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June 04, 2015, 10:21:30 PM
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looking forward to testing it!!

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June 04, 2015, 10:23:28 PM
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Do you want a jerryrigged one to play with? If I have time tomorrow I might put a few more together, since I already have some mostly assembled that would need to be modified. The end result circuitry would be pretty much identical so efficiency and such would be unchanged.

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June 05, 2015, 12:19:54 AM
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Do you want a jerryrigged one to play with? If I have time tomorrow I might put a few more together, since I already have some mostly assembled that would need to be modified. The end result circuitry would be pretty much identical so efficiency and such would be unchanged.

maybe What software will run it?

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June 05, 2015, 12:25:16 AM
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Do you want a jerryrigged one to play with? If I have time tomorrow I might put a few more together, since I already have some mostly assembled that would need to be modified. The end result circuitry would be pretty much identical so efficiency and such would be unchanged.

maybe What software will run it?

It detects under the icarus driver as an Antminer U3.

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June 05, 2015, 12:53:51 AM
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Yeah, we're still ironing out the details on a driver (novak is busy with some other pretty sexy engineering these days and some cgminer code is labyrinthine) but it enumerates in stock cgminer 4.9 as a U3. Volt setting is irrelevant since that's hardware-implemented, but the frequency setting works and it works with a single chip without issue. Multiple chips we're still working out, and the miner init pulls extra power that wouldn't be a problem with a proper driver, but in general, it works. I've used stock 4.9 for all the single-chip testing so far.

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June 05, 2015, 01:26:14 AM
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Oh, Mr Sidehack, with your usb miner design, you're using the CP2102 yes? do you have esd/power spike protection on the data lines from the USB to the chip? (i think some smd capacitors from each data line to earth should do it i have to double check the data sheet)

just a thought, since I've has nothing but bad luck with things that run from CP2102s (hand full of usb block eruptors, a zues miner, my "new R-box's" all with fried Silabs chips)

I have had a lot of block eruptors in the hundreds very few failed. My 100gh r-boxes all worked well. 

Do you have power supply issues?
Do you overclock?
Did you fan cool the usb sticks?

floating ground to earthed ground (psu connected devices + laptop = esd off laptop to psu via whatever means) i'll PM you the full details if you want, im not going to hijack this thread about it.
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June 05, 2015, 03:31:58 AM
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0.32W/GH is damned impressive/amazing.

Fricking incredible.

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June 05, 2015, 04:00:40 AM
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Yeah, it's okay. Pretty great for a stick miner, and our full-scale miner boards would include the same adjustment range.

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June 05, 2015, 05:00:17 AM
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0.32W/GH is damned impressive/amazing.

Fricking incredible.

and thats off a chip that you see been quoted as 0.5~0.6W/GH elsewhere... don't hold me to them numbers though, not fact-check myself here
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June 05, 2015, 05:11:58 AM
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I trust the chart in the S5 thread first post (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=902305.0), which lets you know that the chip is pretty underutilized so far. If my calculations are correct (I need to wear glasses to really pull off that phrase) if the S4+ used BM1384 chips, you could run six strings (instead of 4) getting 4TH (instead of 2.5) off the same PSU. It should be possible to get close to 4TH out of an S2 upgrade kit if done right (by which I mean chip density and such, which is more expensive). The BM1384 is a darn good chip, but since it's better at top clock than anything else is at bottom clock they've felt no real need to increase density and take the W/GH lower. Now that some other outfits are putting out good numbers we might see the bottom end power range actually utilized, or we may see a new chip that's even better.

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June 05, 2015, 08:29:56 AM
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Good Job Sidehack!

Cant wait to start USB mining again for fun Smiley
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June 05, 2015, 09:38:33 AM
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they've felt no real need to increase density and take the W/GH lower

But what about global warming?.. How could you, Bitmain, ignore this?..  Undecided

I don't really care about it, but Bitmain, what about energy bills of your customers?

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June 05, 2015, 01:06:17 PM
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Do you want a jerryrigged one to play with? If I have time tomorrow I might put a few more together, since I already have some mostly assembled that would need to be modified. The end result circuitry would be pretty much identical so efficiency and such would be unchanged.

So, how much would one of these early prototypes cost? I might want to get one to play around with, maybe even help develop the software part.
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June 05, 2015, 01:14:19 PM
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If I send any out, I'll send them out to the first-wave testers to start playing with. When the redesigned PCBs come in and I can get an initial test on them, I'll send them out to first- and second-wave testers probably at the same time. Maybe after that I'll auction off some prototypes to help fund the project as a whole.

If you want to help with software, you're gonna have to talk to novak because that's his department. For this project I'm pretty much strictly hardware.

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June 05, 2015, 02:01:01 PM
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It detects under the icarus driver as an Antminer U3.
Might be worth setting up a USB PID under openmoko, pid.codes, or some other entity that's not entirely playing by the rules and giving out PIDs.  Makes it easier for various software to know what device it's dealing with and adjust options accordingly.

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June 05, 2015, 02:30:25 PM
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Great job sidehack and novak!  Grin

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June 05, 2015, 03:42:05 PM
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It detects under the icarus driver as an Antminer U3.
Might be worth setting up a USB PID under openmoko, pid.codes, or some other entity that's not entirely playing by the rules and giving out PIDs.  Makes it easier for various software to know what device it's dealing with and adjust options accordingly.

Not necessary to detect under cgminer.  Most hardware uses the same USB-UART chips, with factory default PID and VID.  Now, it probably is worth getting a driver together, especially for the larger boards with more options besides clock adjustment.

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June 05, 2015, 04:04:11 PM
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hack keep me informed on any of the usb miners i would love to test these things out and shoot some cash your way next time im in area pm me or let me know in here sir i loved visiting the site there and seeing the early progress to where you are at now

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June 05, 2015, 08:59:27 PM
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So it looks like the fix is consistent. I reseated chips on a couple failed previous stick assemblies, applied the fixes and they both work now. It's almost cheeseburger time (and other errands, mostly spending money on awesome stuff...) but tomorrow I'll be in and build some more sticks. We're running low on sample chips after all the prototype testing of various things, so I need to save the rest for the 18-board test setup which means I'll be scavenging chips off dead S5 boards for the sticks. Should be fun? And then I have to build heatsinks for them all, which means cutting and drilling and tapping.

But maybe tomorrow end of the day I'll have a hub full of sticks all blasting away I can post a picture of. Be pretty sexy.

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June 05, 2015, 09:21:21 PM
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nice..

i been following this thread. hopefully by the time you get some for sale i can get a couple.
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