The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is the core of any computer, and, through the latter half of the 20th and into the 21st century, it has arguably been fundamental in revolutionising the way that mankind lives and works.
The real anchor point was perhaps the 1978 introduction of Intel’s 8088 microprocessor to IBM’s first PCs. Developments since then have been truly extraordinary, from basic dual processor solutions to those pushing at the very boundaries of science
AMD are undoubtedly in the shadow of Intel still, but they have been far more than a chip cloning operation. Their work is often underrated, and has many times given a real challenge in performance compared to Intel’s more pricy market equivalents.
Originally developed to compete with other “budget” level CPUs in 1998, over time the Celeron succesfully carved a useful place in the CPU market.
Behind the complexity, learn the fundamental principles in the design and make-up of a microprocessor.
Once an innovative challenger in the CPU race of the 1990s, the legacy of Cyrix CPUs has been in more than lowering processor costs.
All good things must come to an end, and in the summer of 2006 Intel’s Netburst microarchitecture and Pentium processor dynasty was finally superseded by a new generation of CPU.
Intel’s Pentium chips set the computer market alight in the 1990s. Find out the reasons for this chip family’s long lasting success.
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