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20 Interesting Facts About Intel

Intel is an American multinational technology company which is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, in Silicon Valley. It is the highest-valued and World’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturer on the basis of revenue. It is also the developer of the x86 series of microprocessors which are found in most personal computers today. Intel supplies microprocessors to all leading technology companies like Apple, Microsoft, Lenovo, Hp, and dell. It was founded on 18th July 1968 by two semiconductor pioneers named as Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce.

  1. The founder of the company named the company as N M Electronics, but by the end of the month it was founded, they changed the name to Intel.
  2. Intel is a short form for Integrated Electronics.
  3. In the year 1970, Intel purchased a pear orchard to build their corporate headquarters and eventually grew to include several buildings. Originally, the street was called the Coffin Road, but the street was renamed afterward.
  4. Intel 4004 was the first single-chip microprocessor that was launched in the year 1971. The Pioneer 10 spacecraft used the 4004 microprocessor to compute their journey.
  5. The 4004 processor was clocked at 740 kHz and employs at 10 ┬Ám. The processor was capable of executing 92,000 instructions per second and also capable to access 4Kb of program memory and 640 bytes of RAM.
  6. The early processor that was super hit was the Intel 8088, which was introduced in the year 1979 and incorporated into the IBM PC.
  7. The manufacturing cost of the 4004 processor was $5, which counts $26 at the present time.
  8. In 1993, Intel released the Pentium processor series. It was a 60 MHz processor incorporating 3.2 million transistors and was sold at a price of $878 per processor.
  9. Andrew Grove, former Chairman of Intel Corporation, was flooded with over 120 names to choose from for its latest processor. He finally settled on ‘Pentium’.
  10. The first processor to implement Intel 64 bit architecture was the multi-socket processor Xeon code-named Nocona and started manufacturing in June 2004.
  11. Intel’s Flying Pentium Ads and the ‘Intel Inside’ logo were all made on Apple Macintosh computers.
  12. The Co-founder of Intel Gordon Moore is widely known for its prediction known as the “Moore Law.” According to the law, he predicted that the number of transistors the industry can put in the modern CPU would double each year.
  13. Intel’s code name for its effort to make the one GHz microprocessor was codenamed, Project Foster.
  14. Micral N was the first computer that was built on Intel processor 8008. This personal computer was built in 1972, and more than 90,000 units of these computers were sold.
  15. The average cost of making one chip at Intel’s facility is about $40.
  16. Intel is ranked on 46th number in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.
  17. Intel manufactures all its chips in a room known as the cleanroom, which is many time clean than a hospital. The employees in this room have to wear special bunny suits to prevent any kind of dirt from entering the room.
  18. Intel is the biggest sponsor of the Linux kernel with a 12.9 percent share.
  19. The company aims to reach their energy needs completely on renewable green energy and zero waste by the year 2020.
  20. The Core i7-8086K processor has over 3 billion transistors and is clocked at 5 GHz, which is way more than the early processors Intel use to manufacture.
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