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    ASIC Update 26 November 2012

    I have been waiting to have more solid information but it's still not available to me at this moment and I'm going to bed soon, so I wanted to put out an update before I hit the sack.

    While I can't give a hard date and say "absolutely" this is the date, it looks like the week of the 11th, but that's the "fuzzy" date I have at the moment and I'm waiting on confirmation on a not-fuzzy date from the foundry right now. There was a flaw in the chip that needed to be addressed and it pushed the date out, plain and simple. We are as frustrated with this process as everyone else is and we apologize for the delays. Contrary to some of the trolls over on Bitcoin Talk, we fully intended to start shipping at the end of October, but with a project as complex as this, even our built in padding has proved to be a bit inadequate to deal with all the moving parts, and we will have slipped by ~6 weeks after all is said and done.

    The good news is that our shipment of chips will be substantial and we are re-addressing the quantities and compacting the shipment dates. We will have just shy of 100,000 chips available and in our hands before the end of the year, coming in two waves. The first wave will hopefully be the week of the 11th (probably more towards the end I'm guessing) and the second wave will be just before the end of the year. This is enough chips to cover all pre-orders and a lot more besides. This extra time also allows us to make some refinements we wanted to make to a few components, but more importantly, we may have just enough time to get a custom metal or silicon QFN package ready for the rev1 shipments (should know this week), and if that's the case, it will make rev1 boards ridiculously efficient at heat elimination. Originally this was going to be for Rev2 if we didn't go with a flip-chip design (but this would require a lot more work than our custom packaging) - but the extra time we are forced to endure is going to be put to good use.

    Once again, we apologize for the delays. We hate them as much as everyone else (probably more), but as the competitors are experiencing as well, sometimes you are at the mercy of other people's schedules and problems. As we said months ago, we are trying to eliminate as many of those points of failure as possible by bringing everything we can in house. Of course, we can't bring a fab in house, so we are at their mercy at the moment. Once we get the chips in our hands, we will have a sufficient enough quantity to see us through until the next order and it should allow us to get up and running in house or at least make good headway into that arena.


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    Thanks for the update, Josh.


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    I'm going to bed too. However, since this is labelled the ASIC update November 26, anyone know the update of the competitors and care posting it in this forum so that we have a snapshot of all ASIC developments as of November 26 in one place?

    That'd be helpful to know.

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    "fuzzy" news are better than no news..


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    Are the chips arriving at BFL the week of the 11th or are you shipping ASICs the week of the 11th? The wording in the post leaves it open to both interpretations.


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    This is ridiculous. Worst thing that by that "fuzzy" date the shipping agency might get on december vacations and wont ship to venezuela. Im totally disapointed. How can i get my refund? Ill spend those 1kusd on christmasd, worth more than this


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    In before the "is my order within the first or second wave of chips" questions. Also, thanks for the update. Some info is better than none.


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    Haha yeah the revision 2 chips... Guys are you kidding, right? you did not have even rev 1. Any working prototype right there with 60Ghs on your desk?

    Who's your chip dealer? Samsung? TSMC? Pablo Escobar? Give us this fuzzy answer. Got some guys from TSMC on my phonebook....


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    Thanks Josh,it ain't good news,but it is news we needed to hear.

    For Kjlimo:

    Meanwhile,down on the bASIC farm:
    Hello Customers and Friends,

    As it is already obvious to everyone, shipping will not begin today as originally planned. Tomorrow I have a meeting with the engineering and layout team and I will give a definitive date of when shipping will begin. I am ready to cancel as many orders and offer refunds to whoever needs them - just send an email with the request to [email protected] and he will forward them on to me. All refunds requested today will be processed today. Although I caution you, we WILL be shipping these units, its just a matter of time and likely will be very soon. Our competition has already given several delays so I just please ask that you give me one day to meet with my team and figure out a realistic new shipping date and if you are not happy with that or if you are ready for a refund now please request it and it will be processed immediately.

    thank you

    Tom

    So tomorrow (tuesday) they get thier "news" too.


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    Wait... You guys still don't have the chips yet ? What if they show up and they don't work properly ? I though you were going to be shipping early Dec. From your post it looks like you wont even have all the chips by the end of the year >.<
    Thanks for the update though. Hopefully i just misinterpreted something.


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