A package of three chips, the 4004 could calculate numbers from a program, a task that until then had required. The chip and its successors revolutionized electronics and made Intel a household name around the world, although the company almost lost control of the invention and didn't fully understand its importance for years.
On Monday, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., is hosting a symposium commemorating the 35th anniversary. For the 30th anniversary of the 4004 five years ago, CNET News.com interviewed , Stan Mazor, Andy Grove and others for an in-depth look at the microprocessor's place in history. We're reposting it here, along with other recent retrospectives and looks at coming design changes, in our ongoing effort to document computing history. And check out the 2001 story on the --we're proud to say that it predicted the future pretty darn well.
images Here's a look at how Intel chips have evolved--from the 4004 through to the teraflop-ready 80-core prototype of tomorrow.
November 13, 2006
Thirty years after the birth of the microprocessor, billions of the small chips have been built into everything from cars to children's toys.
November 14, 2001 For designers working on the next generation of microprocessors, are the laws of physics making Moore's Law into Moore's Curse?
November 14, 2001 newsmaker Ted Hoff was part of the 4004 team. How does it feel to be a founding father of a multibillion-dollar industry?
November 14, 2001
Emerging technologies could extend the life of the famous principle whose demise has been predicted repeatedly.
April 19, 2005 Sixty years ago, the public got its first look at computers--a glimpse that launched an astonishing industry---and at controversies that linger today.
February 13, 2006
The story behind the big computer--meet the egos that drove its development and its demise.
February 13, 2006
Hard drives have come a long way since debuting 50 years ago this week. Do they still have room to shrink?
September 11, 2006
Company is experimenting with carbon nanotubes as a possible replacement for copper wires in order to speed connections.
November 10, 2006