Polygon has unveiled what it deems the "most important reveal" of 2022: Polygon zkEVM, the first EVM-equivalent of Layer 2 ZK (zero-knowledge).
We are proud to announce a giant leap forward for Ethereum scaling and ZK innovation.— Polygon - MATIC 💚 (@0xPolygon) July 20, 2022
Introducing Polygon #zkEVM, the first EVM-equivalent ZK L2.
Today we’re releasing a complete implementation, fully open-source, and we’re just getting started.
Ahead of the reveal, Polygon co-founder Mihailo Bjelic tweeted on July 17: "When we started Polygon, the Ethereum community embraced us. That empowered us to onboard 30,000 apps and 150 million users and become a giant among scaling efforts and alt L1s. We made a promise to stay committed and give back to Ethereum."
When we started @0xPolygon, the Ethereum community embraced us. That empowered us to onboard 30k apps and 150M users and become a giant among scaling efforts and alt L1s.— Mihailo Bjelic (@MihailoBjelic) July 17, 2022
We made a promise to stay committed and give back to Ethereum.
In 3 days, we are delivering on that. 🦄💫 pic.twitter.com/hRBN8DOVF7
He further states that Polygon's tech team has been quietly working on the latest release, which he refers to as the "Holy Grail of blockchain infrastructure," for over a year.
The new release focuses on advancing Ethereum scaling and ZK innovation, which it believes will help users experience significantly lower costs and faster speeds. The team describes the Polygon zkEVM's features in a blog post, claiming that it enables developers to build and deploy numerous smart contracts in the same manner as they would on Ethereum.
Additionally, Polygon zkEVM will offer Ethereum-supported tooling, enabling users to perform any action as they would on Ethereum at a lesser cost and faster rate. A ZK validity proof might be used for verification on the Ethereum network. The Polygon zkEVM is referred to as "Ethereum, but with ZK scalability" in the passage.
The testnet is slated to launch soon, according to the blog post, allowing developers and the community to explore possibilities and make improvements.
Polygon's MATIC price is yet to respond to the big news, but the price remains up nearly 64% in the last seven days. MATIC was trading down 1.06% at $0.92 at press time.
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