Squirrels Research Labs (SQRL) Starts Shipment Of Acorn FPGA Hardware Amid Earlier Delays
Squirrels Research Labs Starts Shipment Of Acorn FPGA Hardware Amid Earlier Delays
Back in July 2018, Squirrels Research Labs announced the launch of their new crypto hardware Acorn- a component that is set to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the crypto mining process. The announcement of the FPGA accelerator was met with enthusiasm especially for cryptocurrency miners looking to use Acorn to fit in their M.2 form factor or operate it as a standalone component. The excitement for miners is the hardware's capability to work in conjunction with GPUs, something that gives miners an added edge when they need it.
Unwrapping The Acorn CLE-215+
Initially, we had to choose between the three models of Acorn available: CLE-101, CLE-215, and CLE-215+. Each model has high-performance FPGA chips that work with memory-intensive algorithms such as Ethash to perform the least GPU-efficient parts of the mining process.
Much deliberation led to choosing the CLE-215+ that costs us USD 329 non-inclusive of shipment. While the price seems expensive, the chip works with both memory-intensive and core-intensive algorithms resourceful for performance and power savings. After frequent delays due to supply constraints, we were finally able to get our product and unbox it to reveal its accurate review.
For starters, the specs on-board these components are quite impressive with the chip fitting into the M.2 slots present on most new boards. Further explorations on the Acorn CLE-215 also indicate that it utilizes 30 percent more FPGA performance making it one of the most efficient power-to-hash rate ratios available. However, these numbers are not constant as the component's website indicates different projections regarding hash rate and power consumption reductions.
The Acorn CLE 215+ has its own optimized multi-algorithm SQRL mining software, the SQRL miner. The SQRL Miner charges no developer fee for the mining clients and is optimized to combine the best parts of alternative mining software into a tandem. While it is initially designed for only Acorn and Acorn-accelerated GPU and CPU components, the CLE-215+ can also feature where no Acorn hardware is present.
Background On Hardware Development
Like most crypto mining enthusiasts, we are also interested in the potential of the FPGAs we use and test. Back in June 2017, SQRL took notice of this and announced the development of their FPGA accelerators to accommodate GPU Mining through the BitcoinTalk forum.
The initial proposal was a different form factor which brought a newer FPGA style. But the Acorn model was much familiar to its PicoEVB or NanoEVBs designs in existence since late 2017. That did not stop the influx of preorders that begun in July of this year.
From a business perceptive, the delays in shipments from August were anticipated with the supply chain already full of customers’ orders. Despite the late delivery, SQRL recognizes that customers are starting to receive their components with batch one of reservations available for shipment from November 26th.
Squirrel Research Labs is a firm under the Squirrels Inc. umbrella of companies. The SQRL firm focuses on the development of next-generation mining hardware with excellent hash rate and performance.