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August 20, 2013, 02:43:22 AM
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https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=266235.0

There is a Bitfury chip based Australian project in the group buy section you may not have read about because is a slightly unusual spot for a new hardware thread. See the above link.

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Introducing the DrillBit System

An affordable and expandable bitcoin mining system.

The DrillBit system is the most versatile Bitcoin mining system available. It will expand to suit your needs. You can start up with a small mining rig, similar to many entry level rigs on the market, or you can start bigger. As you decide to expand your hashing capabilities, the DrillBit system will expand to suit your requirements, easily and simply.

The basic module of the DrillBit system is a single DrillBit board; an 8 BITFURY ASIC card. With the basic hashrate of approximately 21.6 GH per card (based on BITFURY's published spec of 2.7Gh/s per ASIC), the board plugs into a standard USB socket. The power can be supplied by a normal ATX power supply. If you are only running a single board, it may also be powered from a spare disc drive connector, allowing you to install it out of sight, inside your computer, should you wish to. You can be hashing all the time, with no extra boxes to stash, no cords to trip over and accidentally unplug.

The ASIC board has 3 ports built in. The top port on the first board takes a data distribution board - like the FPGA board in the Avalon miner, only much, much simpler. It comes included with the initial purchase of a DrillBit board so you are ready to start mining as soon as you get it, nothing more required. But when you want to add more hashing power, this is where the DrillBit system really shows its advantages over other systems. If you want to double your hashrate to 43.2GH, just get another ASIC card and plug it into the bottom port of the first card. Its that simple. No big strings of USB hubs, no messy cables or setup changes. The data distribution card automatically registers the extra ASIC card and operates accordingly. Up to 4 cards can be stacked in this way. Simple, convenient, efficient. Just add more processing power when you want to. You can then be running at 86.4GH quite easily, expanded up from your initial investment of 21.6GH. Nothing to resell, nothing going unused.

If you wish to expand beyond 4 DrillBit boards to achieve even higher hashrates, the DrillBit system can accomodate this also with the backplane system. The backplane is a large distribution board that the ASIC cards plug into individually. So if you want to run much higher hashrates, you can get a backplane and fill it with ASIC cards as you decide to buy them.. The same principle applies. Simple and efficient. You just plug in extra cards, and the system configures to the extra power. All versions of the system run conveniently from a standard ATX power supply, so it is easy to operate. You could also just run a number of card stacks from a USB hub, in much the same way as other systems offer, if you so desire. Or you could run multiple backplane systems from the same setup. With 16 cards in a backplane, you will have up to 345.6GH/s of hashing power.

Thats more than any other single miner on the market at this time. But the beauty of the DrillBit system is that you don't have to outlay all that cash immediately. You can get started on a smaller system of whatever size you like, and build as you are ready.

** A note on the hashing power of BITFURY chips. The chips have been demonstrated to have performance up to 2.7 Gh/s. This is what you can get if you overclock and run them at very high temperatures. The sweetspot for efficiency of W/Gh is more somewhere around 2 GH/s. We will have more info on this once we get more testing done.

The Drillbit board is designed with overclocking capabilities built in, so you will have control over how hard you run the chips. We will provide specs for recommended stable running rate, but in the end if you want to squeeze every last hash out it it, you will be able to so.

We will also be offering a thumbdrive version of the Drillbit System comprised of 1 chip, giving you up to 2.7 Gh/s. These will be nice and cheap. Pricing soon.
 
The DrillBit system is designed by Dan Stocks, an electronics phd with 30+ years in electronic design, highly experienced PCB designer, currently doing it as a full time job for a well known electronics manufacturing company.
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August 22, 2013, 12:43:15 AM
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https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=266235.0

There is a Bitfury chip based Australian project in the group buy section you may not have read about because is a slightly unusual spot for a new hardware thread. See the above link.

Here is a short summary.


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Introducing the DrillBit System

An affordable and expandable bitcoin mining system.

The DrillBit system is the most versatile Bitcoin mining system available. It will expand to suit your needs. You can start up with a small mining rig, similar to many entry level rigs on the market, or you can start bigger. As you decide to expand your hashing capabilities, the DrillBit system will expand to suit your requirements, easily and simply.

