Bitcoin and the age of Bespoke Silicon

@article{Taylor2013BitcoinAT,
  title={Bitcoin and the age of Bespoke Silicon},
  author={Michael Bedford Taylor},
  journal={2013 International Conference on Compilers, Architecture and Synthesis for Embedded Systems (CASES)},
  year={2013},
  pages={1-10}
}
Recently, the Bitcoin cryptocurrency has been an international sensation. This paper tells the story of Bitcoin hard-ware: how a group of early-adopters self-organized and financed the creation of an entire new industry, leading to the development of machines, including ASICs, that had orders of magnitude better performance than what Dell, Intel, NVidia, AMD or Xilinx could provide. We examine this story for clues as to how we can foster greater innovation in the semiconductor industry and… CONTINUE READING

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