Ethereum developer Alex Stokes on Wednesday said the EIP-4895 has been updated in preparation for deployment in the next planned Ethereum Shanghai upgrade. The update supports validator withdrawals from the Beacon Chain to the EVM through a new “system-level” operation. Presently, the Beacon Chain supports ETH staking, the upgrade prepares the chain for the ETH withdrawals.
EIP-4895 Updated for ETH Withdrawals on Beacon Chain
The Beacon Chain was launched on December 1, 2020, to enable Ethereum (ETH) staking. Also, the chain was introduced to transition Ethereum from proof-of-work (PoW) to energy-efficient proof-of-stake (PoS) through the Merge.
While the Beacon Chain enables ETH staking, it lacks withdrawals for the ETH staked. The “EIP-4895: Beacon Chain Push Withdrawals as Operations” enables support for validator withdrawals from the Beacon Chain to the EVM through a new “system-level” operation type.
While the Shanghai Upgrade has critical Ethereum Improvement Proposals including EIP-3540, EIP- 3074, and EIP-3670, the EIP-4895 is the most important for investors. The withdrawn tokens are represented as an “operation” or a new object in the block.
Moreover, users will be able to withdraw staked ETH tokens without gas fees. The limitations on the maximum number of withdrawal transactions enable low operational costs and negligible gas fees.
Execution clients need to introduce extensions including “withdrawal”, “withdrawals”, and “withdrawals root” to payload validation and processing. Any issue in extension will prevent consensus-layer to execution-layer ETH transfer. Moreover, developers have found no issues with “backwards compatibility”.
With the Merge now completed, developers will focus on the Surge, Verge, Purge, and Splurge phases.
Ethereum (ETH) Price Tumbled After the Merge
The Ethereum (ETH) price tumbled after the Merge, with the price falling to a low of $1,287. The sell-off by whales and macroeconomic factors plunges the ETH price.
At the time of writing, the ETH price is trading at $1,326, still below the key support level. With the Fed probably announcing a 75 bps hike today, the ETH price is most likely to dive further as the U.S. dollar index has hit a 20-year-high.
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