Electronics company Samsung has applied for a blockchain-enabled Solid State Drive (SSD) patent, according to today’s report from industry news outlet Decenter.
Samsung filed for a “programmable blockchain solid-state drive and switch” patent on Jan. 15 had it published on Feb. 2.
There are no additional details regarding the new system, but it will allegedly help with the improvement of speed and lifespan for storage devices that use blockchain.
For this implementation to work, Samsung will be employing the use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). FPGAs are devices that can link general-purpose processing devices with Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs).
FPGA can be programmed to mathematically execute algorithms which surpasses the efficiency of general-purpose computing devices. While ASICS cannot be reprogrammed to work with different types of algorithms, FPGAs can. And while FPGAs are less efficient, they serve as a more flexible alternative to ASICS in cryptocurrency mining.
The South Korean electronics producer has been incorporating more and more blockchain features into its mobile products. Just a month ago, their Samsung Blockchain Wallet had added Pundi X’s XWallet app integration, in addition, to support for more than 30 cryptos.
Also, last week, their Samsung S10 models also had integrated Bitcoin functionality into their Blockchain Keystore Software Development Kit (SDK), a set of tools which helps developers create decentralized apps and other blockchain-based applications.
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