The basic module of the DrillBit system is a single DrillBit board; an 8 BITFURY ASIC card. With the basic hashrate of approximately 21.6 GH per card (based on BITFURY's published spec of 2.7Gh/s per ASIC), the board plugs into a standard USB socket. The power can be supplied by a normal ATX power supply. If you are only running a single board, it may also be powered from a spare disc drive connector, allowing you to install it out of sight, inside your computer, should you wish to. You can be hashing all the time, with no extra boxes to stash, no cords to trip over and accidentally unplug.

The ASIC board has 3 ports built in. The top port on the first board takes a data distribution board - like the FPGA board in the Avalon miner, only much, much simpler. It comes included with the initial purchase of a DrillBit board so you are ready to start mining as soon as you get it, nothing more required. But when you want to add more hashing power, this is where the DrillBit system really shows its advantages over other systems. If you want to double your hashrate to 43.2GH, just get another ASIC card and plug it into the bottom port of the first card. Its that simple. No big strings of USB hubs, no messy cables or setup changes. The data distribution card automatically registers the extra ASIC card and operates accordingly. Up to 4 cards can be stacked in this way. Simple, convenient, efficient. Just add more processing power when you want to. You can then be running at 86.4GH quite easily, expanded up from your initial investment of 21.6GH. Nothing to resell, nothing going unused.

If you wish to expand beyond 4 DrillBit boards to achieve even higher hashrates, the DrillBit system can accomodate this also with the backplane system. The backplane is a large distribution board that the ASIC cards plug into individually. So if you want to run much higher hashrates, you can get a backplane and fill it with ASIC cards as you decide to buy them.. The same principle applies. Simple and efficient. You just plug in extra cards, and the system configures to the extra power. All versions of the system run conveniently from a standard ATX power supply, so it is easy to operate. You could also just run a number of card stacks from a USB hub, in much the same way as other systems offer, if you so desire. Or you could run multiple backplane systems from the same setup. With 16 cards in a backplane, you will have up to 345.6GH/s of hashing power.

Thats more than any other single miner on the market at this time. But the beauty of the DrillBit system is that you don't have to outlay all that cash immediately. You can get started on a smaller system of whatever size you like, and build as you are ready.

** A note on the hashing power of BITFURY chips. The chips have been demonstrated to have performance up to 2.7 Gh/s. This is what you can get if you overclock and run them at very high temperatures. The sweetspot for efficiency of W/Gh is more somewhere around 2 GH/s. We will have more info on this once we get more testing done.

The Drillbit board is designed with overclocking capabilities built in, so you will have control over how hard you run the chips. We will provide specs for recommended stable running rate, but in the end if you want to squeeze every last hash out it it, you will be able to so.

We will also be offering a thumbdrive version of the Drillbit System comprised of 1 chip, giving you up to 2.7 Gh/s. These will be nice and cheap. Pricing soon.
 
The DrillBit system is designed by Dan Stocks, an electronics phd with 30+ years in electronic design, highly experienced PCB designer, currently doing it as a full time job for a well known electronics manufacturing company.

+1... I was looking for exactly this.. someone putting more than one bitfury ASIC on a PCB.. good find =D
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+1... I was looking for exactly this.. someone putting more than one bitfury ASIC on a PCB.. good find =D
Most of the people are ordering the 8 chip board, which should give you between 16GH/s with passive cooling, and 20GH/s overclocked with heatsink and fan.

The thread has a mixture of group buy and technical discussion.



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August 22, 2013, 01:47:25 AM
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Yes it is a funny spot to put the post.

I have been watching it keenly as I am close to ordering 2x 8 chip boards - the pricing is spot on affordable compared to buying another 2x 7950 cards in Aus at  least Smiley

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August 22, 2013, 04:14:05 AM
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August 22, 2013, 12:21:18 PM
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Well it is a group buy for chips, with the addition of mounting on a card ! So much the same as the avalon format. I think most people looking to invest find their way to the GB threads..   Wink

Anyway, despite me saying no more Group buys ! I have a good feeling on this, delivery should be end of October, just in time for my birthday so I took the leap and ordered one.  Grin

$300 is nothing I will lose sleep over, and I think this is the key. Keep Investments small and spread them about.

