Frax Finance to launch Ethereum Layer 2 named Fraxchain

Quick Take

  • Stablecoin project Frax Finance plans to rollout its own blockchain named Fraxchain.
  • Fraxchain is designed as a Layer 2 rollup deriving its security from the Ethereum mainnet.

The team behind Frax Finance, known for creating the Frax stablecoin, has unveiled its strategy to introduce a Layer 2 blockchain: Fraxchain.

The team said the network will be directed towards creating a smart contract platform with a strong emphasis on decentralized finance. “Fraxchain essentially represents the culmination of the entire Frax ecosystem and all of the traction and usage that we’ve gained,” Frax founder Sam Kazemian told The Block.

The network is expected be ready by the end of the year. Fraxchain’s governance will be led by the holders of Frax Shares (FXS) tokens. The network will employ the use of the Frax stablecoin and Frax Ether, Frax's liquid staking derivative, for transaction fees. Furthermore, fees generated by the roll-up network could be partly burned or redirected back to the Ethereum mainnet to be distributed among stakers of FXS governance token, Kazemian added. 

Incorporating a Layer 2 rollup model in its design, Fraxchain will publish state roots to the Ethereum mainnet for securing the network.


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Fraxchain will incorporate decentralized sequencers. These sequencers are specialized nodes responsible for ordering transactions into batches in a rollup network. They will be operated by any entity chosen via a governance vote. This feature, according to Kazemian, will differentiate Fraxchain from other Layer 2 solutions on Ethereum, which typically depend on a single sequencer.

“Fraxchain proposes a solution where sequencer roles can be auctioned off and rotated, creating a decentralized sequencer base. If a sequencer is forced to shut down, Fraxchain would allow the next elected sequencer to pick up from where the previous one left off,” Kazemian said. 

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Vishal Chawla is The Block’s crypto ecosystems editor and has spent over six years covering tech protocols, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Vishal likes to delve deep into blockchain intricacies to ensure readers are well-informed about the continuously evolving crypto landscape. He is also a staunch advocate for rigorous security practices in the space. Before joining The Block, Vishal held positions at IDG ComputerWorld, CIO, and Crypto Briefing. He can be reached on Twitter at @vishal4c and via email at [email protected]


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