This year is the 40th anniversary of Intel’s birth. Does anyone remember their very first chip? Below is a recap, based on information in a PC Magazine article.

YEAR

MODEL

NOTABLE

NOTABLE

1971 4004 400 khz 1st microprocessor
1974 8080 traffic light controllers Altair computer
1979 8088 5 mhz; 8 mhz IBM PC & clones
1982 80286 compatible with 8088 new processor family
1985 386 DX first 32 bit processor 275,000 transistors
1989 486 DX math co-processor
1994 Pentium up to 100 mhz
1995 Pentium Pro 2nd cache memory chip 5.5 million transistors
1996 Pentium II MMX technology 7.5 millions transistors
1998 Pentium II Xeon scale 4 to 8 processors workstations & servers
1999 Pentium III 500 mhz 9.5 million transistors
2000 Celeron portable PC’s performance + price
2000 Pentium 4 1.5 ghz 42 million transistors
2002 Pentium 4 3.06 ghz hyper-threading
2004 Pentium M Centrino technology low voltage technology
2005 Pentium 4 Extreme 3.8 ghz for gamers
2005 Pentium D 800 dual-core technology
2006 Core Duo speed efficient design
2007 Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 ghz leading edge high-end gaming
2008 Atom Z540 ultra-mobile pc’s smallest chip

What’s really amazing, looking at the table, is the number of transistors that can now be placed on a chip, 42 million versus 275,000 only twenty years ago.

Intel was founded on July 18th, 1968 by Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore. It’s name is an acronym for Integrated Electronics. Gordon Moore is also well know for Moore’s law, which states that the number of transistors that can be inexpensively place on an integrated circuit increases exponentially, doubling every two years.

Intel has 100,000 employees and is in the Top 50 on the Fortune 500 list.

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