Near was created to operate faster and cheaper than Ethereum. It achieves its high transaction speed and capacity through a process called “sharding,” which breaks the blockchain into subchains that are operated on by different validators and get regularly connected to each other.
Other assets recently added to Coinbase's roadmap include Celer Network's CELR, an Ethereum ERC-20 token; and Raydium's RAY, an SPL token on the Solana network.
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