I have already seen reasons why Cryptonight is more resistant to ASICs as compared to SHA256 for example:
- Cryptonight takes advantage of the AES-NI instruction set available on most modern machines
- Cryptonight limits parallelizing hashes due to uses requirement of 2MB of fast memory
Acknowledging the above (largely focused on the lesser relative advantage Cryptonight ASICs would over CPUs/GPUs not the impossibility of creating ASICs) what are the range of cost estimates for ASIC creation?
If low end estimates are easier to make, please share estimates for FPGA creation and FPGA Conversions instead.