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January 16, 2018, 02:12:20 AM
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Forgive me if this was already stated, but will these be standalone units or will they need a controller like a Raspberry Pi? Doesn't change my opinion just don't remember specifically reading it.

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January 16, 2018, 02:28:04 AM
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Forgive me if this was already stated, but will these be standalone units or will they need a controller like a Raspberry Pi? Doesn't change my opinion just don't remember specifically reading it.

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It was stated earlier that they will need a controller just like the 2Pac.

I believe you will have the option of windows or Pi.
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January 16, 2018, 12:24:10 PM
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Yeah, that is what I was thinking.  I might consider one, just to support development of the next thing, but I can't see why anyone would want more than one.  If it is going to be in the red, there is really no point in plugging it in.  It is just the equivalent of turning on the air conditioning in the summer, and then opening the windows. 

Thats a shame frankly because it sounds pretty amazing.  Difficulty is just too high for casual miners.

$100 seems a bit steep to me.  Any word on how long to just break even as far as RoI?

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150MHz (66GH) 660mV/node 2.64V total; 12V 2.0A for 24.0W/0.36J/GH

Plugging that into a calculator (I used https://www.coinwarz.com/calculators/bitcoin-mining-calculator) at standard US electric rates gives a net profit of about $24 per year - at current difficulty (which goes up every 2 weeks)

So, unless you have a cheaper source of electricity, they aren't likely to be very profitable if they sell at $100. I'm Ok with that as I'm setting up a solo mine and I'm impressed by sidehack's work, so I'm willing to support him. But at current bitcoin price and difficulty, it will be difficulty to justify a $100 miner unless you have free electricity.


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January 16, 2018, 07:16:56 PM
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It is just the equivalent of turning on the air conditioning in the summer, and then opening the windows.

I tend to agree, but been making 3x more mining altcoins vs BTC alone. Now, it is like AC in the summer with the window half open. Wink For me, quiet operation is important. So, if we can get 1 TH/s (or close to) using home fan cooling, that works for me.

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January 16, 2018, 07:48:22 PM
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I currently have one self-sufficient miner operating.

That means I've got a Pi (Minera with cgminer-vthoang compiled) powered off the Terminus aux USB jack, running cgminer for the Terminus itself. Only running 200MHz for 88GH, drawing 12V 3.6A so right around 0.5J/GH including the power to drive the Pi. I could turn down the voltage if I wanted, but eh.

If it keeps running well, that should be pretty much everything I need to know. I've already got an updated PCB layout and I'll be ordering a bunch of those later today.

And will probably make some with the existing layout and the jumper hack just a little bit so's we can get these in a few hands. VH will get one pretty much immediately so he can improve software support, specifically handling trip recovery.

Once we get to doling out full kits, I'll see about having an optional Pi with Minera and custom cgminer already installed.

And with that, BM1384 product development is pretty much officially closed. The next miner will use better and faster chips for, hopefully, a much more reasonable price efficiency.

And don't tell anyone I said so, but I'm going to look into compressing some of the onboard features to a future stickminer - trip recovery should greatly reduce "zombie" states, and if we can figure out communication maybe an onboard temp sensor will give readouts in cgminer?

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January 16, 2018, 08:00:04 PM
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I currently have one self-sufficient miner operating.

That means I've got a Pi (Minera with cgminer-vthoang compiled) powered off the Terminus aux USB jack, running cgminer for the Terminus itself. Only running 200MHz for 88GH, drawing 12V 3.6A so right around 0.5J/GH including the power to drive the Pi. I could turn down the voltage if I wanted, but eh.

If it keeps running well, that should be pretty much everything I need to know. I've already got an updated PCB layout and I'll be ordering a bunch of those later today.

And will probably make some with the existing layout and the jumper hack just a little bit so's we can get these in a few hands. VH will get one pretty much immediately so he can improve software support, specifically handling trip recovery.

