Bitcoin mining with 4 batteries Game Boy?

Game Boy, which appeared in 1989 and sold more than 18 million units cumulatively, is a game machine that is steadily gaining popularity with the appearance of new software in 2017. However, a person who tried to mine bitcoin using this Game Boy appears and attracts attention.

A security researcher (stacksmashing) who challenged Bitcoin mining using Game Boy. Geun said that Elon Musk made a decision to mine Bitcoin after posting on Twitter that Tesla cars could be purchased with bitcoin.

He considered purchasing a graphics card so that it could be used for bitcoin mining, but abandoned the purchase because a high-performance graphics card suitable for bitcoin mining was too expensive. So, instead of a high-performance graphics card, he decided to mine bitcoins using Game Boy, a powerful piece of hardware scattered around him.

Bitcoin mining requires an internet connection, but Game Boy doesn’t have an internet connection. However, Game Boy is equipped with a communication port to communicate with other devices. He decided to connect Game Boy to the Internet through a Raspberry Pi Pico connected to the communication port.

He is a self-made cable that connects User ROM, Raspberry Pi Pico, Level Shifter, Game Boy, Game Boy and Raspberry Pi Pico for Game Boy bitcoin mining. He created a mining program for Game Boy (ntgbtminer-Game Boy edition) based on the open source mining program (ntgbtminer). Later, he started mining bitcoins using a mining program.

The level of Game Boy mining performance is 0.8 H/sec, which is only 125 trillion times slower than ASICs specialized in bitcoin mining. In addition, bitcoin mining consumes vast amounts of power, but the Game Boy runs on 4 batteries. He publishes his software on the GitHub repository. Related information can be found here.



Through the monthly AHC PC and HowPC magazine era, he has watched 'technology age' in online IT media such as ZDNet, electronic newspaper Internet manager, editor of Consumer Journal Ivers, TechHolic publisher, and editor of Venture Square. I am curious about this market that is still full of vitality.

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