Bitcoin mining behemoth Bitmain’s latest Z11 miner roll-out was reportedly sold out within 20 minutes after the pre-selling phase on its official website. Bitmain unveiled a new version of its Antminer Z series machines to mine Equihash-powered Proof-of-Work coins like Zcash on March 19.
Dubbed as the Antminer Z11, the new release claims to pack three times more hashing power than its precursor Z9. In a blog post, the exchange claimed,
“It is by far the leading model by performance to mine such cryptocurrencies.”
According to the Beijing-based mining giant, the latest miner offers a hashing power of 135 KSol/s and is three times more powerful than the Antminer Z9, which was released in May 2018. The post further claims that the miner saves up to 60% of electricity cost as compared to its predecessor Z9.
Antminer Z11, which uses Bitmain’s latest proprietary 12 nm chip, is equipped with a newly designed internal circuit structure with a power-efficiency of 10.50 J/KSol. Another feature that the latest version of Antiminer boasts of is ‘light’ weight, which stands at 5.4 kg despite its massive hashing capability.
Antminer Z11 will initiate the shipping process shortly, the blog confirmed.
The previous Z9 was launched at a time when the ZCash community voted against prioritizing research efforts to discourage the use of ASIC mining equipment. Talking about the huge turnout against gearing toward ASIC-resistance, Andrew Miller, the president of the Zcash Foundation, said,
“This is a fairly strong signal of disagreement. My interpretation of this is that we’re not going to make any hasty decisions like diverting all of the Zcash Foundation resources to promoting ASIC resistance.”
Earlier, Bitmain had been notoriously secretive about its operations but has now claimed to provide more transparency to the Zcash market. The blog stated,
“These commitments to transparency will continue to provide the Zcash foundation and community with the security, reliability and accessibility they desire of manufacturers.”
The world’s largest producer for ASIC machinery, Bitmain, has been surrounded with reports of facing a huge loss of approximately $500 million in Q3 last year. Also, the company was reportedly selling their old generation S15 miners at around 30% below their actual value. Samson Mow, the CSO at Blockstream, who also happens to be a Bitmain critic, had earlier tweeted that the exchange’s financials were weak.
Bitmain’s revenue and its userbase fell sharply during the beginning of the crypto winter in 2018 in a colossal difference as pictured during the 2017 bull phase when Bitmain recorded a remarkable profit with its annual profit ranging between $3 to $4 billion.