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Make: FPGAs by David Romano

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Chapter 8. Cha-Ching!

Bitcoin Mining Project

The California Gold Rush began in 1849 when gold was discovered in the Sacramento Valley. It wasn’t long before news spread that there was gold in them there hills, and thousands of prospective gold miners traveled to San Francisco and the surrounding area by land and sea. By the end of 1849, the population of the California territory had grown from less than a thousand to over 100,000. In 1852, the Gold Rush peaked; by then, 2 billion dollars’ worth of gold had been extracted from the territory.

You may be asking, what in the world does this have to do with FPGAs? In a sense, some believe that a new Gold Rush is on in the form of Bitcoin currency, and with the help of FPGA technology, you can become ...

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