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 25 Microchips That Shook the World 
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25 Microchips That Shook the World

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A list of some of the most innovative, intriguing, and inspiring integrated circuits


http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors ... -the-world

Here is an example of one of the fun stories in the article:

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Computer Cowboys Sh-Boom Processor (1988)

Two chip designers walk into a bar. They are Russell H. Fish III and Chuck H. Moore, and the bar is called Sh-Boom. No, this is not the beginning of a joke. It’s actually part of a technology tale filled with discord and lawsuits, lots of lawsuits. It all started in 1988 when Fish and Moore created a bizarre processor called Sh-Boom. The chip was so streamlined it could run faster than the clock on the circuit board that drove the rest of the computer.


Another interesting story is:

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IBM wanted to use the 68000 in its PC line, but the company went with Intel’s 8088 because, among other things, the 68000 was still relatively scarce. As one observer later reflected, had Motorola prevailed, the Windows-Intel duopoly known as Wintel might have been Winola instead.


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