The Microprocessor's 40th Anniversary is Today

Written by John Ponio    Tuesday, 15 November 2011 19:06

Intel 4004

Fun fact: 40 years ago today, Intel launched what it claimed to be "the first commercially available microprocessor - the Intel 4004..." Since then Intel has made quite an advancement. According to the blog post, second generation Intel Core processors have over 350,000 the performance with about 5,000 times less energy. Those numbers will only get bigger in 2012 with the advent of 3D transistors and the 22nm manufacturing process. According to Justin Rather, who is Intel's chief technology officer, "The sheer number of advances in the next 40 years will equal or surpass all of the innovative activity that has taken place over the last 10,000 years of human history." Do something different tonight and celebrate one of the most brilliant and useful inventions of mankind: the microprocessor.