Reported by the Decenter on September 3, Samsung has filed the document for a new patent – dubbed “programmable blockchain solid state drive and switch” – on January 15, which has been approved on February 2.
Detailed information regarding the new feature is yet to be disclosed, but it reportedly has a primary goal to help blockchain-aware storage devices achieve a greater speed, as well as lifespan.
Samsung is planning to employ the Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) – pieces of equipment that can be put among the general-purpose processing devices and Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) – to gain the above-mentioned speed and lifespan.
This type of system is programmable, in a nature inclined to calculate algorithms, which would boost up the efficiency in a measure no other general-purpose computer devices would be able to.
This new Blockchain-based SSD can be modified to be compatible with different other algorithms, which is different from the ASICs. The new updates will amp up the flexibility, but will also bring efficiency down a notch, alternative to ASICS in cryptocurrency mining.