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Bitmain strengthens global reach: names Bit5ive and Fastblock official distributors of Antminers in South America

San Jose, California, December 12, 2019 – Bitmain – the world’s leading producer of cryptocurrency mining hardware is strengthening its global reach by selecting two cryptocurrency mining consulting firms, Fastblock and Bit5ive as the company’s official distributors of Antminers in South America.

“South America continues to be an important region for the cryptocurrency mining sector. Our collaboration with Fastblock and Bit5ive will help us to build on the relationships we have with the mining community on-the-ground and instill trust in the sales process of Antminers,” said Irene Gao, Antminer Sales Director of NCSA.

Bit5ive, a Miami-based firm founded in 2013, that sells, hosts and supports the most advanced cryptocurrency hardware available on the market, will be distributing Antimners to over 30 countries in Latin, Central America and the Caribbean. 

“The Bit5ive team looks forward to a close partnership with Bitmain. The official distributor license will help to strengthen the trust South American miners have in Antminer’s sales process,” said Robert D. Collazo Jr., CEO and Co-Founder of Bit5ive.

Fastblock, a Mining As A Service (MaaS) company that has been providing mining consulting services since 2014, will be the main distributor of Antminers in Brazil.

“We are excited to be bringing our blockchain knowledge from managing over 20 mining plants since 2014, to Antminer customers in the region. We are also able to guarantee the best prices and have a highly skilled team that can advise on the most cost-effective solutions for any mining project ” said Bernardo Schucman, CEO and Co-Founder of Fastblock.

The two companies have been selected due to their capabilities in providing customers in those locations further expertise and added solution services such as: Customer Clearance Service, Logistics Service, Mining Farm Hosting Services, Consultancy, and more.

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Five highlights for the digital mining sector from WDMS ‘19

The digital mining sector is only just ramping up and this year’s World Digital Mining Summit (WDMS) was proof of this. 

The second annual industry-wide gathering of the digital mining sector was met with great anticipation with numerous attendees including leading founders, decision-makers and industry experts.

Here are five major highlights from the summit.

1. Bitmain’s co-founder, Jihan Wu, shares four initiatives to drive innovation in digital mining

Jihan Wu speaking to the attendees of WMDS

One of the major points of discussion at the WDMS was about ways to innovate the digital mining sector and during his keynote, Bitmain founder, Jihan Wu, shared four of Bitmain’s initiatives.

First, that Bitmain will soon launch a service called the World Digital Mining Map to provide a better platform to connect mining hardware owners with mining farm owners. This service will be free for BITMAIN customers.

It currently takes too long to repair mining rigs. In response to this issue, Jihan shared that Bitmain’s second initiative would be to launch repair centers worldwide to help cut down the turnaround time for repairs to just three days by the end of 2019.

For its third initiative, Bitmain will also boost its Ant Training Academy (ATA) program on troubleshooting easy-to-fix issues. Mining farm operators can send their technicians to be trained at the ATA where they will graduate with a certificate, which qualifies them to provide services.

Launch of the new Antminer S17+ and T17+

Finally, to keep up with the industry’s changing demands, Jihan shared that Bitmain will launch two new types of mining rigs – the Antminer S17+ and T17+. He also noted that Bitmain’s research and development team had made solid improvements in the design of future mining hardware models. 

2. Matrixport’s CEO, John Ge, shared the company’s vision and mission

John Ge, CEO of Matrixport

Another session that drew in crowds was the talk by John Ge, the CEO of Matrixport.

He shared that Matrixport’s vision was to be a one-stop-shop, which will offer custody, trading, lending, and payment services. With its close ties to Bitmain, John also pointed out that Matrixport would give miners an accessible opportunity to enhance their crypto portfolio.

In many ways, he mentioned that Matrixport would be similar to an online bank,where account holders can customize services according to their needs and delegate tasks to a broker to service it.

With trading engines that connect to most exchanges and also to OTC (over the counter) providers, Matrixport would also be best placed to choose the most ideal marketplace for each user’s needs, offering discounts and a tailor-made algorithm to secure a better price and high liquidity. The company will also make it possible to access capital without missing investment opportunities by acting as a lender to the market.

3. Industry leaders discuss the impact of the bitcoin block reward halving

Panel Discussion 1: Impact of the bitcoin block reward halving

The 2020 bitcoin block reward halving event was one topic that was top of mind at WDMS. To discuss the implications for the mining community, industry leaders – including Jihan Wu; Matthew Roszak, Co-Founder and Chairman of Bloq; Marco Streng, CEO of Genesis Mining; Saveli Kotz, Founder of GPU.one; and Thomas Heller, F2Pool Global Business Director – came together to share their insights.

