On Aug 26, Ripple (XRP) partner Flare Networks revealed details of a proposed new bridge connecting XRP with the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain. Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse and the XRP Army have expressed support for the first two-way bridge to bring the ecosystems together.
The trustless bridge will allow XRP on the Flare Network — known as FXRP — to be used within the Ethereum network, while “providing a scaling platform for Ethereum tokens and applications”.
Flare is a network that integrates the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) in order to provide advanced smart contracts on the XRP network.
The proposal, which needs to be approved by the Ripple Foundation, will be the group’s first governance proposal and has met mostly positive feedback from the community, with Twitter user ‘Tristan’ commenting, “As soon as it’s done. I’m moving all my apps & smart contracts over”.
But some users, like ‘JGrim’ question if a connection to Ethereum was needed at all saying that “it will only slow down the Flare network.” Ethereum’s fees have hit $99 for some DeFi users recently amid network congestion.
Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse said that Flare will offer users the best of both worlds:
“From my point of view Flare is combining the best of XRP (VERY fast settlement), Ethereum (smart contracts) and Avalanche (for consensus) which helps extend XRP’s utility and allows developers to create smart contracts for new use cases like lending and defi”
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