The Complete History of Pentium Processors – A to M

Hi% username%. Those who have subscribed to our blog have already noticed that we regularly publish articles about the history of the Intel Pentium processors. Initially, we planned to write only one text, but got into the taste and created a whole series of articles. Largely thanks to Vitaly (here he is, in the photo), the head of the system administration department at Selectel during the day and the founder of the collection of rare hardware “Digital Vintage” at night. He has many more stories to tell, so there are many more interesting essays and reviews of old school technology awaiting you.

Under the cut, we have collected the full history of Pentium processors: from the very first Pentium 66 MHz to the latest Pentium D and Pentium M. Let us recall all the successes and failures, remember those who have left forever, and note those who suddenly escaped oblivion.

Pentium is a common noun. Part 1: Intel escapes the chase

The hero of this article is the familiar, perhaps, to every Intel Pentium processor, which entered the market on March 22, 1993. Its history is associated with the period of the most rapid development of computer technology. The processor gave birth to the latest universal PC platform – Socket 7.

Pentium is a common noun. Part 2: The Rebels Strike Back

K5 is delayed, the development of Cyrix 5×86 and 6×86 (!) Is in full swing, IDT is dealing with MIPS processors, no one has heard of Rise yet. And Intel is releasing the new 430FX (Triton) chipset. This article continues the story about Intel Pentium processors and the further development of x86 processors.

Intel Pentium Pro – 25 years old: closest common ancestor

The Intel Pentium Pro was the first processor optimized for the execution of 32-bit code, with the P6 core, which later served as the basis for most x86 Intel processors with the exception of Netburst / Atom. In this article, we will fast forward to the fall of 1995 and take a look at the emergence of this beautiful processor.

The king is dead! Long live the king! History of Intel Pentium II generation processors

1997 was marked by the appearance of a radically new processor, which you,% username%, must have come across. It’s about Intel Pentium II. It was this processor that became extremely popular and gave rise to many different systems – both server and desktop. So pour your coffee, play your favorite music from those times and immerse yourself in the events that happened 24 years ago.

End of the “Golden Age”. The history of the Intel Pentium III generation processors. Part 1

Our starting point is February 26, 1999. On this day, Intel presented its new family of processors – Intel Pentium III. From a marketing point of view – another breakthrough, conquering new heights of productivity and efficiency. But was it technically so? The answers are in this article.

End of the Golden Age. The history of the Intel Pentium III generation processors. Part 2

Katmai, Coppermine, Tualatin – all these strange names are nothing more than the name of revisions of the cores of the most current processor of the late 20th century. In this article, we talk about both the notorious “race for gigahertz” and those modifications that contributed to the rapid development of computer technology at the beginning of the millennium.

Time of Troubles. The history of processors with Intel NetBurst architecture. Part 1

On November 20, 2000, an event took place, which many were eagerly awaiting: Intel officially presented the new Pentium processors – Pentium 4 on the Willamette core. Processors of this generation have undoubtedly become commercially successful, but the attitude towards them is extremely controversial. The controversy among researchers of the history of technology and enthusiasts of retro-computing does not subside to this day.

Age of revolutions. The history of processors with Intel NetBurst architecture. Part 2

Two and a half years have passed since the release of the first Pentium 4 “Willamette”. Two full-fledged platform generations, two sockets, two cores and three types of memory have been successfully replaced. Despite not the most successful start, not only commercial success, but also popular recognition came to the “fourth stump”. The new microarchitecture has penetrated all market segments – from budget PCs to multiprocessor servers.

Sometimes they come back. History of Intel Pentium M

We are talking about a processor that was not supposed to appear at all, but instead gained incredible popularity and changed the course of history. You, of course, have already read the title and understand that we are talking about the representative of the P6 microarchitecture, the successor of the Pentium III – the mobile Intel Pentium M.

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