ASIC is an acronym for “Application Specific Integrated Circuit”. ASICs are silicon chips specifically designed to do a single task. In the case of bitcoin, they are designed to process SHA-256 hashing problems to mine new bitcoins.
The coronavirus is causing mass disruption throughout Asia and has now been declared a ‘global health emergency’ by the World Health Organisation. The Chinese government have taken drastic isolation measures and over 40 million people are effectively on lockdown. Two major crypto hardware manufacturers have been having difficulties servicing clients from their bases in China.