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- Streamlining Access and Functionality
- Two-Phase Integration Process
- Upgrades Yield Numerous Benefits
Circle, the force behind the widely adopted USDC stablecoin, has introduced a groundbreaking development with the launch of its new 'Bridged USDC Standard.'
Streamlining Access and Functionality
Circle’s new Bridged USDC Standard initiative, as detailed in a recent blog post, aims to simplify the accessibility and functionality of USDC. This move signifies a pivotal step toward optimizing the deployment of USDC across diverse blockchain networks, particularly by leveraging Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) blockchains.
The team at Circle outlined the significance of this new standard on X.com, stating,
"Introducing Bridged USDC Standard, a new way to expand access to $USDC & reduce fragmentation. EVM blockchain & rollup teams can now deploy a bridged USDC token contract with optionality for Circle to seamlessly upgrade to native issuance in the future."
Two-Phase Integration Process
The key aspect addressed by this innovative standard is the seamless deployment of USDC on new networks. The process unfolds in two phases, designed to facilitate the integration of USDC into various blockchain ecosystems.
In the initial phase, third-party developers maintain control over token contracts, with the new network's token backed by a native version on another network. Though unofficial, this phase acts as a proxy to USDC, extending its reach across diverse ecosystems.
The second phase, which may not be universally applied, involves Circle assuming control of these contracts. The token then transitions to being directly backed by Circle's reserves. This eliminates the need for migrations, simplifying the user experience and enhancing network fluidity.
Upgrades Yield Numerous Benefits
Circle emphasizes that this new standard will result in a less fragmented user experience and enhance the stablecoin's compatibility with multiple blockchains through the Cross-Chain Transfer Protocol (CCTP).
Upgrading in-place offers multiple benefits, including the preservation of contract addresses, user balances, and application integrations. Users can enjoy a seamless experience without encountering obstacles such as liquidity fragmentation and migration learning curves.
In fact, developers will be able to build on bridged USDC with a contract address that will persist after an upgrade to native USDC without needing a code change to support a new asset. Other users will be able to store, pay, trade, borrow, and lend with bridged USDC. The team also confirmed that the Bridged USDC Standard is already live on Linea and Scroll testnets and mainnets.
“Circle will expand the standard to support modular EVM architectures and simplify the deployment of new blockchains with a pre-set bridged USDC token contract compatible by default."
In conclusion, Circle's introduction of the Bridged USDC Standard marks a significant advancement in optimizing the deployment of USDC across blockchain networks, ensuring a more streamlined and user-friendly experience for developers and users alike.
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