Squirrels Research Labs (SQRL), a provider of high-performance cryptocurrency mining hardware has announced a partnership with BittWare, a company offering high-performance computer boards, to develop a new and powerful piece of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) cryptocurrency mining hardware, the BittWare CVP-13.
The CVP-13 uses the largest Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA chip available from Xilinx Inc. “By utilizing the largest chip available from Xilinx, the VU13P, BittWare’s CVP-13 offers the most powerful cryptocurrency FPGA card in existence,” SQRL president David Stanfill said.
The CVP-13 provides the most processing power of any FPGA cryptocurrency mining card available—46 percent more logic, 31 percent more on-chip memory and a 66 percent larger power supply than other popular boards that use the Xilinx VU9P FPGA chip.
Unlike other FPGA mining hardware in the market, the CVP-13 uses a 300-ampere power supply, allowing users to maximize the potential of the VU13P FPGA chip on the board. Similar hardware in the market requires tuning that pulls more power than the hardware is rated for, causing efficiency losses.
The CVP-13’s factory-designed and installed Viper cooling options include liquid cooling to increase efficiency.
“The efficiency and power gains obtained with the CVP-13 allow for higher density deployments with less hosting overhead,” Stanfill explained. “For every three VU9P-based boards, you only need two CVP-13 units to achieve similar performance goals.”
In addition to cooler and more efficient performance, the increased amount of on-chip logic allows larger algorithms to fit that aren’t available on other hardware. These algorithms include X17r, X16r, and TimeTravel10.
CVP-13 cards can be chained together with QSFP28 and SlimSAS cables, enabling them to run larger algorithms like Equihash variants. The CVP-13 has quadruple the amount of bandwidth of competitive cards and includes four QSFP28 cages and two SlimSAS connectors for board-to-board communication. The CVP-13 includes the ability to run secure bitstreams developed and supported by AllMine Inc. and SQRL.
“BittWare has been producing high-end boards for three decades,” Stanfill continued. “They’re a well-known and respected brand in the FPGA industry and now have the strength of Molex for even stronger market agility to take on projects like this.”
BittWare CVP-13 FPGA boards are available for purchase now through SQRL with deliveries expected in November. Hosted CVP-13 hardware is also available through The Mineority Group.
“We’re very excited to continue bringing groundbreaking FPGA technology into this market,” Stanfill said.