Written by: W. David Schwaderer
Today's IT departments face a multitude of challenges and impending changes. Some of these involve:
- New multi-core processor offerings
- Emerging processor virtualization technologies
- New storage virtualization technologies
- Continually morphing security threats
- Open source programming offerings
- Utility (Grid) computing
- Increasing power and energy costs
- External Corporate Social Responsibility Expectations
This series provides a brief overview of many IT considerations for these transitions that IT professionals may find useful in inevitable senior management discussions.
Birth of the Microprocessor
On Nov. 15, 1971, Intel ® Corp. announced a new integrated circuit, the Intel 4004 – now generally considered the world’s first general purpose microprocessor. The significance of this announcement was widely overlooked at the time since, in part, it was largely regarded as a natural consequence of Moore’s Law, the then-annual doubling of integrated circuit transistors. Microprocessors were certainly going to happen someday, just when, no one seemed to know.
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