This Day in History: November 15

Today: October 24, 2017
First Advertisement for Microprocessor Appears
Intel 4004 had 2,250 transistors, handling data in four-bit chunks, and could perform 60,000 operations per second

November 15, 1971

First Advertisement for Microprocessor Appears

The first advertisement for a microprocessor, the Intel 4004, appears in the journal Electronic News. The chip was designed by a four-person team at Intel, a start-up company founded by Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce a few years earlier. Intel engineers Federico Faggin, Ted Hoff, Stan Mazor, and Masatoshi Shima designed the 4004 while undertaking a custom circuit design for Busicom, a Japanese calculator maker.