Casa Startup Updates Bitcoin Lightning Nodes After 2000 in Sales
Casa, a bitcoin custody provider and manufacturer of lightning hardware nodes, the scaling layer of bitcoin, is launching a new flagship device model.
According to Casa CEO Jeremy Welch, the new node will process transactions faster due to its larger storage unit (4 GB versus 1 GB of current node), improved processor, and new software.
Additionally, unlike the current version, a built-in BTCPay client will be available to the new node, which is a self-hosted crypto payment processor to accept bitcoin payments, Welch said. It is hoped that new features will make the entire experience of opening lightning channels and sending funds much smoother, he said, adding, “It’s like going from iPhone 3 to iPhone 11.”
The new node has been in the development for about six months and comes in response to a growing community of lightning users, said Welch. This community, according to Welch, ranges “from young software engineers to older people, from doctors to students.”
Casa has delivered over 2,000 units to customers in over 65 countries since the company started selling the lightning nodes last fall, according to Welch. But, the firm is unable to see where all these nodes ended up plugging into the network.
Lightning is an experimental network for quicker bitcoin transactions that allows users to open channels between themselves by staking the bitcoin they want to use. Only the final settlement details are reported on the Bitcoin blockchain – not every minor transaction.