Block, Inc. thinks it and developers can build better Bitcoin mining rigs. That’s why it’s considering building a “Mining Development Kit,” or MDK, it said on Tuesday.
The company hopes its do-it-yourself kit will spur innovation in Bitcoin mining hardware, it said in an announcement, alluding to a statement from CEO Jack Dorsey on Twitter in 2021 that the company was “considering building a Bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon and open source.”
Block wrote it would share more details in the coming weeks and months but mused that the MDK would include basic Bitcoin mining rig components, like a hashboard and controller board, open source firmware, software, and lots of documentation.
“We anticipate the MDK being useful for development projects focused on integrating Bitcoin mining into various novel use cases—such as heating solutions, off-grid mining, home mining or intermittent power applications—as well as optimization of Bitcoin mining hardware for traditional commercial mining operations,” Naoise Irwin, Block mining hardware senior product lead, wrote…