Category: Intel

Intel is a semiconductor company based in Mountain View California. It was established on July 18, 1968. Even though it makes several computer chips for many products (like computer memory SRAM and DRAM), it’s most noted for the x86 and Pentium line of processors.

Reference: Wikipedia – Intel

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March 22, 1981: RCA Selectavision Videodisc

1981 – The first vinyl video record, a.k.a. the videodisc, hit stores in the U.S. The “Capacitance Electronic Disc” looked just like any other vinyl record protected in a plastic caddy and held 60 minutes of NTSC video. That is approximately 27,000 frames per second. However, the CED players did not make the impact RCA had hoped. Only 100,000 were sold by the end of the year. The “BetaMax vs. VHS” war was in full swing and the tapes were considerably smaller than the discs. Laserdisc was also available to the public, which led to a lot of confusion of formats....

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February 26, 1999: Intel Pentium III

1999 – Intel introduces the Pentium III processor. This is based on the sixth generation P6 microarchetecture. The 32-bit x86 “Katmai” (code-name) had a 250 nanometer core, added 2 million more transistors (9.5 million total), improved the L1 cache and followed the cartridge architecture of the Pentium II. Pentium III processors included Coppermine in 2000, and Tualatin in 2001. Processor speeds went from 450 MHz to 1.4 GHz with a 100-133 front side bus. It also ran IA-32, MMX and SSE instruction sets. The processor was ultimately was replaced with the Pentium 4 in 2000. Editors note: This was first thought...

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November 15, 1971: Intel 4004 Microprocessor

1971 – Intel announced the 4004 microprocessor in an ad in Electronic News Magazine. Intel called it a micro-programmable computer on a chip, this was the first single-chip processor. It was also concidered to be the precursor to the x86 processor. The 4004 was followed with the 8008, 8080 and 8085 processors. Federico Faggin was the chip lead designer. He holds 2 of the chip’s patents.The 4004 could run 60,000 interactions per second (0.06 MIP). The clock rate on the chip was 108 KHz and was accompanied by the Intel RAM chip. It only cost $200. The chip made it’s debut on...

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November 1, 1995: Pentium Pro, IBM PCjr Introduced

Intel announced in 1995 the next generation processor – the Pentium Pro. Unlike the Pentium, the Pentium Pro was a chip designed for 32-bit architecture, so Windows 95 and Windows NT could run true.  The processor ran between 150-200 MHz, with a bus speed of 60 MHz (for 150 or 180 MHz processor) or 66MHz (for 166 or 200 MHz processor). The processor used a .35 micron process and prices started at $974 to $1989. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 1 2008 – Novell Open SUSE Community elected board 1996 – DEC sues AltaVista 1983 – The...

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October 17, 1985: Intel 80386DX Processor

1985– Intel released the 80386 DX processor. The 275,000 transistor chip was a big jump from the 20 MHz 286. It contained the ability to address up to 4 GB of memory and had a bigger instruction set.  The chip would be released, but most people wouldn’t see the processor until Spring of 1986Interesting enough – the 386 chip was finally discontinued in the Fall of 2007. The chip was used after personal computer days to power many embedded systems. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 17 Texas Instruments “afternoon with TI management” IMDB is formed (sort...

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June 1, 2009: Psion, Intel – Settle Issues on Netbook

2009 – Back in 1996, Psion trademarked the term “Netbook” to reflect a line of sub-notebook computers. Equipped with a StrongARM processor, the netbook debuted in 1999. However, Psion decided to shelve the device after the 2003 version (Netbook Pro) didn’t meet expectation. Therefore, when Intel decided to dub the term “Netbook”, Psion brought forward the trademark. However, after weighing in on options, Psion decided to drop the case and let Intel use the netbook name. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 1 [dithgtcarbon] Steve Jobs becomes the major apple shareholder with 1.5 million MN city makes...

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