On the previous two halving rounds, the overall sentiment from the panel was positive. However, Jihan also pointed out that there is really no way to know whether the halving triggered the price surge during both events. “We just don’t know, there is no scientific data to support any theory. Crypto itself has a lot to do with psychology, some people thought the world would end when the price dropped dramatically in the past. In the long run, this is a rather small event in this industry. This industry is driven by adoption and that is a trend which is increasing,” he said.

When asked about strategies for miners around the halving, a key theme from the panel was that keeping up to date with innovations would be essential. Jihan shared that one of Bitmain’s strategies was to focus on power efficiency regardless of whether the price remained the same or not.

4. Panel discusses the traditional finance and crypto finance ecosystem

Panel Discussion 2: Traditional finance and crypto finance ecosystem

The WDMS also covered developments in the crypto finance ecosystem. Interestingly the experts dedicated to this panel all came from traditional finance backgrounds before entering the crypto sector. This included: Cynthia Wu, Matrixport Cactus Custody (Chair); Tom Lee, Head of Research, Fundstrat Global Advisor; Joseph Seibert, Managing Group Director, SVP of Digital Asset Banking at Signature Bank; Rachel Lin, Matrixport Head of Lending and Payment; and Daniel Yan, Matrixport Head of Trading.

On mainstream adoption, Rachel said that in time, authorities will have to catch up, as examples like Libra show. Adoption from the traditional finance sector ranges in many ways. Daniel shared about interested hedge funds, which eventually shied away from investing in cryptocurrencies because of regulatory insecurities and risks. Still, he believes this to be a gradual development and is convinced that it is good to go slow to give traditional players a chance to adapt to the changing environment. 

When asked for a product that miners and the industry are in dire need of answers from the panelists ranged from better user interface and better interoperability, second-layer solutions over securitisation of assets and stable managing products to any product that is developed with client feedback to make sure that it will be a sustainable solution for the entire market that people will really use.

5. The top ten mining farms announced

WDMS: Winners of the Top 10 Mining Farms

To provide a platform for mining farm owners to share and exchange insights, Bitmain launched the search for the “Top 10 Mining Farms Around the World”. The contest was an invitation to those in the global mining industry to vote for the most innovative operations out there.

The top 10 mining farms were chosen based on what miners preferred the qualities a perfect mining farm must possess. Important qualities include but are not limited to the mining farm history, the condition of the mining farm, operation and management of the mining farm.

Winners from the top ten mining farms: Etix, Coinsoon, MineBest, GPU.One, Enegix, Bitriver, Block One Technology, CryptoStar Corp, DMG, and RRMine.

In order to further develop providing the industry with new opportunities and partnerships, preparation of the next World Digital Mining Summit will soon begin. The next summit will invite new and old attendees from the blockchain and mining sector to again be part of the world’s largest dedicated mining conference. 

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Bitmain fulfils commitment to Rockdale, Texas, with launch of cryptocurrency mining farm to construct 50MW facility

The facility was announced alongside the Rockdale Municipal Development District and DMG can expand to a capacity of more than 300MW.

21 October, 2019, TEXAS – Bitmain, the industry-leading fabless manufacturer of computing chips, has launched its 50MW mining farm in Rockdale, Texas, as announced today alongside the Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) and DMG. 

“We are excited to launch this facility, which is significant to Bitmain’s global expansion plans. The stable and efficient energy resources in Texas are fundamental to the inevitable scale of growth for the cryptocurrency mining industry,” said Clinton Brown, Rockdale Lead Project Manager for Bitmain.

Rockdale, Texas, Opening Ceremony

Construction of the initial 25MW of the mining farm, on a 33,000 acre site owned by Aluminum Company of America, Alcoa, began in 2018 as part of the company’s ongoing plans to build the world’s largest cryptocurrency mine. 

Bitmain will continue to construct the 50MW facility, which can expand to a capacity of more than 300MW, making it the largest bitcoin mining facility in the world.

Rockdale, Texas, Mining Facility

“Bitmain will be the future for developing new industry projects in Rockdale, Texas. We are excited to continue to build partnerships together,” said John King, Rockdale Mayor.

The cryptocurrency mining farm in Texas, completed using a newly developed design patent, is the third cryptocurrency mine project invested in by Bitmain in the US, one of the company’s most strategic overseas locations. 

“This mining facility marks a major milestone in the development of the mining farm industry. We are proud to partner with Bitmain, the leading innovator in this sector”, said Sheldon Bennett, COO of DMG, which will manage and operate the mining facility in Rockdale.

