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15:09 Wed 26th May 2010 |

Intel is the world's largest semiconductor chip maker. Intel also makes motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated circuits, flash memory, graphic chips, embedded processors, and other devices related to communications and computing. Intel combines advanced chip design capability with a leading-edge manufacturing capability.

Intel was founded on July 18, 1968, as Integrated Electronics Corporation (though a common misconception is that "Intel" is from the word intelligence). A year later Intel launched the world’s first metal oxide semiconductor static RAM, the 1101.

During the 1990s, Intel invested heavily in new microprocessor designs fostering the rapid growth of the PC industry. During this period Intel became the dominant supplier of microprocessors for PCs, and was known for aggressive tactics in defence of its market position.

One of the founders, Gordon Moore is the originator of Moore's law. This describes a long-term trend in the history of computing hardware, in which the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit has doubled approximately every two years.

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