NT110

Topics: X86, Intel x86 microprocessors, Xeon Pages: 1 (290 words) Published: October 15, 2014
Year
Model
Transistor count
1971
Intel 4004
2300
1972
Intel 8008
3500
1974
Intel 8080
4500
1978
Intel 8086
29000
1982
Intel 286
134000
1985
Intel 386
275000
1989
Intel 486
1.2 million
1993
Intel Pentium
3.1 million
1995
Intel Pentium Pro
5.5 million
1997
Intel Pentium II
7.5 million
1998
Intel Celeron
7.5 million
1999
Intel Pentium III
9.5 million
2000
Intel Pentium 4
42 million
2001
Intel Xeon
42 million
2003
Intel Pentium M
55 million
2006
Intel Core 2 Duo
291 million
2008
Intel Core 2 Duo
410 million
2008
Intel Atom
47 million
2010
2nd generation Intel Core
1.16 billion
2010
Intel Itanium 9300
2 billion
2012
3rd generation Intel Core
1.4 billion
Intel processor transistor count form 1971 to present. (Intel chips timeline, 2014) (Takahashi, 2010). In 2010 Intel released Itanium 9300 which had 2 billion transistors. From 1971 to 2012 the Intel processor transistor count has increased extremely throughout the years developing processor that meets modern pc needs. The growth in the number of transistors used in integrated circuits over the years is reasonable because, of Moore’s Law which predicted that every one year and a half to two years the capacity of the processors would double and, as we can see it is true. The growth on the transistors look surprisingly fast but at the same it is common because technology is used more than ever and to meet the needs of today’s society so reflecting on it is appropriate to say that it is growing at a normal rate. If I had to figure out when 100 billion transistors would fit on one single chip and using the of Moore’s law I would predict that it be around from 2018 to 2020.
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