Sunday November 15, 2015

The Intel 4004 Microprocessor Is 44 Today

Today is the birthday of Intel’s first commercially available microprocessor.

Intel purchased the rights from Nippon Calculating Machine Corporation and launched the Intel 4004 processor and its chipset with an advertisement in the November 15, 1971, issue of Electronic News: "Announcing A New Era In Integrated Electronics." That’s when the Intel 4004 became the first general-purpose programmable processor on the marketآ—a "building block" that engineers could purchase and then customize with software to perform different functions in a wide variety of electronic devices.

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