Slogan: Leap ahead
No less famous is the expression "Intel Inside".
One of the most famous companies today was formed in 1968. Its founders were such famous personalities as the inventor of the microcircuit Robert Noyce (Robert Noyce) and Gordon Moore (Gordon Moore) - the creator of the so-called "Moore's law"*. After some time, Andrew Grove joined the team, who became president of the company in 1979.
Initially, they wanted to name the company, without false modesty, Moore Noyce. However, this decision had to be abandoned for an original reason: such a name was consonant with the phrase “more noise” (English - “a lot of noise”). The name has been used for a while N.M. Electronics. A year later, a new name appearedintegral Electronics", which they decided to shorten to a more euphonious Intel. However, even here it was not without curiosities: it turned out that the word "Intel" is already a trademark of a certain hotel chain. But it is clear that the founders of the company liked the new name so much that they decided to buy it out.
From the very beginning, the company focused on the production of computer components such as processors and chipsets. The company also produces graphics processors, motherboards and flash memory. However, at first, the entire Intel business plan fit in a few paragraphs of typewritten text.
The classic scheme of a successful company - a talented inventor (in this case, as many as two) and a smart businessman (in the person of Andy Grove) - gave remarkable results. The first success of the company can be considered the Intet 4004 microprocessor, developed in 1971. In 1972, the first microcomputer based on this processor appeared. The company also tries itself in the production of memory modules. However, this business does not bring much profit, and the company again returns to microprocessors. This decision turned out to be not only correct, but ingenious. The next decades are a story of unprecedented growth and development Intel. Its processors are used in the most popular type of computer - IBM PC**. Especially famous Pentium Processor. Needless to say, the very word "pentium" began to cause associations among consumers with the word "microprocessor". No less famous are the processors Celeron, which were originally developed for the segment of low-cost systems.
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To date, Intel is the world's largest manufacturer of microprocessors. And a serious reason why the company may lose this title is not yet foreseen. Main competitor company AMD, even in the most "productive" years, and did not come close to such results. About the company's processors Cyrix no one remembers anymore. One of the latest on processors Intel passed the company Applewho previously collaborated with IBM - that was the story***. Well, since most computers in the world are built using Intel processors and run an operating system Windows, the PC platform is sometimes jokingly called Wintel.
Like any large corporation, Intel has repeatedly been implicated in various scandals related to antitrust proceedings. However, be that as it may, Intel determined (and continues to determine) the development of modern computers.
The corporate headquarters is located in Santa Clara, California, USA (Santa Clara, California, USA).
*) "Moore's Law" refers to the exponentially growing power of computers. According to him, the number of semiconductors in a microcircuit doubles every 18-24 months. The law was discovered by Moore in 1965. Despite some minor violations, it still remains in force.
***) In 1997 the company Apple launched a new advertisement - snails with Pentium II processors glued to their shells crawled across the screen, symbolizing the performance of these processors, compared to those used Apple (G3). Less than ten years later, the Apple Company had to apologize to Intel for these laughs. In general, the transition to processors Intel, many of the fans Apple received very painfully. However, after a few years, everyone resigned themselves to the new "status" of the company. In general, this transition turned out to be Apple very profitable from a financial point of view - sales of their computers went up - buyers were no longer scared away by the "dissent" of computers with a bitten apple.