Intel Corporation is one of the world’s leading technology companies. Here are 10 fun facts about Intel:
- Founding: Intel was founded on July 18, 1968, by Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore. The name “Intel” comes from “Integrated Electronics.”
- First Product: Intel’s first product wasn’t a processor, but a semiconductor memory chip called the 3101 Schottky TTL bipolar 64-bit SRAM (static random-access memory).
- The Birth of Microprocessors: Intel introduced the first commercially available microprocessor, the Intel 4004, in 1971. It was originally developed for a calculator.
- Moore’s Law: Co-founder Gordon Moore is famous for “Moore’s Law,” in which he predicted that the number of transistors on a chip would double approximately every two years.
- Intel Inside: The “Intel Inside” marketing campaign, started in 1991, was incredibly successful and is considered one of the most memorable campaigns in tech history.
- Bunny Suits: Workers in Intel’s chip manufacturing facilities wear “bunny suits” (white overalls and hoods) to keep the environment as dust-free as possible.
- Reinventing Itself: Originally known for memory chips, Intel shifted its focus to microprocessors in the 1980s due to fierce competition from Japanese manufacturers. This change in direction ultimately led to Intel’s dominant position in the PC industry.
- World Record: In 2018, Intel set a Guinness World Record by flying 2,018 drones simultaneously to create a spectacular light show at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
- Silicon Chips in Space: Intel silicon chips were part of the Mars Rover and Mars Science Laboratory missions, helping gather and analyze data.
- Diversity and Inclusion: Intel has committed to improving diversity within the company and reached its goal of “full representation” in its U.S. workforce in 2018, two years ahead of schedule.