Alpha Technology offered their Viper scrypt miner earlier this year and promise to different production models: one outputting 5 MH/s and another at 25 MH/s. It turns out that Alpha Technology was able to increase these output ranges according to their latest press release.
The new hash rates are as follows:
- 18Mh/s => Minimum 50Mh/s
- 90Mh/s => Minimum 250Mh/s
(info from original announcement from here)
This shows their willingness to match their competitors hash rates but it also comes with some drawbacks. They buried the lede in their press release but basically, as the right hand giveth, the left hand taketh away:
- Hardware will be streamlined: there will be no LCD displays, no Wi-Fi functionality and there will no longer be a web GUI included.
- In lieu Of the increased advertised hash rate for the Viper asic miners, Alpha will no longer be providing free cloud hashing as a no-cost appeasal addon for their customers.
It does sound like they are distancing themselves from giving a hard announcement time on when their cloud mining operations will be online. The wording from the press release makes it sound like it’s something that they put on the back burner:
The cloud mining operation will always have taken place after batch 1 and it is a tough undertaking with many factors needing to be hashed out. Such as building the environment (network, security, hardware, etc.), programming the interfaces, setting a real-time purchase system etc. It’s not something that can be done within a day yet we do see a growing demand to give exact details out immediately. That is simply impossible to achieve at this stage
The two problems I see with Alpha is that not only are they backing away from promising a cloud hashing platform (something GAW Miners already has), but there’s still only accepting down payments on hardware that will only be shipped in (estimated) late 2014.