May 12, 2021

50 years of Intel innovations

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By Conner Forrest From TechRepublic

1. MOS 1101 – 1969

In light of the recent passing of former Intel CEO Andy Grove, and the 40th anniversary of the microprocessor, here’s a look back at Intel’s top contributions to the field.

Just one year after Boy Noyce and Gordon Moore started Intel, the company launched the 1101, its first metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) static RAM.

2. 4004 – 1971

The same year Intel introduced its EPROM technology, it also launched its first microprocessor, the 4004. It was initially advertised in the publication Electronic News.

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3. 8008 – 1972

Intel’s first 8-bit processor, the 8008, made its debut in 1972.

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4. 8080 – 1974

The year Intel launched the 8080 processor, with 4,500 transistors and 10x performance of previous models. It eventually found its way into everyday items like traffic lights.

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5. 8. 8088 – 1981

Intel’s 8088 was the processor chosen by IBM to power its PC line.

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6. iPSC/1 – 1985

Using multiple 286 microprocessors, Intel built the iPSSC/1, its first supercomputer, in 1985. This was later followed up by the iPSC/2.

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7. StrongARM – 1998

Intel’s first low-power processors based on the company’s StrongARM technology came about in 1998, powering products like this Intel Web Tablet. Despite Intel being early to market, ARM surpassed Intel with the growth of the smartphone market.

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8. XScale – 2000

The year 2000 also saw the introduction of the XScale microarchitecture. XScale was important because of its focus on wireless communication. This Colibri PXA270 is based on the XScale architecture.

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9. Intel Inside Macintosh – 2005

The year 2005 marked the transition of Apple’s move from PowerPC to Intel processors, which came to fruition the following year. The move is seen by some as one of the key changes that helped Apple rise in popularity.

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10. Ultrabook – 2011

Basically the PC knock-off version of a MacBook Air, the ultrabook was announced by Intel in 2011 as a three year project. Now, the PC industry has adopted the moniker to refer to most new laptops.

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11. Core M – 2014

At IFA 2014, Intel’s Kirk Skaugen delivered a keynote where he announced the Core M processors. Core M was known for its low power consumption and was geared toward 2-in-1 laptops.

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12. Broadwell-E – 2016?

The next innovation in Intel’s lineup is a rumored 10-core i7 processor known as the Broadwell-E. It will allegedly be debuted at Computex 2016 in Taipei, but nothing’s confirmed yet.

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