Ten Things You Should Know About Intel

By Dennis McCafferty
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    The name "Intel" has dual meanings: It's a portmanteau of "Integrated Electronics" and, of course, refers to intelligence.

The company was founded in 1968 by two ex-executives from Fairchild Semiconductor: a chemist named Gordon Moore and a physicist named Robert Noyce, who also happened to be the co-inventor of the integrated circuit. Together, they formed Intel, which is now the world's largest semiconductor company, with $52.7 billion in annual revenue and a nearly 15 percent share of the global market. In the beginning, Intel's random-access memory (SRAM) semiconductor, which applied Schottky Bipolar technology, was nearly twice as fast as those produced by the competition. By 1971, the company had introduced the Intel 4004, the first microprocessor made available commercially. Since then, it has branched out into security (with the 2010 purchase of McAfee), wireless solutions (after a deal the same year with Infineon Technologies) and network switches (thanks to its acquisition of Fulcrum Microsystems in 2011). More recent events demonstrate that Intel continues to break new ground in wide-ranging ways. We've included a number of the most interesting developments here, along with a couple of intriguing tidbits about Intel's earlier days. The following was compiled through published news articles and materials posted by Intel.

This article was originally published on 2015-03-04
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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