Intel ships one billionth processor

Intel is celebrating shipping its one billionth microprocessor, as the x86 architecture reaches 25 years of age

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 12, 2003

Intel is celebrating shipping over one billion processors based on the x86 architecture. It is 25 years since Intel began shipping its 8086 chip, and now research carried out by Mercury Research on behalf of the chip giant indicates that the one billionth Intel processor was shipped sometime in April.

“From the 8086 to today's Intel Pentium 4 processor, Xeon and Centrino mobile technology, the Intel Architecture has brought the benefits of digital intelligence to people around the world, making it the most successful computer architecture in the history of computing,” said Gilbert Lacroix, Intel general manager Middle East and Africa. “Best of all, it continues to incorporate new innovations and enable new uses, promising to further transform the world of computing in the years ahead.”

Mercury Research based its estimate on combined shipments of desktop, notebook and PC servers since the launch of the first 8086 microprocessor in 1978.

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