Once we get to doling out full kits, I'll see about having an optional Pi with Minera and custom cgminer already installed.

And with that, BM1384 product development is pretty much officially closed. The next miner will use better and faster chips for, hopefully, a much more reasonable price efficiency.

And don't tell anyone I said so, but I'm going to look into compressing some of the onboard features to a future stickminer - trip recovery should greatly reduce "zombie" states, and if we can figure out communication maybe an onboard temp sensor will give readouts in cgminer?

Awesome news!!

Nice work Sidehack.  Looking forward to supporting this project!
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January 16, 2018, 08:01:53 PM
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Yes, this is a fun little toy.

RIP to the BM1384 product development - onto newer chips!
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January 16, 2018, 08:02:35 PM
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Great work, I want the next version with the New chips when you make them.  Thanks.
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January 16, 2018, 10:20:20 PM
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http://kano.is/worker.php?a=1BURGERAXHH6Yi6LRybRJK7ybEm5m5HwTr_TerminusPI

250MHz, 110GH, 4.5 amps (54 watts DC). Hopefully it stays up for a while.


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January 16, 2018, 10:22:44 PM
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That's great!!   Progress is being made in the Sidehack shop Smiley
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January 17, 2018, 06:30:47 AM
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Looks Awesome! Been saving a port in my Raspberry pi for this bad boy. You rock sidehack!
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January 17, 2018, 06:59:31 AM
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Great news! That's awesome!!!
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January 17, 2018, 07:22:04 AM
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January 17, 2018, 10:07:13 AM
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I'm down for 2-3 of these around $100-$110 when they're ready. Maybe 4 so I can gift one to a newbie and help spread interest in the cause.

I'm totally a newbie! Never mineded before ever... just ignore my username....

Ha. Just kidding. That's awesome you are willing to donate to friends and show them how it works. Mining is great for converting people, that's how I got my wife interested in crypto. Kudos to you!

Miner wife?  You're a lucky man!

No kidding! I was gonna say the same thing.
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January 17, 2018, 10:14:13 AM
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And with that, BM1384 product development is pretty much officially closed. The next miner will use better and faster chips for, hopefully, a much more reasonable price efficiency.

And don't tell anyone I said so, but I'm going to look into compressing some of the onboard features to a future stickminer - trip recovery should greatly reduce "zombie" states, and if we can figure out communication maybe an onboard temp sensor will give readouts in cgminer?

This is exciting news. Congrats! I’m anxious to play. Just bought a small KVM switch for my few Raspberry Pi toys in anticipation of this one joining my family of two already. Fun times.
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January 17, 2018, 07:19:50 PM
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http://kano.is/worker.php?a=1BURGERAXHH6Yi6LRybRJK7ybEm5m5HwTr_TerminusPI

250MHz, 110GH, 4.5 amps (54 watts DC). Hopefully it stays up for a while.

This is GREAT news that I have long been waiting to hear! Count me in for at least one unit when ready please. Very nice !!!


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January 18, 2018, 10:21:42 PM
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Any chance we can get physical dimensions for those of us who want to 3D print cases for these?  Thanks.

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January 19, 2018, 06:20:07 AM
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Nice, i did not realize that it uses two fans (80mm, right?).
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January 19, 2018, 01:31:00 PM
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Oh no, it's much smaller than that. Fans are about 50mm. The whole thing is 100mm square. One of these days I'll post a quick sketch of dimensions with corner screw sizes and locations, height with fans, jack positions and the like.

Right now my little guy keeps dropping out, but it's because my Pi locks up. Not sure exactly why and there's a lot of info on here how to prevent that. It's not exactly a new unit and my SD card might be lousy. Gonna talk to Phil about a good reliable setup, he's pretty good at Pi stuff. If we (and the Minera guy) can figure out something decent I'll try and make a Pi controller a kit option.

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January 19, 2018, 01:55:04 PM
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I have always had issues with PI's doing this. Let us know if you get a fix.

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