South Korean tech giant Samsung reportedly filed a patent for a “programmable blockchain solid state drive and switch” earlier this year on January 15th, which was then published on February 2nd.
According to Cointelegraph, Samsung filed a patent for a blockchain-enabled solid-state drive (SSD) which could reportedly be integrated into devices to “improve the speed and life span of blockchain-aware storage devices.”
To enable this technology, Samsung will reportedly use Field Programmable Gate Arrays or FPGAs — devices that can be placed in between general-purpose processing devices and Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs).
Manufacturers can then program the device to calculate algorithms with greater efficiency compared to general computing devices. A key difference from ASICS is that this technology allows devices to be reprogrammed to support various algorithms. Thus, the devices may be flexible enough to mine cryptocurrency.
However, there have been no further developments regarding when the company plans to unveil products that make use of this technology.
Recently, Samsung, one of the largest manufacturers of electronics worldwide, has been paying more attention to technologies like blockchain and cryptocurrency. This year, it has already launched the Samsung Blockchain Wallet, enabled Bitcoin functionality on its devices, and integrated Pundi X’s XWallet app into their wallet, as well as 30 other cryptocurrencies.
Meanwhile, Cointelegraph earlier reported that China’s Alibaba has filed a patent in the United States for its “Domain Name Management Scheme for Cross-Chain Interactions in Blockchain Systems”.
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