year.
Baikal team is made up of over 20-years high career members in Semiconductor and IT and especially the entire miner solution from ASIC design to H/W and S/W is Baikal self-developed by the proprietary technology.
The development of an X11 ASIC is a big accomplishment. Could you tell me about some of the things you went through in development?
X11 uses a chained eleven hash algorithms differently from Scrypt and SHA256 that cause more challenges for the optimization of eleven hash algorithms. While we optimized each hash algorithm, we focused much more on the entire interworking the eleven hash algorithms. We were sure about one shot success of X11 ASIC development through high fault coverage FPGA verification.
In the early stage of development, we had a plan to use 90nm node for X11 ASIC process.
But we realized that 90nm process couldn’t be more competitive at the fab-out time. So we moved to 40nm process leading to more NRE and more development challenges. But we believe in a good decision at this moment.