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The history of the microcomputer-invention and evolution

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Mazor, S. ; C-ATS Software, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Intel's founder, Robert Noyce, chartered Ted Hoff's Applications Research Department in 1969 to find new applications for silicon technology-the microcomputer was the result. Hoff thought it would be neat to use MOS LSI technology to produce a computer. Because of the ever growing density of large scale integrated (LSI) circuits a “computer on a chip” was inevitable. But in 1970 we could only get about 2000 transistors on a chip, and a conventional CPU would need about 10 times that number. We developed two “microcomputers” 10 years ahead of “schedule,” by scaling down the requirements and using a few other “tricks” described in this paper

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:83 ,  Issue: 12 )