Happy 40th Anniversary Microprocessor!

40 years ago, on November 15th, 1971, the first microprocessor — the Intel 4004 — was born and our lives were changed forever. Our rocking PR team has put together some really interesting and fun details on the microprocessor to share, in a lot of different formats, for you to check out!

Knowledge is power, so let us help you learn! “What is a Microprocessor?” you ask? We’ve got the answer for you.

Are you a video fan? Check out this YouTube playlist dedicated to the 40th Anniversary of Intel 4004!

Infographic junkie? Me too. Did you know that microprocessors have been featured in calculators, washing machines, MP3 players, and more? Check out the infographic on “The Evolution of the Microprocessor”

Want to know more about Intel microprocessor innovation? Then this infographic is the one for you!

“Today, thanks to the microprocessor, we live in a smart world, can do smart things and make smart choices. We don’t see them, but these tiny embedded computers shape our world to a remarkable degree. From the cars we drive and tractors that till the fields, to the fresh food delivered to our shops, billboards that advertise and machines that help us stay fit – they’re the invisible brains that power our daily being.” Don’t just read it, see it! Check out the, “It’s a Smart World” infographic!

More of a trivia junkie? (Guilty.) Here’s a fun fact for you: If car speed had increased at the same pace as microprocessor speed, it would take 1 second to drive from SF to NY. (Talk about redefining the term, “road warrior.”) Check out some more Fun Facts!!

So what does this mean for the future? Read about “The PC Today and Tomorrow” or hear from some of our leaders on this. Our CTO, Justin Rattner, shares with “Reflecting on 40 Years of Computing Innovation: What Does the Future Hold?” or read about “Future Hunting” with Intel’s Futurist, Brian David Johnson.

And last, but certainly not least, here’s another roundup of all of the above on our Intel Newsroom!

What’s the most surprising thing you learned about the microprocessor?

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