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Intel Ships 1 Billionth Processor

Intel Ships 1 Billionth Processor As Company Reaches 25th Anniversary Of Intel Architecture Second Billion Could Come as Soon as 2007

In 1978, a "hand-held" was a transistor radio, computers were gigantic mainframe, immobile machines, and the Internet was a project by a handful of research scientists. Twenty-five years later, Intel Corporation is marking its 25th year of delivering silicon products based on Intel architecture, and data from industry analyst firm Mercury Research* indicates that the company has now shipped more than 1 billion x86 CPUs since that time, sparking a new era of computing and communication solutions.

“From the 8086 to today's Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, Intel® Xeon™ and Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology, the Intel Architecture has brought the benefits of digital intelligence to people around the world, making it the most successful computer architecture in the history of computing,” said Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Best of all, it continues to incorporate new innovations and enable new uses, promising to further transform the world of computing in the years ahead.”

Introduced in 1978, the original 16-bit 8086 chip contained only 29,000 transistors and ran at 5 MHz. The original IBM PC shipped with a version of the 8086, the 8088 in 1982, ushering in a new age of PC computing. In comparison, today's Pentium 4 processor contains 55 million transistors and runs more than 600 times faster at 3.06GHz.

1 Billionth Shipped Based on combined desktop, laptop and server shipments, Mercury Research calculates that Intel reached this milestone in April, roughly 25 years after the debut of the first 8086 microprocessor on June 8, 1978. Intel's silicon is found in hand-held computing devices, desktop and mobile PCs, servers, networking and communication gear and machines such as point-of-sale terminals and medical equipment.

Mercury Research calculates that the next billion X86 CPUs could ship far faster than the first billion processors and could come as early as 2007.

About Intel Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at * Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. Intel, Pentium, Xeon and Intel Centrino are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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