DMG will provide hosting and management services for the Texas facility. Bitmain and DMG will work together to expand the capacity and to ensure efficient operations of Bitmain’s mining hardware. 

Both parties will work with the local workforce commission, the Rockdale MDD, on the project development and to grow its on-ground team at the Rockdale mining facility. The will look to local suppliers in the town as preferred vendors to support the ongoing construction of the data centre. 

To power the project, Bitmain is purchasing energy directly from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the electric grid in Rockdale, Texas.

Bitmain has plans to work with the local school district to provide education and training on blockchain technology and mining data centre operations. In doing so, it hopes to contribute to the future growth of the surrounding communities.

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Bitmain announces two new Antminer 17 series miners at World Digital Mining Summit

FRANKFURT, 9 October, 2019 – Jihan Wu, Co-founder of Bitmain, announced two cryptocurrency mining models – S17+ and T17+ – from the Antminer 17 series at the World Digital Mining Summit (WDMS) in Frankfurt today.

Both new miners will come with improvements to power efficiency and hashrate. The Antminer S17+ has a hash rate of 73 TH/s and operates with a power efficiency of 40 J/TH + 10%, while the T17+ offers a hash rate of 64 TH/s and a power efficiency of 50 J/TH + 10%. 

“Our new Antminers are at the forefront of mining innovation. They each represent the future of its rig design and power efficiency. We remain committed to our research and development capabilities and will continue to improve our devices,” said Mr. Wu at the WDMS. 

Antminer S17+ and Antminer T17+

By using dual tube heat dissipation technology, the miners have been designed so that the space between the air inlet to the air outlet has been reduced by 50%, improving heat dissipation effectively as well as reducing fan noise. Besides, a high temperature and fan abnormal protection mechanism has been built in to ensure the stable and safe operation of the miners.

Both Antminer S17+ and T17+ use the industry leading Exposed Die package solution and an optimized  all-in-one design, making the models easily to be implemented and can adapt to mining farms of different sizes.

The Antminer S17+ and T17+ will be available for sale on Bitmain’s official website according to the following timing:

Selling Time: 11 October 2019, 19:00 GMT+8 

Delivery Time: 01- 10 December 2019 

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Bitmain to launch new model in Antminer series at World Digital Mining Summit

SINGAPORE, October 5, 2019 – Bitmain will unveil the newest and highly anticipated miners in the Antminer series at the World Digital Mining Summit (WDMS),  one of the largest digital mining events of the year organized by Bitmain and Matrixport on 8-10 October.

“It’s Bitmain’s commitment to support and contribute to the whole digital mining ecosystem and we want to bring distinguish leaders together to figure out the best and smartest way forward for the digital mining sector. WDMS will be a unique gateway for people to gain industry insights, knowledge and high-class networking,” said Bill Zhu, Managing Director of Marketing, Sales & Service of Bitmain.

During the conference, at the Frankfurt Congress Center in Frankfurt, Germany, Bitmain will release details on the soon to be announced Antminer, which comes with improvements to power efficiency and hash rate.

Apart from that, Bitmain’s Co-founder Jihan Wu will give a keynote speech and participate in a panel discussion on the impact of BTC block reward halving on mining, which is considered to be a significant milestone for the bitcoin mining sector.

The WDMS 2019 will focus on the digital mining ecosystem and topics that would impact the sector, such as crypto financing. Over 30 global leaders from around the world will gather at WDMS to discuss the latest industry insights.

Attendees will also get insights from Bitmain’s global digital mining farm report analysis, and gain guidance on mining hardware repair from professional Antminer engineers.

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Bitmain to launch the World Digital Mining Map this October

SINGAPORE, 27 September 2019 – During the World Digital Mining Summit (WDMS) – which will take place in Frankfurt on 8-10 October – Bitmain will launch the first platform to connect mining hardware owners with mining farm owners via the World Digital Mining Map (WDMM).

To remain price-efficient, owners of mining hardware are regularly on the lookout for locations with the right conditions and power resources for cryptocurrency mining. The WDMM will be the first global resource to connect them with mining farms who have the available power resources to host them for a fee.

“The WDMM will help make cryptocurrency mining more sustainable in the long-run by connecting mining farms and hardware owners in a whole new way. It is part of our commitment to provide miners with on-going support throughout their hardware’s lifetime and to support the sector’s overall growth,” said Matthew Wang, Director of Mining Farm of Bitmain.

