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December 24, 2013, 05:34:03 AM
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The prices just don't add up though. I suppose the power savings would be nice for some people, but if 25MH of scrypt asic will cost at least $9000 USD, I can get that now for a little bit more.

They also have a deposit refund policy which would be illegal here, and probably in the UK.

"Cancellation & Refund Policy

Within 0-1 month after receipt of payment: Full deposit will be refunded.

Within 1-3 months after receipt of payment: 75% of the deposit will be refunded.

Within 3-5 months after receipt of payment: 50% of the deposit will be refunded.

Please note a cancellation fee of £70 towards handling charges will be applicable along with any cancellation."

So if they make you wait 9 months without shipping, they want to keep half your money? hahaha. Just another dirtbag company.

I can make 25 MH right now with ~50 R9-270x cards. In fact, I am on the way there. Power is under 200w per card, but I'd rather pay a power bill than let someone else hold onto my money for 6-9 months.
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December 24, 2013, 05:37:55 AM
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That's disappointing news!!!

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December 24, 2013, 05:58:17 AM
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https://alpha-t.net/news/development-update-23122013/

Announcements

Today is the release of our full pricing, shipping, terms and all the helpful information you would need to secure a pre-order, this can all be found in the 'Terms of Order' page. We will be taking a 30% deposit payment, and remainder 70% to be paid 8-10 weeks before shipment. Minimum chip specifications have been confirmed from our ASIC manufacturer using Global Foundries as our foundry. In regards to our devices, we have confirmed a lower power consumption than quoted previously and also a guarantee of minimum hash rate. this can all be found in the individual Product pages. Please read the Terms of Order page, and individual Products pages carefully.

To summarise some other things:

Viper-5mh/s which can hash at minimum 5 MH/s: £1350 (inc VAT) Deposit- £405 (inc VAT)

Viper-25mh/s which can hash at minimum 25 MH/s: £5450 (inc VAT) Deposit- £1635 (inc VAT)

ASIC Chip Specs

Process: 28nm/40nm HPP, 3.3v/1.8v

Internal Memory: >=128Mb SRAM

Gates: ~28M Gates

Clock Speed: > 600 Mhz Core Clock

Hashing Cores: >= 128

Chip Hash rate: > 350 Kh/s

Power Consumption: < 5w

Registration and Wishlist

Registration will be open on the 25th or 26th of December. We urge all customers to be prepared by providing shipping and billing information in the My Account section. Also showing interest by adding their desired products to the Wishlist, with stated quantity.

You can register here on the specified day: https://alpha-t.net/login-register/

New Office

We have moved to a bigger office in Manchester. Some more interior work is still to be done, but here is an image from the outside.  Details of our office can be found in the About Us page.

office

Launch and Next Updates

We expect to officially launch in a weeks time.  We will be first rolling out some images of our devices and various other product updates.

 

Alpha Technology team
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December 24, 2013, 06:09:13 AM
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https://alpha-t.net/news/development-update-23122013/

Announcements

Today is the release of our full pricing, shipping, terms and all the helpful information you would need to secure a pre-order, this can all be found in the 'Terms of Order' page. We will be taking a 30% deposit payment, and remainder 70% to be paid 8-10 weeks before shipment. Minimum chip specifications have been confirmed from our ASIC manufacturer using Global Foundries as our foundry. In regards to our devices, we have confirmed a lower power consumption than quoted previously and also a guarantee of minimum hash rate. this can all be found in the individual Product pages. Please read the Terms of Order page, and individual Products pages carefully.

To summarise some other things:

Viper-5mh/s which can hash at minimum 5 MH/s: £1350 (inc VAT) Deposit- £405 (inc VAT)

Viper-25mh/s which can hash at minimum 25 MH/s: £5450 (inc VAT) Deposit- £1635 (inc VAT)

ASIC Chip Specs

Process: 28nm/40nm HPP, 3.3v/1.8v

Internal Memory: >=128Mb SRAM

Gates: ~28M Gates

Clock Speed: > 600 Mhz Core Clock

Hashing Cores: >= 128

Chip Hash rate: > 350 Kh/s

Power Consumption: < 5w

Registration and Wishlist

Registration will be open on the 25th or 26th of December. We urge all customers to be prepared by providing shipping and billing information in the My Account section. Also showing interest by adding their desired products to the Wishlist, with stated quantity.

You can register here on the specified day: https://alpha-t.net/login-register/

New Office

We have moved to a bigger office in Manchester. Some more interior work is still to be done, but here is an image from the outside.  Details of our office can be found in the About Us page.

office

Launch and Next Updates

We expect to officially launch in a weeks time.  We will be first rolling out some images of our devices and various other product updates.

