30 November 2021 
                      Quantum Blockchain Technologies Plc 
                           ("QBT" or "the Company") 
                        NDA signed to provide QBT with 
              5nm Technology for Proprietary Bitcoin mining ASIC 
The board of Quantum Blockchain Technologies (AIM: QBT) is pleased to announce 
that it has made the key decision to focus on the development of the more 
efficient 5nm Application-Specific Integrated Circuit ("ASIC"), rather than a 
7nm ASIC (as announced on 5 November 2021), to use as its proprietary Bitcoin 
mining tool. 
This decision was taken following a recent market announcement by a leading 
international Bitcoin mining equipment manufacturer that it will use 5nm ASICs 
for its the next generation of Bitcoin miners, which it expects to release in 
the second half of 2022.  Accordingly, QBT has updated its development 
programme for the prototyping and industrial manufacturing of its proprietary 
Bitcoin mining, to use the 5nm ASIC. 
Based on the Company's internal projections, it believes that its previously 
planned optimised 7nm ASIC, would run at the same speed as the proposed 5nm 
ASIC, as announced by the above-mentioned Bitcoin miner manufacturer; this 
calculation is assuming the same number of ASICs will be used in the next 
mining model, as the above-mentioned miner currently applies to its existing 
The rationale to move from a 7nm to 5nm, is because the estimated speed of 
QBT's proprietary Bitcoin mining ASIC is expected to be at least twice as fast 
as the leading international Bitcoin miner manufacturer, before taking into 
account the optimisations of a second patent under development, which are yet 
to be factored in. 
The Company will, therefore, move directly to developing a 5nm ASIC prototype, 
although it will still consider a phase of testing, as an intermediate step, on 
the 12nm ASIC, as announced on 5 November 2021. 
A Non-Disclosure Agreement ("NDA") has been signed with an international 
research & development organisation, which is active in the field of 
nanoelectronics, and which will give the Company access to one of the few 5nm 
semiconductor fabrication plants currently operational in the world. 
The Company recognises that this significant step change, from 7nm to 5nm will, 
with regards to industrial production be significantly more expensive than its 
original strategy. However, as a first step, the initial phase of prototype 
testing of a 5nm ASIC will not cost the Company much more than the same process 
for a 7nm ASIC. 
Assuming that the second patent application is filed by the Company's 
cryptography expert by the end of February 2022, a first 5nm prototype, which 
would include all the improvements of both QBT's first (ASIC UltraBoost) and 
second patent application, could be ready for manufacture in Q3 2022. 
Detailed calculations on the energy consumption will be available only at the 
end of the ASIC design phase, before the small batch manufacturing of a 
prototype, when the ASIC software development platform will be able to perform 
a realistic estimate. 
Francesco Gardin, CEO and Executive Chairman of QBT, commented: "Access to the 
5nm technology for our ASIC Bitcoin mining chip is, after careful 
consideration, the natural choice for QBT in 2022. While the 12nm prototype is 
still an easy and relatively low-cost option, which we may still use for 
strategic 'time-to-mine' testing and early mining, the 5nm ASIC is now 
definitely our target. 
"We have quickly identified a major international supplier, which will give us 
access to the 5nm technology and support our design team, given the very 
specific features and know-how involved when designing a 5nm ASIC. By entering 
into an NDA with this party, we can now begin the assessment of the timeline of 
the project, including the costs to produce a 5nm prototype and take it to 
industrial production. 
"We continue to move fast to develop our disruptive Bitcoin mining strategy, of 
which the ASIC component is one of the key directions of our multidisciplinary 
cross-fertilising R&D approach." 
"This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of 
the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law 
by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed 
in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR" 
For further information please contact: 
Quantum Blockchain Technologies Plc 
Francesco Gardin, CEO and Executive Chairman 
              +39 335 296 573 
SP Angel Corporate Finance 
(Nominated Adviser & Broker) Jeff Keating 
        +44 (0)20 3470 0470 
Leander (Financial PR) 
        +44 (0) 7795 168 157 
About Quantum Blockchain Technologies Plc 
QBT (AIM: QBT) is an AIM listed investment company which has recently realigned 
its strategic focus to technology related investments, with special regard to 
Quantum computing, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and AI sectors. The Company has 
commenced an aggressive R&D and investment programme in the dynamic world of 
Blockchain Technology, which includes cryptocurrency mining and other advanced 
blockchain applications. 
Glossary of Terms: 
ASIC: An Application-Specific Integrated Circuit is an integrated circuit chip 
customized for a particular use, rather than intended for general-purpose use. 
ASIC chips are typically fabricated using metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) 
technology, as MOS integrated circuit chips 
FPGA: A field-programmable gate array is an integrated circuit designed to be 
configured by a customer or a designer after manufacturing - hence the term 
"field-programmable". The FPGA configuration is generally specified using a 
hardware description language (HDL), similar to that used for an 
application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). 
Nanometer: A nanometer is a unit of measurement that is equivalent to one 
billionth of a meter. It is widely used as a scale for building tiny, complex, 
and atomic-scale computing and electronic components, such as ASIC chips. 
SHA256: Secure Hashing Algorithm (SHA) -256 is the hash function and mining 
algorithm of the Bitcoin protocol, referring to the cryptographic hash function 
that outputs a 256 bits long value. 

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