While we have been reporting on late shipments of Bitcoin miners from Butterfly Labs, hope is on the horizon as the first of the new Single Bitforce SC (Super Computer) 60 GH/s units has been shipped from the Butterfly Labs HQ in Kansas.
We caught this information from Butterfly Labs forum user, "Lab_Rat". This user went on a visit to the factory where the units are being burned, boxed and dispatched. According to the unboxing and factory tour posts the device will likely consume 270W while running at the top 60 GH/s (gigahashes per second).
Lab_Rat reports that the ASIC chips used in the Bitforce SC 60 devices are not binned. Binning is the process of classifying chips according to their quality. In his visit he saw "8-10" units being tested, of which only one dropped slightly below the 60 GH/s threshold to 58 GH/s.
As for when production of these units will go fully on-stream, Lab_Rat reported:
"Now on to shipping. In the ~8 hours I was there I saw 2 people box up and ship out 2 large shipments with well over 100 orders... Notice orders, not Jalapenos, some of those orders had up to 4 Jally's each in them, and one of the 2 people who were working in the shipping dept was only on her second day working with BFL. Shipping by no means will be a bottleneck, they can box up thousands of orders a day with 6-10 people working a good day I would assume. I saw how MiniRigs are going to be boxed up. They have a machine which basically makes a hard foam pillow of which 4 will be placed surrounding a MR. This foam appeared to be able to form fit once put in place and it hardens. Once everything is boxed up and they have a full rack they can have USPS come pick up a load of boxes and continue packaging more." – "Sonny and Josh both confirmed that within ~7 days after giving the order to go full steam ahead to the assembly plant they can receive thousands of units. So it is just a matter of time before we all have nice presents on our door steps. I see no problems with their entire process."
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