Circle, the issuer behind USD Coin (USDC), has officially introduced Polkadot USDC, the latest version of its U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin, to the Polkadot network.
This addition to Polkadot's ecosystem offers developers and users a dollar-backed stablecoin redeemable on a 1:1 ratio for U.S. dollars, reinforcing ambitions to grow its interoperability initiatives.
, a decentralized platform launched in 2020, features a network of sovereign blockchains, known as parachains. These parachains work in tandem to facilitate faster transactions, leveraging Polkadot’s robust security and decentralization. A pivotal element within , the Polkadot Asset Hub, has been specifically crafted to oversee the issuance, management, and movement of digital assets. The newly launched Polkadot USDC is natively issued on this hub, simplifying the process for users to transfer funds to parachains through the XCM protocol.
Exchanges, institutional traders, developers, and digital wallet holders can tap into Polkadot USDC using Circle's tools, such as the Circle Account and . This integration opens the door to various applications, including what Circle claims as cost-effective and efficient global payments and remittances, 24/7 trading with borrowing and lending functionalities across compatible parachains (for platforms such as , HydraDX, and ), as well as a stable alternative for storing USD value on a blockchain-based platform.
Despite this, however, Circle has outlined several limitations and specifications for its new integration. Only Polkadot USDC issued on the Polkadot Asset Hub will be supported by Circle's offerings. Users must ensure that transfers are made from their Circle Account to an external Polkadot Asset Hub wallet address before initiating the XCM protocol.
Notably, if users wish to transfer USDC from the Polkadot Asset Hub to other parachains via XCM, they need to revert back to Polkadot Asset Hub using XCM before depositing funds back into their Circle Account.
In terms of global adoption, USDC's expansion to the Polkadot network takes its tally of supported blockchains to 14, including major chains such as , , , and . This move puts USDC ahead of its main competitor, USDT, which currently operates on 11 networks. Tether, the company behind USDT, recently ceased its stablecoin issuance on three platforms - Bitcoin Omni Layer, Bitcoin Cash, and Kusama, attributing the decision to a waning user interest.
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