The trademark under which several generations of Intel x86 processors were produced. The most famous development of the corporation Intel. Named processors Pentium distributed around the world in billions of copies.
For the first time processor Pentium was presented to the public on March 22, 1993. It was a fifth generation processor, very different from the Intel 80486 (fourth generation processor, popularly referred to as the 486th or simply "four"). In order to emphasize the fundamental novelty of his offspring, Intel even gave him a personal name, which was generally a novelty. The name was immediately registered as a trademark, which made it impossible for clone manufacturers to use similar names. The name comes from the Latin word "pent" (fifth) - which indicated the generation number of the processor.
|The very first Intel Pentium|
Legends still roam about the origin of this name. According to official sources, it was invented by the agency Lexicon brandingengaged in the creation of new brands. However, according to completely unofficial sources, the name arose from the name of one of the leading developers - the Soviet scientist V. M. Pentkovsky, who Intel invited me in 1989. There is a third version, according to which both theories described above are true and the word Pentiumproposed Lexicon branding, this is an exceptionally successful combination of Latin and surname.
The first batches of processors (with a frequency of up to 100 MHz) turned out to have some flaws, which, however, were very quickly eliminated. The result is a relatively inexpensive and exceptionally successful processor. The success was so overwhelming that Intel decided not to abandon the brand, creating under it more and more new generations of processors. This is how they appeared:
- Pentium MMX
- Pentium Pro
- Pentium II
- Pentium III (aka Pentium!!!)
- Pentium 4
- Pentium M
- Pentium D
- Pentium Extreme Edition
- Pentium Dual Core
Epic with Pentium lasted until 2006, when a new name came to replace the loud, but already set on edge name - Intel Core. However, this does not mean that the company has abandoned the brand proven over the years. Just Pentium faded into the background.