Intel Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation

Fifty years ago, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore founded Intel with a purpose: To ponder what might be possible. To imagine, to question and to do wonderful in pursuit of a better future. In honor of our golden anniversary, we’re embracing Noyce’s inspiring challenge, “Don’t be encumbered by history, go off and do something wonderful.”

Our 50th anniversary is an opportunity to honor our heritage and look ahead to what’s next. Intel is building the future with the technologies we invent, delivering experiences once thought to be impossible.

Intel’s anniversary is officially July 18, 2018, but all year long we will bring together our people, our partners and our communities to celebrate a bright future for Intel today, and a better world tomorrow.

News and Stories

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Historic Photos

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    Introduced in 1992, the Pentium processor was named by Intel employees who entered a companywide contest. Rejected monikers included 586NOT! and Iamfastests. Pentium is derived from the “penta,” a Greek word for five. It was a reminder that it was Intel’s fifth-generation microprocessor. While an external branding agency coined the name Pentium, 18 employees who had suggested something very similar each received $ 200. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Introduced in 1992, the Pentium processor was named by Intel employees who entered a companywide contest. Rejected monikers included 586NOT! and Iamfastests. Pentium is derived from the “penta,” a Greek word for five. It was a reminder that it was Intel’s fifth-generation microprocessor. While an external branding agency coined the name Pentium, 18 employees who had suggested something very similar each received $ 200. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Gordon Moore (with the shovel), Robert Noyce (right) and two unidentified people help with the groundbreaking ceremony in April 1970 for Intel’s SC1 building in Santa Clara, California. On April 21, 1970, Intel began construction on the company’s new Santa Clara headquarters. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Intel’s SC1 headquarters building in Santa Clara, California, in a photo from the early 1970s. It was the first site the company owned rather than rented (previously Intel had operated out of a leased building in Mountain View). The property was originally a pear orchard; after construction was completed, employees could pick pears on the undeveloped land until SC2 was built. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Fire destroyed Intel’s assembly plant in Penang, Malaysia, in 1975. The disaster proved the beginning of a manufacturing triumphs as Penang employees were back to work within 10 days of the fire. Employees operated out of four swing and graveyard facilities offered by neighboring semiconductor manufacturers — as well as the Intel cafeteria — during the eight months it took to rebuild the plant. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    An Intel archive photo shows Intel’s first 106 employees, including co-founders Robert Noyce (front left) and Gordon Moore (front right), and their first hire, Andy Grove (second row, far right). In 1969, with 106 employees, Intel began its operations at 365 E. Middlefield Road in Mountain View, Calif. The space is “larger than we need,” Gordon Moore told a local newspaper. Intel would start plans for expansion less than two years later. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    An Intel archive photo shows an early generation of bunny suits worn in Intel factory clean rooms. Few things are more quintessentially Intel than its iconic fab (or factory) bunny suits. The first ones were introduced in 1973. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    An Intel archive photos shows the Busicom 141-PF desktop calculator. Intel sold the rights to its first microprocessor (the 4004) to Busicom, a Japanese company that needed integrated circuits for its new line of programmable electronic calculators in 1970. Intel repurchased the rights to the 4004 for the original investment of $ 60,000. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    An Intel archive photo shows Wrinkles, which was manufactured in the 1980s by Canadian toy company Ganz. Intel’s MCS-51 was in everything from anti-lock brakes to airplanes to talking dog plushies. Wrinkles was powered by the 80C31BH controller, a part of the MCS-51 family. With an 8-bit CMOS processor and 32K bytes of read-only-memory, the toy dog had a basic vocabulary of 150 words and more than 2,800 combinations of sounds. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

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Manufacturing

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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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    Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel’s D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

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