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Certification as an ASIC repair technician reaches the USA USA

May 29, 2020

Bitmain’s Ant Training Academy certification program will soon be available in North America. This will be the first location outside of China to receive this accreditation.

The new location was developed in collaboration with Core Scientific, a US-based mining accommodation provider. United States The company announced the collaboration on May 28. The first courses will start in autumn 2020. The new academy is located in Dalton, Georgia, and offers the same “highly recognized training and certification services” as the China-based company.

On-site repairs are key

This can have important implications for the mining industry in the United States. So far, the program has only taken place in Shenzhen, China. Students had to travel to the country and pay up to USD 2,500 per person for a two-week apprenticeship. The courses were conducted in Chinese, with translation services included for those who needed them.

Certification as an ASIC repair technician reaches the USA USACertification as an ASIC repair technician reaches the USA USA

The reward for completing the certification is the ability to order replacement parts from Bitmain. How explained Kristy-Leigh Minehan, former CTO of Core Scientific, said this ability is “very sought after by mining companies”.

ASIC miners often have single-chip errors that render the entire device unusable. The failed part can be replaced in three hours, while the manufacturer’s warranty process can take up to three months.

Miners based in China therefore had a natural competitive advantage that was only increased by the travel restrictions imposed by China after the Corona virus broke out.

A US-based training center in the United States makes it significantly easier for local technicians to obtain valuable certification. As Cointelegraph previously reported, some Bitmain mining equipment reported failure rates of up to 30%.

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In spite of Mining companies located in the United States are reported to account for almost two-thirds of the global hash rate in China. USA they continued to grow.

Riot Blockchain recently announced plans to double capacity after halving it with around 16.5 megawatts of electricity.

However, several other companies were affected by the halving, and DPW Holdings ceased mining shortly after the Bitcoin (BTC) collapse in March.

Bitmain operates the “world’s largest” mining facility in Rockdale, Texas, with a planned maximum output of 50 megawatts.