Artifact Details

Title

Intel keychain

Catalog Number

102711135

Type

Physical object

Date

1994

Manufacturer

Intel

Dimensions

overall: 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in

Description

Printed on one side of keychain is "Intel Inside Pentium Processor". On the other side is printed "Bad companies are destroyed by crises; good companies survive them; great companies are improved by them. - Andy Grove, December 1994." The Pentium processors used in this keychain were defective: they contained the infamous "FDIV Bug," an error in the design of the chip that led to incorrect results when performing floating point arithmetic under certain circumstances. The error became a major public relations problem for Intel who offered to replace the defective Pentiums free of charge.

Category

Ephemera/other

Credit

Gift of Julie Neff

Lot Number

X5148.2009