# Cronos Testnet
Crypto.com introduces the new testnet of Cronos, the Crypto.org EVM compatible chain, on 20 July 2021.
Cronos is the EVM compatible chain running in parallel to the Crypto.org Chain (opens new window). It aims to massively scale the Chain DeFi ecosystem, by providing developers with the ability to rapidly port apps from Ethereum and EVM-compatible chains, with funding from Particle B’s $100m EVM fund (opens new window) and access to the 10M+ user base of the Crypto.com ecosystem.
# Cronos on Ethermint
Cronos is powered by Ethermint (opens new window), which allows rapid porting of apps & smart contracts from Ethereum and EVM-compatible chains. Cronos base settlement currency will be CRO, the native currency of the Crypto.org Chain. The Inter Blockchain Communications (IBC) protocol enables interoperability and bridging to the Crypto.org Chain: a fully decentralised, open-source, energy efficient public chain with high speed and extremely low fees. It also allows interoperating with other IBC-enabled chains (e.g., Cosmos Hub).
EVM Compatible - Ethereum developers are used to smart contract capabilities as Ethermint can support any smart contracts, DAOs or Dapps deployed on Ethereum.
Scalable - Tendermint can process way more transactions per minute than the EVM, making it faster, cheaper and greener to execute smart contracts.
Interoperable - IBC is a protocol that allows blockchains to talk to each other; interoperate and transfer value, interchange assets and services, and connect without running into the scaling issues inherent in some of the largest blockchains today.
Easy deployment - Users can follow the deployment instruction to quickly and easily deploy Cronos testnet for their own using purposes.
Crypto.com ecosystem - 10 million users + ecosystem
Crypto.com community Support - Finance + Audit