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Virtual currency boom lifts demand for high-performance chips

Government regulation looms, raising uncertainty for broader industry

Virtual currency miners use souped-up computer setups like this.

TOKYO -- Demand for semiconductors is growing, thanks to the booming market for virtual currencies.

"Miners," who solve the mathematical problems that verify virtual currency transactions, crunch the numbers using computers equipped with high-performance chips, such as graphics processing units, or GPUs.

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