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BNB Beacon Chain

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Understand BNB Beacon Chain is
  • Understand the key features of BNB Beacon Chain
  • Understand the benefits of BNB Beacon Chain


BNB Chain is an ecosystem of blockchains that target different issues of the blockchain trilemma. The first component introduced under the BNB Chain was the BNB Beacon Chain. BNB Beacon chain was initially introduced to run paralle to the decentralized exchange and provide near real-time transactions. Today, BNB Beacon Chain is the staking and governance layer of the BNB ecosystem.

What is BNB Beacon Chain

Beacon Chain is a blockchain developed by its community that implements the staking and governance layer of BNB ecosystem. As a beacon chain, it has a flexible set of native assets and pluggable modules for governance, staking and etc. It uses Tendermint for consensus and app logic is built upon Cosmos SDK. It targets fast block times, a native dApp layer and multi-token support with no smart contract VM.

Key Features of BNB Beacon Chain

BNB Beacon Chain implements the following features:

  • Sending and receiving BNB and digital assets
  • Issuing new digital assets (we have a standard called BEP-2 and BEP-8)
  • Mint/burn, freeze/unfreeze, lock/unlock of digital assets
  • Goverenance for beacon chain and side chains
  • Staking of side chains
  • Cross chain transfers and communications

Beacon Chain also includes efforts to implement listing assets from other chains, and cryptographic primitives such as threshold signatures.

Benefits for Developers and Users

There are several advantages of BNB Beacon Chain, including:

  • Scalability: The BNB Beacon Chain allows for parallel processing of transactions, which can help to improve the scalability of the network. This can enable more transactions to be processed per second, which can help to reduce congestion on the network and improve the user experience.

  • Interoperability: The BNB Beacon Chain enables communication and data transfer between different blockchain networks, which can help to improve interoperability between different platforms. This can enable the transfer of assets and data between different networks, which can help to create a more connected and efficient blockchain ecosystem.

  • Security: The BNB Beacon Chain operates on a Proof of Stake (PoS) consensus algorithm, which can help to improve the security of the network. PoS consensus relies on validators staking their tokens to validate transactions and secure the network, which can help to reduce the risk of attacks and hacking.

  • Speed: The BNB Beacon Chain can process transactions in near real-time, which can help to improve the speed and efficiency of the network. This can enable users to transfer assets and data quickly and easily, which can help to improve the overall user experience.

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