Just an update. We have ramped up the team and have our premises ready for when assembly starts. Working in collaboration with our design team abroad we have competence in all areas of FPGA design, and excellent contacts for any procurement (large scale pcb manufacturing, mounting, bulk FPGA etc..)
Currently we are in the final stages off fully implementing the Litecoin algorithm in FPGA (not only Scrypt but other algorithms which are stated PBKDF2, HMAC-SHA256, SHA256 and SALSA20/8, some of which are open source available). Currently in a 12 week process, our tech lead software engineer has taken over and is developing the communication between board and PC. Everything we are doing is custom made from bottom up, this gives us the advantage of ironing out all details. We are designing the FPGA in the structured manner you would get working on military grade systems, giving you an idea of the sort of proficiency and quality were aiming towards.
In the next 2 weeks we will be porting our design onto an off the shelf board, giving us the ability to test the system and optimise it, working towards our results we received during simulation. Then we can come up with the exact FPGA and block diagram that will result in the end product. Taking our large scale costs into account and a suitable pricing, were aiming towards a minimum of 500-800 kh/s per unit.
Our goal is to constantly provide detailed information on where we are at. Being a student in Electronic Engineering, so far i have learnt a lot myself. So i want to share our updates, and also to increase awareness and interest in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. And give you a glimpse of all the stages in a professional environment when it comes to FPGA design and development.
In my opinion its a great way to learn if your just an average enthusiast or deciding what to study in college or university! Also a guide to educate members of the crypto-currency community, especially when your being told by companies (not naming any names) that it takes 3 months to design and produce an ASIC!
We will also be providing images and videos of the different stages in development. In the next few weeks showing you the first ever Litecoin dedicated FPGA in action.
As we are producing this FPGA for the community, its important we get feedback! Our website will be launching soon. But follow us on twitter for early sneak peak updates www.twitter.com/ukalpha