 

Alpha Technology team

Why give them money now?  Just setup 5 motherboards with 6 R9 290x in each.  NOW!!!
Each board can mine at 900 kh/s.  So 5 rigs can do 27 MH/s.  When they start shipping ASICs, sell your GPUs to gamers.

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December 24, 2013, 06:25:46 AM
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LOL Because running gpus to mine is expensive, 5 watts for 350kh is a hell of a saving
How many kh is 5mh?

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December 24, 2013, 06:50:54 AM
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How many kh is 5mh?

5000 KH/s = 5 MH/s
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December 24, 2013, 06:53:03 AM
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Yes the power savings would be nice, but this is 6-9 months out on a preorder. Who really wants to try that one again, let alone with a brand new company!
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December 24, 2013, 07:39:42 AM
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The 30 GPU option would cost $15K just for the GPUs and then sprinkle in all the power supplies, MOBO, cabling, yada, yada and yada. The single device option from Alpha would be about $6K and consume 600 watts.  If I'm wrong, please provide me with links to where I can get in to 5 MH/s or more capability at a similar price point to what Alpha is presenting.

If I'm not wrong, then this marks a stepping off point of the technology like when flat panle tv's replaced CRTs.  We should all be thrilled.

I'm more concerned with other options.  SAI says they'll have a 25 MH/s system for about $1200 USD but they look so far behind what Alphat-t has presented.  If SAI can deliver then it will be truly an amazing product.

Anyone know of other leading contenders in the development of scrypt ASIC?  tia

**edit: and I agree... the wait time is a big detractor but still very interesting in the scope of technology development.

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December 24, 2013, 07:46:11 AM
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OP needs to redo his math.

The long, uncertain wait is the problem. BFL anyone?
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The 30 GPU option would cost $15K just for the GPUs and then sprinkle in all the power supplies, MOBO, cabling, yada, yada and yada. The single device option from Alpha would be about $6K and consume 600 watts.  If I'm wrong, please provide me with links to where I can get in to 5 MH/s or more capability at a similar price point to what Alpha is presenting.

If I'm not wrong, then this marks a stepping off point of the technology like when flat panle tv's replaced CRTs.  We should all be thrilled.

I'm more concerned with other options.  SAI says they'll have a 25 MH/s system for about $1200 USD but they look so far behind what Alphat-t has presented.  If SAI can deliver then it will be truly an amazing product.

Anyone know of other leading contenders in the development of scrypt ASIC?  tia

**edit: and I agree... the wait time is a big detractor but still very interesting in the scope of technology development.
6-9 months is key. Your GPU rig would have paid for itself many times over by then.

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December 24, 2013, 07:48:51 AM
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They also have a deposit refund policy which would be illegal here, and probably in the UK.

"Cancellation & Refund Policy

Within 0-1 month after receipt of payment: Full deposit will be refunded.

Within 1-3 months after receipt of payment: 75% of the deposit will be refunded.

Within 3-5 months after receipt of payment: 50% of the deposit will be refunded.

Please note a cancellation fee of £70 towards handling charges will be applicable along with any cancellation."

So if they make you wait 9 months without shipping, they want to keep half your money? hahaha. Just another dirtbag company.

I can make 25 MH right now with ~50 R9-270x cards. In fact, I am on the way there. Power is under 200w per card, but I'd rather pay a power bill than let someone else hold onto my money for 6-9 months.

Wow..if these things are legit they wouldn't care less if someone cancelled, they could just sell the unit off to the next buyer. What a con.

Aside from all this, there will always be a market for new coins to mine for those with GPU's. Coin dev's will just modify their current coins to circumvent these devices and new coins will be design with resistance in mind. Interest in coins that don't comply will die.

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December 24, 2013, 07:59:57 AM
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Wow..if these things are legit they wouldn't care less if someone cancelled, they could just sell the unit off to the next buyer. What a con.

Aside from all this, there will always be a market for new coins to mine for those with GPU's. Coin dev's will just modify their current coins to circumvent these devices and new coins will be design with resistance in mind. Interest in coins that don't comply will die.

Not following the logic of, "... if these things are legit..."  and "What a con."  Why wouldn't they sell the unit to the next buyer if the previous buyer opted out of the proposed contract?

Now, your next point has my interest.  You make a very good point and it deserves more consideration.  What we're looking at is development of business and technology growth at an ideal time.  World economies are recovering.  Unemployment is going down.  What better time to develop?  Look at what is happening.  Just as you said, coin makers are dictating new hardware.  This is an incredible phenomenon if it can be sustained.   And as I've said earlier in some other threads, the coin is as valuable as it's use and so far the usability is growing.

