Samsung recently made an experiment with its S5 model. Exactly mining Bitcoin with 40 units.
Will it be the new use to give old smartphones?
Samsung’s initial demonstration project
Once again we see how someone, in this case, Samsung and a team of developers are interested in digital mining. The project is called https://galaxyupcycling.github.io and also aims to recycle and give new life to all Samsung smartphones. The team hooked up 40 old Galaxy S5s to make a bitcoin mining platform. It runs on a new operating system that Samsung has developed for its upward recycling initiative. The S5 can mine at a power of 2600 kh/s (Khash / sec), while the i7 does mine at 2000 kh/s.
With respect to energy consumption, an S5 consumes 4 watts while an i7 processor reaches 95 watts. If we make the comparison the Galaxy S5 is more efficient to mine, when comparing the performance with the i7 and its power consumption.
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Even being a very interesting alternative, it lacks practicality. We would need a huge amount of these devices and still, in a short time, we would surpass the new generation ASICs. Everything is going very fast and I think that in the market there is no possibility of monopolizing so many units for such use.
Samsung here is showing us the various utilities that we have for “another” use of our old smartphone. In the future, the idea of manufacturing special chips for mining may be enlightened by implementing them in special plates for assembly and appropriate places.
As an experiment, it is a great example of what old processors are often badly exploited and discarded before we finally say goodbye to our phones.
Efficiency of consumption and size
What we are seeing is the importance of creating special chips for the computational processing of blockchain. It is necessary to rebuild and recycle old pieces to be able to implement them to mining configurations. It is possible and Samsung has given us an example to follow.
It is not necessary to resort to new chips but to resort to technologies of use of devices dedicated to other tasks. Simply redirect all this knowledge and create “new” processing models taking advantage of better and sustainable architectures.
It is clear that everyone is going to their course, but it would be a very interesting and strong alternative to support many cryptocurrencies. Surely Samsung has already realized this and will seek to enter the market in some way.
It is always good to know and experience, to discover that you can achieve what others can not. Check that not everything is in the hands of a few but the knowledge can be of all.
I hope soon to see more efficient and smaller miners with less impact of consumption.
Without a doubt, the experiment has been a success.