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  • Mine Cryptocurrencies Sooner Part 3 March 19, 2019 by Raymond Nijssen

    New, post-Bitcoin cryptocurrencies have been developed with ASIC resistance to level the competitive playing field for cryptocurrency miners, as discussed in parts 1 and 2 of this blog. ASIC resistance was developed to counteract monopolization of cryptocurrencies by the few entities that can afford to build ASIC solutions, as has happened with Bitcoin. However, ASIC resistance does not ensure the necessary scarcity of a cryptocurrency. Consequently, developers of cryptocurrency algorithms have devised an additional method to fundamentally ensure scarcity. It’s called memory hardness, which can be combined with ASIC resistance. The most prominent and promising examples of these new cryptocurrencies are Monero/XMR and Ethereum/ETH. These …

    Mine Cryptocurrencies Sooner Part 2 March 12, 2019 by Raymond Nijssen

    Bitcoin has lost much of its allure due to the concentration of control of the world’s Bitcoin mining resources by a few players in a few locations, as discussed in Part 1 of this blog. In response, the larger, global cryptocurrency community has started to develop alternative cryptocurrencies based on lessons learned from the Bitcoin experience. New cryptocurrencies such as Monero introduce ASIC-resistance and memory-hardness to prevent ASICs from being built that give some operators a competitive mining advantage over others who do not have access to the same technology. These new cryptocurrencies, therefore, offer a more level playing field to cryptocurrency miners and, at …

    Mine Cryptocurrencies Sooner Part 1 March 5, 2019 by Raymond Nijssen

    Cryptocurrency mining is the process of computing a new cryptocurrency unit based on all the previously found ones. The concept of cryptocurrency is nearly universally recognized by the publicity of the original cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies were supposed to be a broadly democratic currency vehicle not controlled by any one entity, such as banks, governments, or small groups of companies. Much of a cryptocurrency’s acceptance and trustworthiness is based on that proposition. However, with Bitcoin, that is not how it unfolded. Instead, Bitcoin quickly became virtually monopolized by a small number of entities located in an even smaller number of geographies. This outcome is the result …

    How to Meet Self-Driving Automotive Design Goals Part 2 February 26, 2019 by Manoj Roge

    Today, the advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) processor market is growing by more than 25% per year. This growth is driven by the migration of ADAS features – including automatic emergency braking, lane-changing assist, and adaptive cruise-control functions – from luxury vehicles to midrange and even entry-level vehicles. ADAS features will be almost universal by the middle of the next decade. In 2018, several manufacturers offered vehicles with self-driving platforms that delivered better-than-level-2 autonomy including GM’s Super Cruise, Mercedes-Benz’s Distronic Plus, Nissan’s ProPilot Assist, and Tesla’s Autopilot. As mentioned in part 1 of this blog post, Achronix anticipates that the favored self-driving architecture of the future will …

    How to Meet Self-Driving Automotive Design Goals Part 1 February 19, 2019 by Manoj Roge

    Achronix anticipates that the favored self-driving architecture of the future will be increasingly decentralized. However, both the centralized and decentralized architectural design approaches will require hardware acceleration in the form of far more lookaside coprocessing than is currently realized. Whether centralized or decentralized, the anticipated computing architectures for automated and autonomous driving systems will clearly be heterogeneous and require a mix of processing resources used for tasks ranging in complexity from local-area-network control, translation, and bridging to parallel object recognition based on deep-learning algorithms running on neural networks. As a result, the current level of more than 100 CPUs found in luxury piloted vehicles could …