Sino-Global Forms Venture to Develop New Bitcoin Mining Machine

The joint venture with Highsharp will develop and commercialize a proprietary bitcoin mining machine named “Thor.”

Oct 4, 2021 at 12:57 p.m. UTC
Updated Oct 4, 2021 at 1:23 p.m. UTC

International shipping and crypto mining company Sino-Global said it will develop a new bitcoin mining machine in a joint venture with blockchain technology firm Highsharp.

  • The venture will develop and commercialize a proprietary bitcoin mining machine named “Thor,” Sino-Global announced Monday.
  • Sino-Global (Nasdaq: SINO) will make a $10 million investment over the next month to fund the venture’s operations, while Highsharp will supply the computer chips required to develop Thor.
  • The joint venture will own the intellectual property rights to Thor and plans to file a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • According to Sino-Global CEO Lei Cao, Thor will “fill the vacuum” created by “recent crypto policy changes combined with ongoing global component shortages [that] have served to remove valuable digital mining production capacity.”
  • Formed in 2001 as a shipping company, Sino-Global announced its intention to start mining cryptocurrency in February this year, initially sourcing its machines from Bitmain.

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