Mining farm owners can apply to be listed on the WDMM during the WDMS. Applicants will need to provide details on their current mining farm setup and capacity to host other miners. In return, participants will be given personalised services from Bitmain which includes assistance with mining farm design, connections to foreign customers to host, and support with operations, purchasing, and construction.

“Being listed on the WDMM helped me to find miners who want to host their rigs in my facility. Bitmain was able to connect me with the right customers to fill in the extra capacity I had. This is the support I needed to help me expand my facility at a faster pace,” said Gregory Ohanessian, Chief Mining Officer of VC Mining.

“Bitmain is our key partner. About 85% of the equipment in operation on our site is from Bitmain. In practice, we checked the reliability of this equipment, ease of operation, and highest efficiency. Bitmain not only sells equipment but also helps us operate and maintain the equipment in the most efficient way, it helps us to further the output and reduce the down time of our customers’ miners,” added Dmitrii Ushakov, Chief Commercial Officer of Bitriver.

During the WDMS, Bitmain will also announce the winners of the Top 10 Mining Farms around the world.  The summit will provide a workshop focused on mining farm data analysis, as well as discussions on the future of mining facilities. There will be opportunities for miners and mining farm owners to exchange ideas and explore partnership opportunities. Voting for the Top 10 Mining Farms is still open and individuals can cast a vote here.

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First accredited ATA course completed. Improvements in Bitmain’s after-sales services will be highlighted at WDMS 2019

On the 17th of August, the Ant Training Academy (ATA)’s first ever Level 2 Maintenance Training course,with a cohort of fifteen students, successfully came to a close.

The Academy, developed by Bitmain, will continue to launch new courses and certifications to provide professional development opportunities across the industry, and to set a new global standard for cryptocurrency miner maintenance.

Raising the standard of after-sales service by nurturing maintenance professional development

Ant Training Academy

“The course and materials are very professional and practical, which cover the main models on the market. From the two weeks of course, I have gained a deeper understanding of power supply maintenance and circuit analysis,” remarked one of the successful students, who now holds a Level 2 Certificate of Accomplishment.

The course has been designed to focus on the maintenance of mining machines, teach basic skills of power supply reparations and welding, and to enhance the capacity and drive of enrolled students.

“It is Bitmain’s mission to continuously nurture professional maintenance personnel to the industry and build ATA course certificates to be a global standard for cryptocurrency miner maintenance,” said Andy Niu, Bitmain’s Customer Service Manager.

The course will continue to run for the rest of the year, with an additional classroom being opened up to increase admissions and reduce waiting times for enrolled students. It now opens intake for the Level 1 Maintenance Training session running from 11-23 November 2019 and two Level 2 Maintenance Training sessions running from 23 October – 5 November and 27 November – 10 December 2019.

Bitmain will reveal details on its new after-sales service strategy at the World Digital Mining Summit (WDMS) this October

At this year’s WDMS, in Frankfurt, Germany,  from 8th – 10th October, Bitmain will map out the entire after-sales service ecosystem, outlining the industrial supply management chain, through to the consultation, technical support, product support and maintenance services that are available to customers.

Bitmain will also outline the strategy, new initiatives from the after-sales services team and address some of the concerns currently facing the industry.

Apart from that, the two-day summit features industry investment and innovation for the mining sector. Major thought leaders include Jihan Wu (Bitmain Co-Founder), Micree Zhan (Bitmain Co-Founder & Chairman), John Ge (Matrixport CEO) and Marco Streng (Genesis Mining CEO), as well as top brands will present at this year’s summit. 

Participants of the WDMS can also expect panel discussions on Bitcoin Block Reward Halving and Traditional Finance and Crypto Finance Ecosystem, and networking dinners and opportunities of growing their network and business.

For further information and tickets to the WDMS, please visit: https://miningconf.org/

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Bitmain to reveal world’s first Big Data Analysis Report of Global Mining Farms during World Digital Mining Summit this October

SINGAPORE, 11 September 2019 – Bitmain – the world’s top 10 fabless chipmaker – is set to release the world’s first Big Data Analysis Report of Global Mining Farms during the World Digital Mining Summit (WDMS) on 8-10 October in Frankfurt.

The report will provide in-depth analysis and insights on the cryptocurrency mining industry – covering mining farms, to global electricity costs, site selection of mining farms and construction expenses – to help decision-makers have a more complete and comprehensive understanding of the market opportunities, risks and hurdles.

“Bitmain is proud to be leading research and development efforts in the cryptocurrency mining industry and this comprehensive big data analysis report is a successful outcome of it, thanks to our strength and experience accumulated in this industry,” said Matthew Wang, Director of Mining Farm of Bitmain.

