Computer History Time: Intel’s 4004 Turns 50 1

Computer History Time: Intel’s 4004 Turns 50

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Computer History Time: Intel’s 4004 Turns 50 2

The Chip that Changed the World

Intel is commemorating the 50th anniversary of their 4004 microprocessor, and for those unfamiliar this is the product that spearheaded the entire PC industry as we know it today. Google it, if you doubt the claim.

The Intel 4004 was initially developed for a Busicom business calculator, was produced on tiny 2-inch wafers, and held just 2,300 transistors. This was a 4-bit processor and had a top speed of only 750 kHz, so running Windows 11 is totally out of the question – no matter how many hardware workarounds you know.