Butterfly Labs ship Jalapeños ASIC Bitcoin miners to customers

butterfly-labsThe day has arrived,  the Butterfly Labs forum Latest Update reads “Jalapeños are making their way to their new homes. http://ow.ly/i/1WUo4″.

They have even provided us with a photo of a few of the ASIC bitcoin miners sitting on a trolley presumably waiting to be picked up and delivered to their new owners.

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Photo Provided by Butterfly Labs at http://ow.ly/i/1WUo4

While there is no mention yet of numbers that have been shipped or when the other Butterfly Labs devices like the BitForce Single or Little Single will be shipping this will be welcome news to bitcoin miners everywhere.

Butterfly Labs was the first of the bitcoin manufacturers to announce that they will be upgrading their existing range of FPGA devices to ASIC early last year and started taking pre-orders on June 23rd last year, nearly 10 months ago.  Since then they have had a series of technical and logistical problems in their quest to bringing ASIC devices to market.

Any sort of ASIC development is bound to be fraught with difficulty and there are still hurdles for Butterfly Labs to overcome before they get to full production of their entire line of devices.  It has to be noted that  so far two other ASIC contenders have already failed in their efforts (namely BTCFPGA and the short-lived Deepbit Reclaimer).

This also means that the bitcoin difficulty will be increasing at an even faster rate so while your new Jalapeño ASIC Bitcoin miner will currently earn you approximately 0.28 bitcoins a day ($35.55 USD) at the current 8,974,296 difficulty you should make the most of it because that difficulty is unlikely to last long.

Neil Fincham, the MineForeman has over 20 years experience in the computer industry and runs the MineForeman mining operation for the co-op members.He is also very dyslexic, so he appreciates anyone pointing out spelling errors.

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7 comments on “Butterfly Labs ship Jalapeños ASIC Bitcoin miners to customers
  1. eliashickman says:

    ‘Bout time. Can’t wait to get my Little Single.

  2. Not Cool, BFL says:

    This is so not fair – I paid for a Single SC – way more than the Jalapenos – and I have to wait longer for it and watch difficulty increase daily while the smallfry that bought Jalapenos are getting theirs? FU, BFL!

    • bflupdate says:

      This has been commented on loads of time in the forums. While they are pleasing the most customers by doing so, I’m not comforted by the thought ONE BIT.

  3. liquidcpu says:

    would it be best to run one of these in a pool or standalone?

  4. DBG says:

    I believed I have already talked on this site about how I believe many issues could have been avoided if BFL used shuttles to prototype the chips, so I won’t go into that, and honestly I am still a supporter of BFL and know that they will take what they have learned and apply it to any future generation of hardware. As far as Jalapeños go, my only order with them occurred on February 9th, so I don’t really expect to have any product in hand before Summer (which would be Winter time for those of you in the southern hemisphere =).

    Also I don’t know if anyone else has seen this, but on sites that use CoinURL for advertising, I notice that ads for “bASIC 72HG/s ASIC miner” still show up. Of course it leads to the now-defunct website with the “Oops!” graphic, but they must have paid a bit of front if the ads are still going to this day.

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