July 28, 2008

Four Decades of Intel Creativity

INTEL Corp celebrated its 40th anniversary two weeks ago. Along the way, the company became a household name with the Intel Inside campaign, invented the microprocessor, and put billions of transistors on a single chip. Today, the microprocessor is at the heart of an ever-expanding digital world that enables people to connect in amazing new ways and to achieve previously unimagined gains in productivity.

Since it was founded in 1968, Intel Corp has been challenging the status quo. Each new generation of its processors offers amazing performance, energy efficiency and more capabilities - unlocking new possibilities for people around the world.

The company is always investing in new areas where it believes that the application of the highly integrated Intel architecture will create a better future for the world.

These include:

* Energy-efficient, low-cost mobile Internet devices and ultra- mobile PCs that enable people to communicate, enjoy digital media and access the Internet wirelessly.

* New types of consumer electronics devices that combine entertainment functions with Internet connectivity.

* Scalable, high-performance visual computing solutions that integrate vivid graphics and supercomputing performance for scientific and other computerintensive applications.

* Low-cost PCs designed to meet the needs of first-time computer users, particularly in emerging markets.


2008 The Intel Atom, a family of smallest low-power processors, debuts for mobile Internet devices, Netbooks and Nettops.

2007 Intel's 45-nanometre manufacturing breakthrough and Hi-K metal gate silicon technology redefine transistors for lead-free Intel Core 2 Extreme and Intel Xeon processors.

2006 The QuadCore Intel Xeon 5300 and Core 2 Extreme processors kick off the multi-core era.

2003 Intel Centrino mobile technology brings high performance, long battery life and integrated wireless local area network capability to thinner, lighter portable PCs; and helps make wireless Internet connectivity easier and more prevalent.

2001 The Intel Itanium and Xeon processors launch, bringing better performance to servers and workstations.

1999 The Intel Pentium II and Pentium II Xeon processors offer another generation of performance.

1998 The Intel Pentium II Xeon processor powers mid-range and high-end workstations and servers.

1995 The Intel Pentium Pro processor powers up the 32-bit workstation and server market.

1993 The Intel Pentium processor launch, becoming part of the multimedia revolution.

1991 The Intel Inside campaign launch.

1989 The Intel i860 processor is the first commercial microprocessor with over one million transistors.

1985 Intel unveils the 32-bit Intel 386 microprocessor that can run multiple software programs simultaneously.

1981 IBM selects the Intel 8088 processor for its first PC.

1980 Intel, Digital Equipment Corp and Xerox co-develop Ethernet to make it easier for computers to communicate with each other.

1978 Intel introduces the Intel 8086 processor, which becomes an industry standard.

1977 The Intel 2910 processor, the first single-chip codec, sets a new telecom standard.

1976 Industry's first micro-controllers, the 8748 and 8048, arrive.

1974 The Intel 8080, considered by many to be the first true generalpurpose microprocessor, enters the market in everything from stoplights to cash registers.

1972 The Intel 8008 arrives as the first eight-bit microprocessor.

1971 Intel launches its first microprocessor - the 4004.

1969 Intel's first product, the 3101 Schottky bipolar random access memory, and the famous "dropped-e" logo are born.

1968 Gordon Moore and physicist Robert Noyce founded Intel, which is short for INTegrated ELectronics.

1965 Gordon Moore, physicist and chemist at Fairchild Semiconductor, made an important observation, later known as Moore's Law, that revolutionised computer hardware.

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