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Circle launches USDC stablecoin on Polkadot Asset Hub

USD Coin (USDC), the second-largest stablecoin by market capitalization after Tether (USDT), continues increasing throughout totally different blockchain networks, now being launched on Polkadot.

USDC issuer Circle has formally launched USD Coin on the Polkadot community, the agency introduced on Sept. 19. In accordance to the Circle’s web site, Polkadot USDC is instantly out there for builders and customers because the stablecoin can now be transferred to parachains in Polkadot by way of the XCM protocol utilizing Circle Account and Circle APIs.

In accordance with the announcement, PolkadotUSDC is natively issued on Polkadot Asset Hub, a standard parachain that’s designed for issuing, managing, and transferring digital property throughout the Polkadot ecosystem.

Circle confused that Circle Account and Circle APIs solely help Polkadot USDC natively issued on Polkadot Asset Hub within the Polkadot ecosystem. Because of this customers should switch USDC from their Circle Account to an exterior Polkadot Asset Hub pockets tackle previous to utilizing XCM.

When transferring USDT from Polkadot Asset Hub to different parachains by way of XCM, customers should switch again to Polkadot Asset Hub by way of XCM previous to depositing into their Circle Account, Circle mentioned, including:

“Please don’t try and deposit XCM-transferred USDC from a parachain aside from Polkadot Asset Hub to your Circle Account, because it will not be recoverable and will lead to a lack of funds.”

Polkadot help on USDC is yet one more addition to the U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin. With the newest addition, USDC now helps a complete of 14 numerous blockchain networks, together with Ethereum, Tron, Stellar, Solana and others.

Equally to different blockchain integrations, the newest integration with Polkadot goals to keep up Circle as a serious interoperable cryptocurrency in addition to help low value funds. The addition of Polkadot options buying and selling, borrowing and lending on parachains like Centrifuge, HydraDX and Moonbeam.

Launched in 2020, Polkadot is a community of a number of impartial blockchains, additionally known as parachains. Such blockchains function in parallel with one another to permit for quicker transactions whereas benefiting from Polkadot’s total safety and decentralization.

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The variety of blockchains supported by USDC is now increased than the variety of networks supported by rival stablecoin USDT, which helps a complete of 11 networks on the time of writing. In August 2023, USDT issuer Tether stopped minting the stablecoin on three blockchains, together with Bitcoin Omni Layer, Bitcoin Money and Kusama. The agency cited lack of curiosity from customers.

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