The Evolution of the Microprocessor [Infographic]

By Jason Fitzpatrick on December 2nd, 2011

While the burly CPU gets the press releases and the glory, the tiny microprocessor is the unsung hero of the technological revolution.

The first microprocessor, the Intel 4004, was born in 40 years ago in 1971. Since then it’s made appearances in everything from washing machines to children’s toys; scarcely a single facet of our technology-saturated lives would look the same without that original microprocessor and its descendants. Check out the infographic above to see some of the milestones in the history of microprocessor usage or hit up the link below to read more.

Happy 40th Anniversary Microprocessor! [Intel via Daily Inforgraphic]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/2/11
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