The agenda for the two-day summit features industry investment and innovation for the mining sector. Jihan Wu (Bitmain Co-Founder), John Ge (Matrixport CEO), Marco Streng (Genesis Mining CEO), and more than 30 industry leaders will gather to share their knowledge and insights of the industry. 

Keynote speech topics include but are not limited to: Decentralized Digital Mining, Mining and Power Generation,Higher Efficiency of Mining Operations, New Trends in Digital Mining, Innovating in Mining – New Revenue Streams, Development of Miner Firmware, Modular Design, and Construction of Data Center.

Participants of the WDMS can also expect panel discussions on Bitcoin Block Reward Halving and Traditional Finance and Crypto Finance Ecosystem, as well as networking dinners and opportunities of growing their network and business.

The full event agenda, guest list and ticket details for attendees can be found here.

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Bitmain’s looking for the world’s top 10 mining farms. Could it be yours?

The digital mining sector is booming. Naturally, as the cryptocurrency sector grows, so has the development of mining farms.

To provide a platform for mining farms owners to share and exchange insights, Bitmain has launched the search for the “Top 10 Mining Farms Around the World”.

Sample Photo:Mining Farm

The contest is an invitation to those in the global mining industry to vote for the most innovative operations out there.

Winners will receive VIP tickets to the highly anticipated World Digital Mining Summit held in Frankfurt on 8-10 October 2019 and will be presented their winning titles at the event.

How to Participate and Register

1. Show us why your mining farm should win

To participate, please submit the following details about your mining farm for consideration

  1. Location
  2. Capacity(Example: 50 MW ready for use with a total load of 100 MW.)
  3. Mining farm condition(Example: There is a water cooling system, a heating system, etc.)
  4. Hosting price
  5. History running status(Example:There are 10,000 Antminer S9 in smooth operation at present)
  6. Available slots
  7. photos

2. Submit all required materials by email before 13 September

All submissions must be sent in full to be considered and shared to the official competition email: miningfarm@miningconf.org

Alternatively, you can also email the materials to an Antminer salesperson who you are familiar with.

3. Vote

Once we have received all the materials from mining farm owners, Bitmain will invite miners from around the world to vote.

Voting period: 16-20 September 2019

The campaign starts from the publication of this post – don’t miss out and register today!

We look forward to meeting you in Frankfurt this October!

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Bitmain expands in-demand Antminer 17 series with two new miners; reveals specifications and selling times

HONG KONG, 06 Sep 2019 –Bitmain, the world’s top 10 fabless chipmaker, has expanded its in-demand Antminer 17 series of miners with two new models – Antminer S17e and Antminer T17e, – and is announcing specifications as well as selling times ahead of the launch date on 09 September 2019.

The Antminer S17e and T17e models have been designed to offer the best value for money. The Antminer S17e has a hash rate of 64 TH/s and operates with a power efficiency of 45 J/TH, while the T17e offers a hash rate of 53 TH/s and power efficiency of 55 J/TH.

Antminer S17e

Significant improvements to power efficiency and hash rate have been achieved from Bitmain’s comprehensive strength accumulated over the years in the field and relentless technological innovation.

Both new models have been designed for more stable operations in the long-term to reduce maintenance costs for customers. This is made possible through the dual tube heat dissipation technology which improves how efficiently heat dissipates. The models are also equipped with a more secure software system to prevent malicious attacks.

Antminer S17e & Antminer T17e

Bitmain also introduces its compensation strategy for delivery delay. If mining machines are not shipped after a certain period of the specified delivery date, Bitmain will compensate customers by coupons for each day of delay, based on PPS rewards of the mining pool (electricity cost deducted).

The Antminer S17e and T17e will be released in three batches and will be available for sale on Bitmain’s official website according to the following timings:

1st Batch: 

Selling Time: 09 September 2019, 19:00 GMT+8

Delivery Time: 01- 10 November 2019

2nd Batch:

Selling Time: 10 September 2019, 19:00 GMT+8

Delivery Time: 11-20 November 2019

3rd Batch: 

Selling Time: 11 September 2019, 19:00 GMT+8

Delivery Time: 21-30 November 2019

For further sales inquiries, please contact Bitmain’s specified sales teams based on your region:

North, Central, South America

Contact: sales.ncsa@bitmain.com

Europe, the Middle East, and Africa & The Commonwealth of Independent States:

Contact: sales.emeacis@bitmain.com

Asia Pacific:Contact: sales.apac@bitmain.com

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