Feathercoin is a cryptocurrency, which is very similar to Litecoin, but has a much lower difficulty when it comes to mining it.
Both Feathercoin and Litecoin are designed to be ‘extracted’ through a different technique than the one needed to do it with Bitcoins. Bitcoin uses the SHA-256 algorithm, while the other two use Scrypt, a key derivation function with a password.. The biggest difference between Scrypt and SHA-256, is that you do not need large machines with computing capacity. Hence it does not favor FPGA and ASIC mining, whicharethe ‘heavyweights’ of the world of cryptocurrency mining.
The miners who use FGPA and ASIC use great computing skills in the mathematical problems used for Bitcoin mining. Scrypt, however, has been designed using an algorithm that favors those who mine with CPU and GPU - traditional and home-made machines. As a result of this, it becomes easier to undermine the Feathercoins for those who do not have large sums of money and wish to enter the game of cryptocurrency mining.
The main cause of this is the use that makes ‘Scrypt’ of operations that require a lot of memory, and that are more suitable for CPUs, and that have been adapted to GPUs, for both litecoin and feathercoin.
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