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An application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is one of a class of microelectronic circuits or chips designed for a particular use,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.britannica.com/technology/integrated-circuit|name=Integrated circuit|org=Brittanica|date=April 18, 2018}}</ref> such as running the [[hash]] algorithms used in bitcoin [[mining]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.cio.com/article/3261425/digital-transformation/how-application-specific-integrated-circuits-are-powering-the-future-of-it-today.html|name=How application-specific integrated circuits are powering the future of IT today?|org=CIO|date=April 17, 2018}}</ref> As implied by its name, an ASIC cannot perform any other function than the one for which it was designed. An ASIC cannot be programmed to follow alternate instructions.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.britannica.com/technology/integrated-circuit|name=Integrated circuit|org=Brittanica|date=April 18, 2018}}</ref>  
 
An application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is one of a class of microelectronic circuits or chips designed for a particular use,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.britannica.com/technology/integrated-circuit|name=Integrated circuit|org=Brittanica|date=April 18, 2018}}</ref> such as running the [[hash]] algorithms used in bitcoin [[mining]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.cio.com/article/3261425/digital-transformation/how-application-specific-integrated-circuits-are-powering-the-future-of-it-today.html|name=How application-specific integrated circuits are powering the future of IT today?|org=CIO|date=April 17, 2018}}</ref> As implied by its name, an ASIC cannot perform any other function than the one for which it was designed. An ASIC cannot be programmed to follow alternate instructions.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.britannica.com/technology/integrated-circuit|name=Integrated circuit|org=Brittanica|date=April 18, 2018}}</ref>  
  

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An application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is one of a class of microelectronic circuits or chips designed for a particular use,[1] such as running the hash algorithms used in bitcoin mining.[2] As implied by its name, an ASIC cannot perform any other function than the one for which it was designed. An ASIC cannot be programmed to follow alternate instructions.[3]

Bitcoin mining is largely performed in corporate-owned datacenters, using ASICs in the nodes that aggressively optimize energy efficiency to unprecedented levels.

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