9 Apr, 24

What is the NEO Crypto?

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NEO, often hailed as the “Ethereum of China,” is a powerful player in the realm of cryptocurrencies. With its innovative approach to utilizing blockchain technology for the development of decentralized applications (dApps) and smart contracts, NEO has carved out a unique space for itself in the digital asset world.

NEO’s Foundation and Evolution

Launched initially as Antshares in 2014 by Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang, NEO was rebranded in 2017 to reflect its evolved vision of combining the ancient with the futuristic. The project aimed at establishing a smart economy by digitizing assets and automating their management through smart contracts. With a total supply of 100 million tokens established at its genesis, NEO set forth a unique economic model​.

Technical Framework and Consensus Mechanism

At its core, NEO distinguishes itself with a dual-token mechanism comprising NEO and GAS tokens, where the former is used for voting rights within the network and the latter for paying transaction fees. The network is powered by a Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerant (dBFT) consensus mechanism, enabling it to support a large volume of transactions with improved efficiency and security. This consensus model allows for up to 10,000 transactions per second, showcasing NEO’s capability to scale​.

Smart Contracts and dApp Development

NEO’s platform is designed to be developer-friendly, allowing for smart contract development in several popular programming languages without requiring learning a new language. This inclusivity promotes a wider adoption among developers, enabling them to create a variety of dApps across multiple sectors, including finance, identity verification, and more. NEO’s commitment to creating a seamless development environment is evident in its robust support for smart contracts, which are crucial for automating digital asset management​.

Governance and Economic Model

The governance of the NEO network is facilitated through a unique system where NEO token holders have a say in the network’s decisions, including upgrades and parameter changes. This is made possible through the staking mechanism, where staked NEO tokens grant voting rights. The economic incentive is provided by the GAS tokens, which are generated with each new block added to the blockchain and distributed to NEO holders. This dual-token system ensures that while the network remains secure and decentralized, participants are also rewarded for their contributions​.


NEO’s vision of a smart economy is not just ambitious but grounded in a robust technological foundation that supports high transaction throughput, multi-language support for smart contracts, and a unique consensus mechanism. As NEO continues to evolve, it remains a key player in the blockchain space, offering compelling solutions for developers and investors alike.


  1. What is the primary purpose of NEO?
    • NEO aims to build a smart economy by digitizing assets on its blockchain, where they can be managed and transacted through smart contracts and dApps.
  2. How does NEO’s consensus mechanism work?
    • NEO utilizes a Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerant (dBFT) consensus mechanism that ensures quick and secure transactions by allowing selected nodes to validate transactions​.
  3. Can NEO be divided into smaller units?
    • Unlike many other cryptocurrencies, NEO cannot be divided into smaller units. The smallest unit is 1 NEO​.
  4. What are GAS tokens, and how are they generated?
    • GAS tokens are used to pay for transaction fees on the NEO network and are generated with each new block. NEO holders receive GAS tokens as a form of dividend​.
  5. What makes NEO attractive to developers?
    • NEO’s platform allows developers to create smart contracts and dApps in familiar programming languages, lowering the barrier to entry and encouraging broader participation in the NEO ecosystem​.

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