Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Ethereum’s ERC-20 Bridge to Cardano and Why It’s Important

Ethereum’s ERC-20 bridge is expected to bring ETH to Cardano, according to a trending post on Cardano subreddit.

At the moment, decentralized finance (DeFi) is worth more than $75 billion. Most of this value is in the form of Ethereum’s ERC-20 token standard, such as Chainlink (LINK), Tether (USDT), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), among others.

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However, Ethereum network has started to face gas fee issues majorly caused by network congestion. This is why there is a need for bridging ERC-20 tokens to the Cardano network.

Ethereum’s ERC-20 Bridge to Cardano

Ethereum will possibly fail to solve this problem in the short term, so an ERC-20 token bridge is being implemented by Input Output Global (IOG), the software firm behind the development of Cardano (ADA).

The bridge will enable Ethereum ecosystem to leverage a cheaper, faster, and eco-friendly alternative; the Cardano network.

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How Does It Work?

If authorized by the issuer, a converter developed by IOG will turn any ERC-20 token into a native asset with just a few clicks from the user.

With two-way convertibility, the user can “translate” between both types of tokens, maintaining their price.

The Benefits of ERC-20 Bridge to Cardano

  • Allowing Cardano users to invest in ERC-20 tokens without leaving the ecosystem.
  • Making Cardano (ADA) more valuable as its network will have more traffic.
  • Decongesting Ethereum network thus making its gas fees go down.

Read Also: Charles Hoskinson to Announce On Friday When Smart Contracts Will Start Running On Cardano

The Current State of the ERC-20 Token Converter

The converter is currently in the Alonzo testnet. More will come as interoperability becomes the standard of the industry.


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Solomon Odunayo
Solomon Odunayo is a cryptocurrency journalist with over 3 years of experience in the crypto industry. He's sternly interested in covering developments of emerging and established blockchain projects.

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