Also they are within driving distance of me so I can come in the night with a big stick..  Shocked

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August 22, 2013, 12:23:46 PM
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Drillbit is quote good design. interesting to go for it.  Smiley

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September 17, 2013, 06:36:00 PM
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A second group buy has just opened. Same link as the first one.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=266235.0
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September 29, 2013, 12:43:08 PM
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The blades for this don't connect externally by usb right? I haven't gotten that clear enough since the site I found for this had small pictures.

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September 29, 2013, 12:57:58 PM
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The blades for this don't connect externally by usb right? I haven't gotten that clear enough since the site I found for this had small pictures.
I hope that's not the case, it will be a disaster if you can't mine with a single blade.
The technical details seem to be shrouded in secrecy atm.

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September 29, 2013, 01:08:03 PM
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I look at it this way ... I want a blade system with a usb touch , so I don't have to worry about lunky power supplies out in the open. Europuters are quiet and seemingly efficiant but I need a crapload to meet what these bitfury blades are intended to do.

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I look at it this way ... I want a blade system with a usb touch , so I don't have to worry about lunky power supplies out in the open. Europuters are quiet and seemingly efficiant but I need a crapload to meet what these bitfury blades are intended to do.
Not a chance. USB can only handle one Bitfury chip, the blade has 8 chips, you would need the power of 8 USB ports to run it and that's only if you don't overclock. Then you need to fan cool as well.
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At least the blade holder does have pins for fans if need be. My eroupters seem to be doing well without one right now.

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As far as I can tell each board has a 4 pin molex,needs about 20+ watts per board & has a USB mini port.The backplane(holds 4 boards) has a 24 pin mobo PSU connector,but for connectivity,I'm not sure if you still need each board connected via a USB or if the backplane has a singleUSB port.....................& you don't have to use the backplane as per Megabigpower setup  Grin

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=266235.0

Pics & renderings are halfway down in first post.

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September 29, 2013, 08:17:48 PM
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Is the orange square supposed to be the USB? All I see on the backplane is what looks like a sata plug but I probably wouldn't do that unless there was a pass-through to the computer motherboard atx slot.

At least if they are only 20 watts a piece I could find a 250 nice watt power supply and hope the backplane has the right pin set to turn on when I turn on the supply.

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Is the orange square supposed to be the USB? All I see on the backplane is what looks like a sata plug but I probably wouldn't do that unless there was a pass-through to the computer motherboard atx slot.

At least if they are only 20 watts a piece I could find a 250 nice watt power supply and hope the backplane has the right pin set to turn on when I turn on the supply.

Yes,orange is USB,I'm trying to figure out what the purple connector is on the backplane..........USB,Ethercable,etc..........  Huh

Yeah,not sure how the power switch's on for the backplane either,auto maybe,as in always on...............  Huh

Also needing to know if we need the 5 volt from the 4pin molex...................  Huh

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September 29, 2013, 11:59:40 PM
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My assumption is the atx plug covers the need since it said.
   
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The power can be supplied by a normal ATX power supply. If you are only running a single board, it may also be powered from a spare disc drive connector, allowing you to install it out of sight, inside your computer, should you wish to. You can be hashing all the time, with no extra boxes to stash, no cords to trip over and accidentally unplug.

I don't see a usb connection on the backplane so my question from your question is do I use the plug from one of the cards to connect to the pc.

BTW I see the stick image on the right of the atx plug on the backplane so I'm hoping that's the power switch

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My assumption is the atx plug covers the need since it said.
   
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The power can be supplied by a normal ATX power supply. If you are only running a single board, it may also be powered from a spare disc drive connector, allowing you to install it out of sight, inside your computer, should you wish to. You can be hashing all the time, with no extra boxes to stash, no cords to trip over and accidentally unplug.

I don't see a usb connection on the backplane so my question from your question is do I use the plug from one of the cards to connect to the pc.

BTW I see the stick image on the right of the atx plug on the backplane so I'm hoping that's the power switch

Good eye,mcfly !!!!!!!!!!!!!! The purple thing does look like a switch,now that you mention it  Cheesy


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