Intel celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 4004, the father of modern CPUs

On November 15, 1971, Intel released its 4004 processor. Its release marks one of the key foundations of the modern computer era. Some core concepts of this processor exist in almost every technology today. Without it, we might still be playing board games or relying on pigeons for communication. Well, not really.

4004 is the first commercial microprocessor, it is definitely a groundbreaking technology. It combines different functions on a single silicon chip, with high operating frequency and transistor density, far ahead of any product available at the time. It also uses cutting-edge manufacturing technology.