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July 11, 2024

Introducing Fractal Network and the Bitcoin Ecosystem

Utilising multi-layer blockchain and zero-knowledge encryption, Fractal Network offers a seamless experience for users. Their technology leverages Bitcoin’s value across layers, enabling fast, low-cost transactions on Layer 2 and complex arbitrage on Layer 1.  Fractal’s commitment to interoperability and the growth of UTXO models benefits all crypto users. For those who don’t know, the Unspent Transaction Output (UTXO) model is a method used by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to track ownership and account balances. Why use it? It offers enhanced privacy when using multiple addresses, predictable resource usage for transaction validation, and enables parallel processing of transactions for scalability, creating a more secure, auditable, and efficient decentralized system.

Fractal Network has also recently joined the UTXO Alliance, a powerhouse collaboration with industry leaders like Cardano, Ergo, Nervos, and Topl. This alliance specifically focuses on making sure that the UTXO model is stable and secure, more reliable, and interoperable while tackling transfer issues and expanding blockchain use cases. By being a part of this alliance, Fractal Network will contribute to the further development of the UTXO model.

One of Fractal Network’s key developments is taking Bitcoin beyond basic transactions’. The introduction of smart contracts to Bitcoin adds programmatic flexibility, transforming it from a simple store of value into a versatile platform. This enhancement allows Bitcoin to support decentralized applications, complex financial instruments, and programmable transactions, expanding its capabilities beyond just being a digital currency.

This move opens up new opportunities for users and developers alike by tapping into Bitcoin’s inherent strengths, all of which contribute to the growth and evolution of the Bitcoin ecosystem.

This is what the Fractal Network is focused on.

RBG++ and Isomorphic Binding

Executing complex smart contracts directly on Bitcoin is…difficult to say the least. The programming language lacks expression and the protocol itself is not designed to have persistent states.  RGB++ acts as an advanced Layer 2 solution for Bitcoin by mapping Bitcoin’s unspent transaction outputs to a secondary UTXO ledger. This allows direct asset transfers without relying on traditional bridge mechanisms like the lock, mint and burn paradigm.

With risk-less bridging (or a protocol “leap”), other recent Bitcoin centred innovations are supercharged. ERC20 and 721 equivalents (Inscriptions, Ordinals and its offspring Runes) bring tokenization capabilities to the Bitcoin ecosystem.

RGB++ and isomorphic binding are at the heart of Fractal Networks UTXO-focused strategy. Isomorphic binding, by executing cross-protocol interactions, allows users to easily move their digital assets between different blockchain ecosystems. This provides greater flexibility and interoperability, making it simpler and more efficient to manage assets across multiple blockchains.

Developers can leverage isomorphic binding to integrate Fractal Network with Bitcoin, transforming Fractal into a Layer 2 chain where complex logic and smart contracts can run efficiently, with Fractal acting as the data availability layer and Bitcoin providing robust security.

Introducing Fragments

Fractal Network is devoted to making Bitcoin fun again by tapping into the various use-cases of Bitcoin. By building Fragments, an inscription launchpad, Fractal aims to bring programmability to inscriptions and BRC-20 style tokens, furthering the growing interest in Bitcoin utility.

Fragments allows users to deploy a BRC20 collection on Fractal Network for a fraction of the cost of launching a similar collection on other UTXO networks. It provides an easy way for users to create, mint, list, and buy inscriptions from various collections.

The marketplace was well received by the community, indicating a strong interest in inscriptions. In a couple of weeks post-launch, dozens of new collections were launched while millions of inscriptions were minted. Fractal also saw over 8,000 new Fractal Browser Extension wallets being installed within a week of the marketplaces launch.

‘Fragments’ expands Bitcoin’s use cases, allowing for more versatile and innovative applications in the blockchain space. It also highlights Fractal Network’s function in fostering innovation and growth within the ecosystem, much similar to what ERC20 tokens did to Ethereum. 

Fractal and DeFi

DeFi is one of the most adopted applications in blockchain. Fractal is building a network of protocols where Secure DeFi is paramount. Initially, Fractal’s EVM chain will hold the decentralized exchanges with the Confluence Bridge (an internal transfer mechanism between Fractal EVM and Fractal UTXO) serving as the in-between. These DEXs will power swaps, lending and borrowing – enabling users to leverage their hoard of bitcoin as a basis for further financial dealings. Add on advancements in tokenizing physical assets, and providing secure, decentralized, self-sovereign identity and Fractal is poised to be a central ecosystem in the merger between the physical and the digital.

As blockchain continues to reshape the digital property landscape, Fractal Network aims to be at the forefront of bringing real property, intellectual property, digital property and identity all together in a single platform and interface. By offering crucial infrastructure to both the UTXO and the EVM community, Fractal’s future is bright.

The bitcoin ecosystem is growing. Thanks to recent advancements, it is evolving rapidly. The shift towards making bitcoin more programmable is a big part of this change, and Fractal Network is leading the way.

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About The Author

Gregory, a digital nomad hailing from Poland, is not only a financial analyst but also a valuable contributor to various online magazines. With a wealth of experience in the financial industry, his insights and expertise have earned him recognition in numerous publications. Utilising his spare time effectively, Gregory is currently dedicated to writing a book about cryptocurrency and blockchain.

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Gregory Pudovsky
Gregory Pudovsky

Gregory, a digital nomad hailing from Poland, is not only a financial analyst but also a valuable contributor to various online magazines. With a wealth of experience in the financial industry, his insights and expertise have earned him recognition in numerous publications. Utilising his spare time effectively, Gregory is currently dedicated to writing a book about cryptocurrency and blockchain.

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