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December 27, 2015, 07:40:46 PM
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This one is all a common ground plane. If I made it not a common ground plane, the chips would heatsink out of the board better but putting a common heatsink to it would be riskier - hence why Bitmain went with top-cooling the S5 and dozens of tiny backside heatsinks on the S7.

Though, to be fully correct, it's not actually entirely a single ground plane. There are still vias on the belly pad of each chip which tie into internal node-level ground planes, which could still short against a heatsink if it were not properly electrically insulated. Soldermask takes care of most of that, but if it gets nicked or a via wicks a solderball to the surface you could get smoke.

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December 29, 2015, 11:00:33 AM
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would the thermal pegs I once mentioned be useful in such situation?
eg, make one hole for the belly, solder the peg in, its only connected to the bellies power plane and the sink..
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December 29, 2015, 02:41:30 PM
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No, actually that would make things worse in pretty much every way (including cost).

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December 29, 2015, 06:51:07 PM
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The first picts look awesome, so glad to see this coming along.  My last U3 just died, so I am anxiously awaiting a replacement in the form of your pod.
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December 30, 2015, 02:35:09 AM
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So I got the pod hashing under its own power. There's still the problem of it only running about 80% expected speed, and I'm still having trouble with it not wanting to light up at higher voltage/hashrate but I'll keep on it. Looks like in addition to forgetting a divider on the reset line, there also needs to be a limiting resistor in the high FET bootstrap because at high switch rates (basically, CCM) it was dropping out the internal LDO on the '53 and the chip was turning itself off. So that's another component I might have to add, which will mean more manual pasting because I'm not buying another stencil for a 200-part board with 3 different components. First I'll probably test driving it off the board's main 5V rail, bypass the internal LDO entirely. Hopefully I can get it stable at 300MHz soon; it was stable at 200MHz but ran 300MHz off an external buck. Surely the internal buck, what with the lower output impedance and better ripple filtering, can eventually learn to outperform it.

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December 30, 2015, 02:50:42 AM
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cool that its under its own power keep up the good work and updates sidehack

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December 30, 2015, 03:04:19 AM
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Love the updates in this thread. Thanks for your hard work, really cool to follow along and read this.

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December 30, 2015, 05:07:19 AM
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I had a thought about the possible bigger (say 9mm or 10mm) chip and the heatsink mounting, how does a heat-spreader (mentioned back in the past, you didn't like it dew to extra cost) sound for that? i'm happy to pay an extra $15 (be about that price to mill up the copper) for 802mm by 5mm chunk of copper bolted on top of them chips, to mound a cpu sink on..

The way I see it, the price on that pod will change dramatically thanks to the possible cost of the chips and components, so this pod could be just $50 or $150, maybe more if you're unlucky (like me and price differences between us and au)

If not, its going to be an extra cost to do a custom heatsink, even though you have been mainly aiming at reusing heatsink hardware that is available these days (you looked into S1/2/3, Rockminer, New-Rockminer, U3, CPU sinks, etc)


As for the pegs, i was thinking of it for the backside heat-spreader that wes mentioned, since the pegs are at the same size as the body pans and made of copper, so heat will move though that better then vias and copper on the board, covered by solder mask.. but yes, $5 Each for them pegs are expensive.

Buy yes, that's my thoughts, I'd be interested on what you say..
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December 30, 2015, 05:35:50 AM
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The pegs would also provide just as much risk, if not more, of shorting into the heatsink as vias.

A custom heatsink might not be much cost if it's fairly simple and in sufficient bulk. Hopefully. And also it'd be easier to design for than a CPU cooler because there's far less variation. Laying out the pod as it is was super freakin' time-consuming because of so many constraints.

If the pod gets made at all, it'd probably be $50 to $75. If I can't make it for less than that, it probably won't get made - or it'll be made with a new better chip.

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December 30, 2015, 04:13:53 PM
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What's the potential ETA for this puppy?

 
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December 30, 2015, 04:36:25 PM
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Don't really have one. Unlikely absolute best case is about the middle of February to start building, but if I have access to a new chip I'll redesign and build that one instead.

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December 30, 2015, 04:51:22 PM
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Looks very promising Sidehack I'm sure the minor problems will be solved.
Missed out on getting some of the stick miners.
Any chance on making more sticks??
Also have you thought about building a USB hub into the pod allowing  users to plug in
Sticks  I would gladly pay up to 25 extra just to avoid the hassle of which hub to buy.
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December 30, 2015, 05:07:50 PM
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If I build a hub it won't be as part of a pod. Really doesn't make much sense, since the only doubled-up part would be the USB jack. I'd need to build a separate high-current 5V source and all the brains, and it'd be better off as a separate thing. So no, until just now I hadn't thought of building a USB hub into the pod and it took only a few seconds of thought to analyze and reject the idea. I've had in mind for months to build a good standalone stud hub so if anything I'll just keep on that project.

Regarding making more sticks, I could direct you to my most recent post on the stick sales thread.

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December 30, 2015, 05:15:16 PM
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there are plenty of hubs out there that do the job if your connecting to raspberry pi it sometimes can be a pain ... how is that 49 usb hub working hack the one that uses the computer powersupply working does it work with a Pi ?

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December 30, 2015, 06:20:12 PM
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Nice work! Thats a LOT of poly caps for just 8 chips. Are you having issues with transients? Figured a single poly cap our a couple ceramics between serial plains should be enough for that design.

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December 30, 2015, 06:27:20 PM
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Well, I like to overbuild things. Who in their right mind would put a 16A-rated buck on a USB stick? But y'all are having endless fun with it. I don't want to scrimp on node-level buffering so I have a good full-voltage output cap bank and good node-level caps as well. The per-node polys are 470uF Compac leftovers (which will probably be 470 or 680 pulls from S1 and such on the final) and a 100uF S5 pull tossed in for good measure. You gotta remember, I'm designing this to use scrounge parts so I have to play with what's available and keep costs down.

Good node-level current availability is essential for ASICs to initialize at low node voltages, since there's a bit of a spike when the chip first fires up which might not be available from idling chips higher up the line, and if you're running at 600mV per node you really don't have much room for sag. Part of that will be overcome by good node-level caps, and part by dynamic voltage control - we'll probably have the controller init the string at a higher node voltage and baseline frequency, then ramp down to user setpoint voltage as the frequency ramps up to user setpoint. This should ensure minimal excess power draw and reliable startup.

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December 31, 2015, 12:30:24 AM
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Missed out on getting some of the stick miners.

If can't find any and live in the US I know of two places online that sell them in the US


http://holybitcoin.com/  has some in stock

https://asicpuppy.com is out of stock but does sell them or did .

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December 31, 2015, 01:55:59 AM
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If can't find any and live in the US I know of two places online that sell them in the US


http://holybitcoin.com/  has some in stock

https://asicpuppy.com is out of stock but does sell them or did .
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Thank You for the leads holybitcoin does have some in stock,
I'll get 2 from him but will wait for another batch to get more or just buy more pods later on,
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December 31, 2015, 03:47:23 PM
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I have a dead S5 and if you want it I have the original box for shipping. Dead as in one blade all dead and the other essentially possessed and not working right. Let me know.
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December 31, 2015, 05:30:51 PM
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I have a last few handful of Batch 2 GekkoScience Compacs Last in Stock.

 Originally I thought they had problems as I could not get them working on BFGMiner 5.4.1 However I loaded Zadig / Custom CGMiner 4.9.2 And they are working fine tested overnight. Last units I will have for awhile.
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