25 Years of x86

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the x86 CPU. On this day in 1978 Intel introduced the 5MHz 8086. The original 8086 was built with 29,000 transistors, compared to today’s 3GHz Pentium 4 processor with about 100 million transistors (and approximately 600 times faster than the 8086). Intel has sold over 1 billion x86-family processors.

Posted on June 9, 2003
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One Response to “25 Years of x86”

  1. Bruce on June 14th, 2003 4:10 pm

    Interesting. Snagged this piece of news for my LJ. I like your site even though I’m still exploring. 🙂 I don’t suppose you happen to have a livejournal as well?

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