"We regret to inform you that due to the continuous delay of third-party foundries, the mass production of our Grin product G32 GPU ASIC has been delayed, so we have to temporarily cancel the mass production of this project.
We believe that this endless waiting and embarrassing situation is not in the interests of Innosilicon’s customers, so we have to suspend this project and do our best to recover the investment for our customers.
We are now also willing to sell the complete design of the product to any interested third party, or support the third party to use other processes to ensure that this product can be mass-produced and run in the next year, to protect the interests of future Grin customers.
From now on, we will be the first to arrange a full refund for the first batch of customers who order directly from Innosilicon official channels, and complete the refund for all customers who booked within 30 working days in accordance with the payment order."
I cannot find any reference to a Grin miner on their website. Do you have any proof of the release of such a product? It seems almost too good to be true. Bitmain and INNOSilicon have both scrapped their own plans for a G31/G32 ASIC, so I would expect that any other supplier would be leveraging that to boost their own profile if they truly had such plans.
Your manufacturer and it’s foundry must be testing 1 prototype. I’ve been mining Grin since before the genesis block was found on January 15th, 2019 to now, yet today was a new record for Grin earnings (in Grin coins, not USD, pool being Grinmint, 85 blocks found today). Sure feels like Grin is free of ASICs. https://grin.blockscan.com/chart/type/hashrate
I seriously doubt if Micro’s ASIC will ship next month. I will cite the following reasons:
There is no evidence of any C32 blocks mined by ASICs. if you look at the Grin block explorer, you will see only 2 C32 blocks have mined. As C32 is not reported directly, you have to calculate C32 by solving: Total blocks - AR29 - AT31 = AT32 blocks or
Total Blocks 533,929
Total Block Mined for AR29 358,691 (67.18%)
Total Block Mined for AT31 175,236 (32.82%)
Which means 2 C32 blocks
Micro would also have a lot of working samples by now and they would be in test and impacting the network before Micro would order more parts for production purposes. The typical sample order is 12 wafers and given the performance that Micro claims, it is the same size as the Obelisk GRN1 which was designed by ePIC Blockchain. So assuming they are yielding the same as ePIC, those 12 wafers would yield 960 chips. Using Micro’s claimed performance, that would be 24,000 GPS on C31 or 16,800 GPS on C32. Those performance numbers are significant and would definitely on the network.
For Micro to ship in February, production parts would have to be ordered in mid-November allowing for 60 days plus CNY delays in the fab, packaging and testing plus another 2 weeks to build the cards or rigs. As such, C32 performance would be known instead of some vague claim that C32 is 1/3 slower than C31.
You are correct that prototypes need to be tested and assuming that they are a single chip design, extra testing needs to be done. For February production, parts need to be ordered by mid-November which means C32 activity would be visible in October and November.
That was the reason that people familiar with ASIC production were confident that either Inno or Micro were testing prototypes and at least 3 months away from production.
Of course one can reduce cycle time by ordering risk wafers but those could be expensive saucer plates if the chip doesn’t work.
With a chip as complex as C32, it is unlikely that a team inexperienced with large digital ASIC would get it right the first time. So that would lead to ECOs and metal mask changes adding another 2 months. There aren’t many teams in the world with experience designing 600 mm2 chips and sophisticated memory controllers. And most of those designers come from AMD and Nvidia.
testing the single chip now, single chip C31 is about 4.8-5 GPS, one miner will have like 100 chips. so the GPS for C31 is 480-500 GPS. but you are right, we need finish the testing first before the asic come out. the testing should be finished by early of February. all the others is ready to build.
Just heard back from Innosilicon and learned that the refunds have been delayed due to quarantine restrictions related to the Coronavirus. These restrictions are in place until 21 Feb 2020 and they will then begin processing the refunds.
There’s zero evidence that anyone received a Grin ASIC. Usually ASICs cause the network hashrate to increase dramatically, to the point that it’s no longer profitable for GPU miners. And yet the reality is that Grin’s net hash has been steadily decreasing, we’re now at the lowest point in over half a year: https://grin.blockscan.com/chart/type/hashrate
In fact, today was the most Grin coins I’ve mined on record, and I’ve been pointed to Grin since January 15th, 2019. I keep experiencing new record highs of Grin coins mined. Others Grin miners should be experiencing the same phenomenon. More coins mined because the hashrate keeps decreasing. Grin is also ranked the most profitable coin to mine for some time now, and often stays within the top 5 most profitable for whattomine.