China-based Bitmain, the world's largest producer of ASIC miners, began selling equipment for Ethereum mining, while the community shows growing discontent of Bitmain's tactic to enter the market of GPU mining.

There is an ASIC miner Antminer E3 available to order on the Bitmain web site. It works with the Ethash algorithm, which is used in the Ethereum cryptocurrency. According to the description, the power consumption of E3 miner is 800 watts, computational power is predicted at the level of 180 MH/s. The cost of the Antminer E3 miner is set at $800. The delivery of the first batch of devices is expected to start between 16 July and 31 July 2018.

There is a restriction to buy new equipment: one miner per one user.

The appearance of ASIC miners for Ehereum faced sharp criticism from the Ethereum community. Earlier Ethereum successfully resisted ASIC mining, which allowed to produce cryptocurrency "at home" on video cards. Now, after the appearance of ASIC chips, mining on video cards may become less profitable, and the ecosystem of Ethereum risks becoming more centralized.

In March, Bitmain launched the sale of ASIC miners Antminer X3 for crypto extraction by the algorithm CryptoNight, which is used by the anonymous Monero cryptocurrency, as well as a number of other less popular coins. In response to the actions of the Chinese manufacturer, the Monero team, fearing centralization of the cryptocurrency, decided to conduct a hardfork, aimed at updating the code, which will resist ASIC mining.

Unlike the developers of Monero, the Ethereum team does not plan to conduct a hardfork to oppose production on ASIC chips, although the community would support this decision. According to a poll published by Twitter by one of Ethereum developers Vlad Zamfir, about 55% of 4904 respondents indicated that they would support the hardfork to make ASIC mining ineffective, and only 14% said unequivocally that they would not support such a decision.