Very interesting times


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December 24, 2013, 08:03:27 AM
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Their refund policy is illegal pretty much anywhere with basic consumer friendly laws, period.
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December 24, 2013, 08:06:43 AM
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Not following the logic of, "... if these things are legit..."  and "What a con."  Why wouldn't they sell the unit to the next buyer if the previous buyer opted out of the proposed contract?


Well, looking at their terms its obvious they are concerned about losing money on cancelled orders. Such concern shouldnt be warranted if they are selling something that actually physically exists as demand should be high surely? As a result, buyers would be queuing to pick up cancelled orders. The whole thing stinks, and under Australian law their terms are illegal which makes it very suspect.


Now, your next point has my interest.  You make a very good point and it deserves more consideration.  What we're looking at is development of business and technology growth at an ideal time.  World economies are recovering.  Unemployment is going down.  What better time to develop?  Look at what is happening.  Just as you said, coin makers are dictating new hardware.  This is an incredible phenomenon if it can be sustained.   And as I've said earlier in some other threads, the coin is as valuable as it's use and so far the usability is growing.

Very interesting times



The thing thats appealing about crypto-currency to the mainstream is its free from regulation and can be 'produced' and traded quite freely. Does anyone truly see the day when the majority of people who cant afford ASICS pack up their bat and ball and go home because the crypto-currency production domain has been taken over by the rich and big business? I dont think so. If I was a coin dev, I would already be working on a new crypto that is ASIC resistant & will only ever be able to be mined by the masses. In effect, such a coin would be 'future-proof' and now is a perfect time to release it.

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December 24, 2013, 08:17:26 AM
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Their refund policy is illegal pretty much anywhere with basic consumer friendly laws, period.

much proffesional  Roll Eyes

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I agree, Oldminer, their terms are quite stringent.  I think your concern about products may be valid but I also think they'll provide more proof of an actual physical product soon.  They've said they would post a video soon.  They also seem to have thought out how they would go forward with releasing the product.  It's hard to tell at this time with great certainty and that's indicative of poor management.  Then again, the terms do give the sense that they are trying to cover themselves financially by ensuring a certain number of buyers and maybe even raising some capital to cover costs.  

I try to look at many angles.  On this topic, I can't fully agree or disagree with anything at this time.

Seems like they are building the plane as they fly it.  Quite risky.

It's an interesting story.    

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Wow..if these things are legit they wouldn't care less if someone cancelled, they could just sell the unit off to the next buyer. What a con.

Aside from all this, there will always be a market for new coins to mine for those with GPU's. Coin dev's will just modify their current coins to circumvent these devices and new coins will be design with resistance in mind. Interest in coins that don't comply will die.

Not following the logic of, "... if these things are legit..."  and "What a con."  Why wouldn't they sell the unit to the next buyer if the previous buyer opted out of the proposed contract?

Now, your next point has my interest.  You make a very good point and it deserves more consideration.  What we're looking at is development of business and technology growth at an ideal time.  World economies are recovering.  Unemployment is going down.  What better time to develop?  Look at what is happening.  Just as you said, coin makers are dictating new hardware.  This is an incredible phenomenon if it can be sustained.   And as I've said earlier in some other threads, the coin is as valuable as it's use and so far the usability is growing.

Very interesting times

If they need help to pay for the development perhaps they should do a kickstarter campaign to help pay for costs...

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Why not to buy (invest in) LTC right now instead waiting such a long time for shipment ? How big will be the difficulty when you will get this device ?

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Those things are going to put my miners out of business

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building coins with supposed resistance is not the most efficient way to create long term hashing for the network

Blakecoin has the idea to try and use a fast and efficient algorithm for the hashing that uses a parallel structure and works well on CPU, GPU, FPGA this is a more balanced approach to the design  Cool

Why Blakecoin beats other coins in the long run:

The modified blake-256 algorithm hash rate is just under 3x faster on the GPU and just over 2x on the FPGA compared with Bitcoin
The reward for mining Blakecoin does Not decrease over time it only increases with block height and difficulty
No restriction on any platform as Blakecoin does not include artificial *Security* that slows down possible mining hash rate and reduces power efficiency
Already has planned use for Blakecoin as a currency storage between MMO systems with prototypes in development

Blakecoin is the fastest !

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I would have also thought that if the investment in very expensive Asic development was done for the modified Blake-256 algo you could be talking 2-3x faster than even the current best SHA-256D Asic it would most certainly use less silicon space thus the chips would be cheaper each and use less power, I think an investment in scrypt based Asic devices is very risky with new algorithms like Blake-256 on the scene  Roll Eyes

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