Bitmain has announced the BM1397, a new, more efficient cryptocurrency mining chip. The chip sports a 28% power efficiency improvement over its predecessor. The news brought with a mention of upcoming S17 and T17 models, about which very little other information is available. According to a press release, the chip uses just 30 joules per terrahash. This means that as much as 33 terrahash can be powered by just 1 kilowatt of power. If an existing mining outfit were to simply replace its existing hashpower with the newer models (once they’re available), the power savings would be immediate. However, the

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