Intel is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its first microprocessor this week and original designer Ted Hoff is touring the world to celebrate the fact.
The first Intel chip, the 4004, was desgned for the Busicom calculator but formed the basis of future developments which has turned the company into the giant it now is.
Hoff, an unassuming man, said that he originally started his design career in the world of vacuum tubes (valves). He said that he had little idea that his invention would propel Intel into one of the biggest companies in the world.
Although Andy Grove, Intel?s CEO started its business a few years before it started producing 4004 chips, it was only with the adoption of its processor design by IBM for the first PC that its turnover began to mount.
It has a target to be worth $100 billion by the year 2000 but although Hoff was responsible for Intel?s move into the processor arena, his design has not made him a billionaire.
Grove will use Comdex/Fall to celebrate its first 25 years when he opens the exhibition with a keynote speech.
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