Foundry Launches Bitcoin Mining Machine Marketplace, US Pool Becomes the World’s Largest Miner

Foundry Launches Bitcoin Mining Machine Marketplace, US Pool Becomes the World's Largest Miner

The firm Foundry Digital announced on Wednesday that the business has launched a bitcoin mining rig marketplace called Foundryx. According to Foundry, the company has access to more than 40,000 mining machines that are ready for resale. In addition to the marketplace launch, the company’s mining operation, Foundry USA, has become the world’s largest bitcoin miner in terms of hashrate.

Mining Pool Foundry USA Becomes Top Bitcoin Miner, Firm Reveals New Mining Machine Marketplace With Access to 40,000 ASICs

At the end of August 2020, Digital Currency Group (DCG) revealed that it pledged $100 million to a cryptocurrency mining firm called Foundry. The company was quietly founded in 2019 and ever since the firm’s inception, it has made significant headway in the bitcoin mining industry.

Foundry Launches Bitcoin Mining Machine Marketplace, US Pool Becomes the World's Largest Miner

As a subsidiary of DCG, Foundry provides machines, capital, consulting, and intelligence to digital assets miners. The company also operates a mining pool called Foundry USA, which is the largest bitcoin mining pool on December 8, 2021, with 16.5% of the global hashrate or 29.83 exahash per second (EH/s) of hashpower.

During the last couple of month’s Foundry USA has been a top pool, consistently commanding a position in the top five mining pools globally. On the same day it commands the largest fraction of SHA256 hashpower worldwide, Foundry announced the launch of a bitcoin mining rig market called Foundryx.

Foundry Launches Bitcoin Mining Machine Marketplace, US Pool Becomes the World's Largest Miner

The marketplace matches buyers and sellers of bitcoin mining machines and customers gain access to the company’s inventory and pricing. The company details that it has secured more than 40,000 machines from Microbt and Bitmain that can be delivered in 2022.

Foundry also says that Foundryx customers can also leverage the company’s enterprise-grade products including services like financing, shipping, logistics, and pooled mining via the company’s mining pool Foundry USA.

Foundry Aims to Provide a Reliable U.S.-Based Secondary Market for Mining Machines

As things like the semiconductor chip shortages and supply chain problems plague the industry, Foundry details that the company aims to make the process of acquiring miners easier. Furthermore, some resellers require hefty deposits in order to purchase quality machines.

“Foundry solves these problems by providing buyers and sellers with a trusted and reliable U.S.-based secondary market for mining machines,” the company’s announcement explains.

“With the industry’s leading clients and partners, from machine manufacturers to mining companies, we have the market knowledge and data to match the right buyers and sellers, at the right price,” Jeff Burkey, VP of Foundry’s business development department said during the announcement.

Foundry’s marketplace follows the company launching a range of services for 20 crypto staking networks. The company has also partnered with a slew of bitcoin mining operations this year including firms like Greenidge Generation Holdings, Bitfams, Hut8, Cleanspark, Core Scientific, Compute North, Bit Digital, Bitdeer, and Hive.

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Coinbase adds ‘ETH2’ despite tomorrow’s Ethereum upgrade postponing difficulty bomb

But ETH2 is not a new cryptocurrency and the exchange appears to be prepping for Ethereum’s transition to Proof-of-Stake.

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has added a mirrored version of the Ethereum blockchain’s native token Ether (ETH) to its crypto price index, just ahead of a key network upgrade on Dec. 10.

Dubbed “ETH2,” the symbol appeared to have been tracking the original Ether market data synchronously. For instance, the cost to purchase ETH2 came out to be the same as that for ETH. Meanwhile, their market capitalization, volume, circulating supply, and price changes were also identical.

Nonetheless, unlike the original, the ETH2 token had no Trading Activity, Popularity Score, or Typical Hold Time, underscoring that its role — for now — is to merely track the ETH market data at least until mid-2022.

ETH vs ETH2.0 market data. Source: Coinbase

That is probably as ETH2 seems to have been posing as the native token of Ethereum’s ongoing upgrade, dubbed Ethereum 2.0, which expects to go live fully by June 2022. But the Coinbase’s index listing appears closer to “Arrow Glacier,” a fork that would give developers more time to prepare for Ethereum 2.0.

Before Ethereum 2.0

The Arrow Glacier update aims to delay a so-called “difficulty bomb,” an incentive hardcoded inside the Ethereum blockchain since its launch in 2015, which would make it difficult for people to mine Ether. In doing so, the BOMB, if triggered, would slow down the Ethereum network, for as long as it remains proof-of-work.

Tim Beiko, one of the core developers working on the Ethereum upgrade, noted that Arrow Glacier might be the last upgrade before Ethereum 2.0 goes live next year. Meanwhile, Coinbase appears to have been treating the Arrow Glacier fork as a confirmation that they would exist a new token called ETH2 after the Ethereum 2.0 upgrade.

In detail, Ethereum 2.0, also known as “Serenity,” would enable significant changes to its design, including a full-scale transition from energy-intensive Proof-of-Work (PoW) — also used by Bitcoin (BTC) — to Proof-of-Stake (PoS).

In the current version, nodes must validate every transaction to maintain Ethereum’s public ledger. But the Ethereum 2.0 upgrade would launch “sharding,” which would divide the network into various segments (called shards) and would randomly assign nodes to each shard.

Beacon Chain and Sharding. Source: Vitalik.ca

That would remove the need for each node to scan the entire chain, theoretically improving the speed and costs required to maintain the network. Meanwhile, individual shards would share the transaction details with a so-called Beacon Chain, which serves as the backbone of Ethereum 2.0.

ETH2 is not a new crypto

Beacon Chain, which went live in December 2020, would validate the transactions on each shard, thus assisting the entire Ethereum 2.0 network reach consensus. It would also detect dishonest validators and initiate penalties by removing a portion of the validator’s stake from circulation.

Related: Vitalik Buterin outlines ‘endgame’ roadmap for ETH 2.0

At the core of Ethereum 2.0’s PoS design would be ETH (or ETH2), which primarily serves as a staking token for validators to participate in the network consensus and, in turn, to receive block rewards for it.

Beacon Chain’s deposit contract has received over 8.42 million ETH tokens from 55,300 unique depositors (validators) since its launch in December 2020.

The balance of the Ethereum 2.0 deposit contract divided by the total ETH supply. Source: CryptoQuant

That being said, ETH2 is not a new coin and would not change the ETH amount one holds. Instead, as Coinbase’s index listing suggests, ETH2 may end up becoming a rebranded version of the original Ether, without needing holders to swap one version for another.

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