Thursday, May 6th 2021

TSMC to Execute Bitmain's Orders for 5nm Crypto-Mining ASICs from Q3-2021

TSMC will be manufacturing next-generation 5 nm ASICs for Bitmain. The company designs purpose-built machines for mining crypto-currency, using ASICs. DigiTimes reports that the 5 nm volume production could kick off form Q3-2021. Bitmain's latest Antminer ASIC-based mining machines announced last month were purported to be up to 32 times faster than a GeForce RTX 3080 at mining Ethereum. Recent history has shown that whenever ASICs catch up or beat GPUs at mining, prices of GPUs tend to drop. With no 5 nm GPUs on the horizon for Q3-2021, one really can expect market pressure from crypto-miners to drop off when Antminers gain traction.
Source: DigiTimes
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14 Comments on TSMC to Execute Bitmain's Orders for 5nm Crypto-Mining ASICs from Q3-2021

#1
lynx29
RIP new gpu's. was a fun dream though, see you in 2023.
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Unregistered
All the more reasons to hold out with my build until 2026.
#4
Wavetrex
Waste of silicon, waste of energy, waste of life.
RIP humanity.
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#5
Wirko
WavetrexWaste of silicon, waste of energy, waste of life.
RIP humanity.
My view into the future was wrong ... but not by much.
WirkoOne by one, the manufacturers of everything will stop producing everything else and make all their production lines and workers available for making rtx and rx. Without video outputs of course, why would anyone need video? First Zotac, then TSMC, then Ford, then Hershey's, then Nutella.
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As we all know well, the civilisation on Mars had a crypto-based economy. What remains of the said civilisation are some molecules of organic compounds, and even those are yet to be found.
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#6
medi01
WavetrexWaste of silicon, waste of energy, waste of life.
RIP humanity.
As with other Ponzi/bubble's, crypto silliness is driven by more and more people onboarding/"investing" more out of grid and since we are close to planetary level bubble, it cannot last long.
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#7
Tsukiyomi91
another 3 years of GPU shortages, here we come.
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#8
AusWolf
This is awesome news with the cryptobubble finally bursting and all, but... if TSMC manufactures these things, then I suppose they're taking capacity away from PC component manufacturing, right? :wtf:
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#9
R-T-B
WirkoAs we all know well, the civilisation on Mars had a crypto-based economy.
We do?
AusWolfThis is awesome news with the cryptobubble finally bursting and all, but... if TSMC manufactures these things, then I suppose they're taking capacity away from PC component manufacturing, right? :wtf:
Exactly. ASICS are not the answer you are looking for.

Also, the cryptobubble has not burst. Far from it. It at this point has showed staying and recovery power uncharacteristic of a "bubble."
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#10
GLeader
VannyAll the more reasons to hold out with my build until 2026.
can't wait for 2033 to finaly get a new PC
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#11
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
AusWolfThis is awesome news with the cryptobubble finally bursting and all, but... if TSMC manufactures these things, then I suppose they're taking capacity away from PC component manufacturing, right? :wtf:
Is there much running on 5nm right now? Zen4 is supposed to be 5nm, but we are getting Zen3+ on 6nm first.
R-T-BExactly. ASICS are not the answer you are looking for.
They help a heck of a lot though. If you can get 2 die that does the work of 30+ GPU dies, it frees up a heck of a lot of GPU dies to the market that would have normally gone to miners.
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R-T-B
newtekie1They help a heck of a lot though. If you can get 2 die that does the work of 30+ GPU dies, it frees up a heck of a lot of GPU dies to the market that would have normally gone to miners.
Except the way crypto functions, diff adjusts to make that advantage completely irrelevant.
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R0H1T
R-T-BIt at this point has showed staying and recovery power uncharacteristic of a "bubble."
That depends on how you look at it, in normally times the (gains) money would move from crypto & be invested back in to stocks, real estate heck real (physical) businesses. At this point except real estate, that too certain markets, there's no major returns to be had in the other regular avenues. That's a very good reason why crypto "bull run" is still resilient today & not done a 180, that & even more (nearly) free money as compared to years past. The bubble will burst whether 6 months from now or 18 months who know & if it goes back to the regular old days is anyone's guess atm.
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R-T-B
R0H1TThat depends on how you look at it, in normally times the (gains) money would move from crypto & be invested back in to stocks, real estate heck real (physical) businesses. At this point except real estate, that too certain markets, there's no major returns to be had in the other regular avenues.
There is if you know what you are doing. Crypto is just easier right now. And regardless, it's still illustrated it's staying power. People have been predicting it's death since 2012... it hasn't happened. At this point in it's development, it won't happen.
R0H1Tnot done a 180
Thing is, it virtually has. It's crashed too, and far worse than the stock market. But it has bounced back. So your logic isn't really valid.
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