History of Microprocessors
As mentioned in previouse paragraph, the first microprocessors was developed by Intel in 1970 , which was known as the 4004 microprocessor. Its next legacy 8008 was invented in 1972. This microprocessor was more powerful than its predecessors. It was declared as the first mark computer, which were the first computers considered practical to be used in homes. After two years in 1974, 8080 Microprocessor was developed. This processor became the brainpower to first emerging PC. The large scale supply of the 8086 to 8080 processors to the IBM PC helped Intel to become the business tycoon of the 1970’s. After the period of four years, 286 microprocessors came to surface, which was able to load and run all the softwares present at that time. Next generation Intel386 was introduced in 1985. This microprocessor contained 100 times more transistors than were embedded in 4004. This microprocessor contained 32-bit chip which was able to perform multi tasks and run many applications. Intel486 was the first color computer introduced in 1989.
This is brief history of processors introduced by Intel before the birth of most of the readers of this article.
The Era of Pentium Processors
This is the series of processors most of you will be aware of, or at least have heard the name ‘Pentium’. Almost around 1993 Intel Pentium process came to the face. This processor was able to run many sets of instructions. Pentium processors was also able to integrate real world information like photographs, speech and sounds. The first Pentium Pro processor was introduced in 1995; it was meant to support 32-bit server applications. This microprocessor was able to boast 5.5 million transistors. In 1997 Intel Pentium 2 processor aroused which contained more than 7.5 million transistors. This processor was able to run many audio and video applications. It contained single edge contact technology able to carry very high speed cache memory. Intel Celeron processors were developed in 1999 for giving consumers good performance and compatible speed. Intel Pentium processor 3 was an amazing invention of the century which incorporated more than 9.5 million transistors which allowed 3D, video and audio streaming.
Time of Pentium 4 Processors
The extended version of Pentium 3 was Xeon which was helpful in performing commercial level activities. It was suitable to be used as network servers and workstations in research labs. Right in the year 2000 Intel Pentium processor 4 helped in performing advance multi media applications. It has about 42 million transistors. The multi media applications like movies,TV, video downloading from internet, 3D graphics,MP3 connectivity, real time video and voice chatting were easily supported.. The speed of this processor was amazingly swift. This processor ran at the speed of 1.5 MHz which is way faster than the 4004 and other previous processors. 4004 microprocessor had a speed of only 108 KHz. In 2001 Intel Xeon processor was targeted to provide more speed and performance. This provided consumers with a high speed Pc at really affordable prices. The aim of the next generation processor was to provide the end users with high speed and low price connectivity. Xeon processors were aimed to increase the capability of the workstations to about 90% higher than what it used to be. These processors were really suitable to download applications form the internet.
Itanium processors were developed in 2001. These processors were really help in supporting enterprise servers and advance workstations. This processor was built by using EPIC technology (Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing). This processor was highly efficient in performing large enterprise applications. The various transactions which this processor can support are E-commerce security dealings; computer aided manufacturing, is really helpful in mechanical engineering and advanced scientific computing. The important requirement of today’s PCs is a really fast processor to perform fast, and speed computations and help in fast internet connectivity. Itanaium 2 processors a second important member of the 64 bit product family released in 2002. It is based on the architecture of data intensive, crucial technical and business applications for supporting computer based manufacturing and safe internet transactions. The next development in this field so far by Intel was Pentium M processors released in 2003. This processor is based on the Centrino mobile technology. These processors provided the wireless internet connectivity for portable digital devices like laptops. This technology helped in producing systems with built in wireless internet connectivity or WLAN card inside the PC.
Dual core processors
The further development was Montecito which was released in 2006 and contained dual core installation of Itanium 2 and Montvale 2007. Montvale contains swift IA-64 chip which is to date the fastest.
Dual core processors are mega invention in processor technology. Therefore, we have detail article written on it for you. You may read introduction to Intel core 2 processors
You won’t believe but it is true, Intel and AMD will be releasing 32 Core processors in year 2013/14
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