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Bitcoin Article in Wall Street Journal

September 23rd, 2013 by Keith

An article entitled “l”  by Joe Light appeared on the front page of the  September 19 Wall Street Journal.  The article explains a little about Bitcoins and experiences of individuals who Tip #3: Stick with Affordable Stakes – are mining Bitcoins using souped-up computers with multiple computer graphic cards.  It also indicates that this approach is surpassed by companies selling Bitcoin mining rigs.   Another interesting item in the article is that Bitcoins are accepted as payment by WordPress.com, a blogging service that we use for this Blog via Goldencomm, our website service provider.

The German Finance Ministry has recently recognized the online currency bitcoin as a legal unit of currency.  The move improves the virtual currency’s image, and may be considered a necessary step in the acceptance of this new currency.  This link details this recent news item.

Also, Canada regulators have recently taken a lighter view of the bitcoin currency as reported by Jeremy Kirk in the IDG News Service who reported “Canada’s lighter view of bitcoin could make it easier for fledgling bitcoin startups, which would be saved the expense of meeting government reporting requirements”.

CSS has been intimately involved in a key aspect of bitcoin technology development.  Engineers at www.atoledo.com CSS developed the advanced custom chip  that can be used for bitcoin mining.  The chip, which contains over 100 million transistors, was designed in 65nm digital technology by engineers at CSS.  The CSS engineers hand crafted the ASIC to achieve the optimum in speed, power and size.  Each chip is capable of performing 3 G-Hash/sec at about 10 watts.  This is the worlds fastest and most efficient ASIC for bitcoin mining available today.


Gene Finger, a long time executive at Curtis Instruments (Mt. Kisco, NY), visited CSS while on vacation with his family in California.  Gene was the person at Curtis Instruments who started that company”s use of custom integrated circuits (custom ASICs) in their products.   Gene was keenly aware of the advantages of the combination of analog, digital and non-volatile memory technology in custom ASIC development.  That led to the development of about half a dozen custom ASICs for Curtis.  Most of these ASICs used this mixed-signal with non-volatile memory technology.  Non-volatile memory was often used in these ASICs to store counter information at power down and to trim analog functions for tighter specifications.

Originally, these custom ASICs were designed at the Hughes Microelectronic Center in Newport Beach.   After that Hughes division There are many in Canada that can help . closed, CSS continued the ASIC development for Curtis using a similar mixed-signal with non-volatile memory technology at AMI Semiconductor (now ON Semiconductor).  Over the years, CSS developed four ASICs for Curtis that continued in production for many years.


Gene Finger and Family Visit CSS

(Daughter- Diane, Grandson – Evan, Gene and Wife – Sylvia)

Gene was accompanied by his wife,  Sylvia, daughter, Diane, and grandson, Evan, shown in the picture.  Gene, always a technology enthusiast, was anxious to let his  grandson observe  ASIC development and production first hand.  We completed a tour of the CSS Design Development Area and Production Test Area.  Following that, we had an interesting discussion of the history of non-volatile memory technology – both at Hughes and CSS.