The Bitcoin mining power, which is the computing power dedicated to mining BTC, has hit another new high. All of this suggests that more than 600,000 powerful new machines may have come online in the last three months.
The latest cryptocurrency news pull out data from the crypto mining pool BTC.com, showing that the Bitcoin two-week average hash rate has crossed another major threshold. It reached 85 exahashes per second (EH/s) around 19:000 UTC last Friday.
Meanwhile, the mining difficulty also adjusted to a new record of nearly 12 trillion. Notably, the figures have jumped 60% since June 14, the data indicates. What’s interesting is that aside from the Bitcoin mining power, the difficulty of mining (a measure of how hard it is to create a block of transactions) adjusts after 2,016 blocks or roughly once in two weeks.
Many best cryptocurrency news sites reported about new models of application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) miners which hit the market over the summer, with an average hashing power of around 55 tera hashes per second (TH/s).
Assuming all of the 35 EH/s of new hashing power added since mid-June came from the top-of-the-line models, a new calculation suggests that more than half a million such machines have connected to the Bitcoin network.
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These powerful ASIC miner chips are made by a lot of major manufacturers such as Bitcmain, Canaan, InnoSilicon and MicroBT. They are priced from $1,500 to $2,500 each. Therefore, if more than half a million of them are delivered (as estimated above) the leading miner makers could have made $1 billion in revenue over the past three months.
The spiking hash rate and difficulty of Bitcoin are in line with the soaring price earlier this year, which led to an increasing demand for mining equipment that has significantly outstripped the supply. This is also in part thanks to the rainy summer season in southwestern China which resulted in cheap and abundant hydroelectric power.
According to miners in China, the Bitcoin mining power and more specifically the hash rate in the summer would break the level of 70 EH/s, which already happened in August. As a result, major miner manufacturers sold out their equipment due for shipment until the end of the year.
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