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We regret very much that we forgot to celebrate one of the most important anniversaries in the computer hardware industry. On the 22nd March of 1993 Intel Corporation introduced the first ever Pentium processor, so, on the 22nd March of 2003 the brand-name was here for a decade.

The evolution of the Pentium processors from 60MHz to 3066MHz through the years is simply amazing both in terms of performance and capabilities. Basically, the whole computer industry evolved with the Pentium and, more importantly, the revolutions are still happening!

Now, hundreds of millions units and 3000MHz later let us take a look at the list of the most important milestones ever reached by Intel Pentium processors:

1993

  • March 22, 1993. Intel Pentium 60MHz and 66MHz processor introduction. 0.80 micron process technology, 3.1 million of transistors.

1994

  • March 7, 1994. Intel Pentium 90MHz and 100MHz processor introduction. 0.60 micron process technology, 3.2 million of transistors.
  • October 10, 1994. Intel Pentium 75MHz processor introduction. 0.60 micron process technology, 3.2 million of transistors. The first Pentium processor for notebooks.

1995

  • March 27, 1995. Intel Pentium 120MHz processor introduction. 0.60/0.35 micron process technology, 3.2 million of transistors.
  • June 1995. Intel Pentium 133MHz processor introduction. 0.35 micron process technology, 3.3 million of transistors.
  • November 1, 1995. Intel Pentium Pro 150, 166, 180 and 200MHz processor with 256KB or 512KB of on-die L2 cache introduction. 0.60/0.35 micron process technology, 5.5 million of transistors.

1996

  • January 4, 1996. Intel Pentium 150 and 166MHz processor introduction. 0.35 micron process technology, 3.3 million of transistors.
  • June 10, 1996. Intel Pentium 200MHz processor introduction. 0.35 micron process technology, 3.3 million of transistors.

1997

  • January 8, 1997. Intel Pentium 166 and 200MHz processor with MMX technology introduction. 0.35 micron process technology, 4.5 million of transistors.
  • May 7, 1997. Intel Pentium II 233, 266 and 300MHz processor introduction. 0.35 micron process technology, 7.5 million of transistors.
  • June 2, 1997. Intel Pentium 233MHz processor with MMX technology introduction. 0.35 micron process technology, 4.5 million of transistors.
  • August 18, 1997. Intel Pentium Pro 200MHz processor with 1MB of on-die L2 cache introduction. 0.35 micron process technology, 5.5 million of transistors.

1998

  • January 12, 1998. Intel Pentium 266MHz processor introduction. 0.35 micron process technology, 3.3 million of transistors.
  • January 26, 1998. Intel Pentium II 333MHz processor introduction. 0.35 micron process technology, 7.5 million of transistors.
  • April 2, 1998. Intel Pentium II 266 and 233MHz processor for mobile computers introduction. 0.25 micron process technology, 7.5 million of transistors.
  • April 15, 1998. Intel Pentium II 350 and 400MHz processor introduction. 0.25 micron process technology, 7.5 million of transistors.
  • April 15, 1998. Intel Celeron 266MHz processor introduction. 0.25 micron process technology, 7.5 million of transistors.
  • June 29, 1998. Intel Pentium II Xeon 400MHz with 512KB and 1MB of L2 cache processor introduction. 0.25 micron process technology, 7.5 million of transistors.
  • August 24, 1998. Intel Pentium II 450MHz processor introduction. 0.25 micron process technology, 7.5 million of transistors.
  • October 6, 1998. Intel Pentium II Xeon 400MHz with 512KB of L2 cache processor for 2-way servers introduction. 0.25 micron process technology, 7.5 million of transistors.

1999

  • January 5, 1999. Intel Pentium II Xeon 450MHz with 512KB, 1MB and 2MB of L2 cache processor for 4-way servers introduction. 0.25 micron process technology, 7.5 million of transistors.
  • February 26, 1999. Intel Pentium III 450 and 500MHz processor introduction. 0.25 micron process technology, 9.5 million of transistors.
  • May 17, 1999. Intel Pentium III 550MHz processor introduction. 0.25 micron process technology, 9.5 million of transistors.
  • August 2, 1999. Intel Pentium III 600MHz processor introduction. 0.25 micron process technology, 9.5 million of transistors.
  • October 25, 1999. Intel Pentium III 500 to 733MHz processor introduction. 0.18 micron process technology with built-in 256KB of L2 cache, 28 million of transistors.

2000

  • March 8, 2000. Intel Pentium III 1.0GHz processor introduction. 0.18 micron process technology with built-in 256KB of L2 cache, 28 million of transistors.
  • March 20, 2000. Intel Pentium III 850 and 866MHz processor introduction. 0.18 micron process technology with built-in 256KB of L2 cache, 28 million of transistors.
  • May 24, 2000. Intel Pentium III 933MHz processor introduction. 0.18 micron process technology with built-in 256KB of L2 cache, 28 million of transistors.
  • November 20, 2000. Intel Pentium 4 1.40 and 1.50GHz processor introduction. 0.18 micron process technology with built-in 256KB of L2 cache, 42 million of transistors.

2001

  • April 23, 2001. Intel Pentium 4 1.70GHz processor introduction. 0.18 micron process technology with built-in 256KB of L2 cache, 42 million of transistors.
  • April 23, 2001. Intel Pentium 4 1.60 and 1.80GHz processor introduction. 0.18 micron process technology with built-in 256KB of L2 cache, 42 million of transistors.
  • August 27, 2001. Intel Pentium 4 1.90GHz processor introduction. 0.18 micron process technology with built-in 256KB of L2 cache, 42 million of transistors.
  • August 27, 2001. Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz processor introduction. 0.13 micron process technology with built-in 512KB of L2 cache, 55 million of transistors.

2002

  • January 7, 2002. Intel Pentium 4 2.20GHz processor introduction. 0.13 micron process technology with built-in 512KB of L2 cache, 55 million of transistors.
  • April 2, 2002. Intel Pentium 4 2.40GHz processor introduction. 0.13 micron process technology with built-in 512KB of L2 cache, 55 million of transistors.
  • May 6, 2002. Intel Pentium 4 2.26, 2.40 and 2.53GHz processor with 533MHz Quad Pumped Bus introduction. 0.13 micron process technology with built-in 512KB of L2 cache, 55 million of transistors.
  • August 26, 2002. Intel Pentium 4 2.50 and 2.60GHz with 400MHz Quad Pumped Bus; 2.66 and 2.80GHz processor with 533MHz Quad Pumped Bus introduction. 0.13 micron process technology with built-in 512KB of L2 cache, 55 million of transistors.
  • November 14, 2002. Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz with 533MHz Quad Pumped Bus and the Hyper-Threading technology introduction. 0.13 micron process technology with built-in 512KB of L2 cache, 55 million of transistors.

2003

  • March 12, 2002. Intel Pentium M 600MHz, 900MHz, 1.10, 1.20, 1.30, 1.40, 1.50 and 1.60GHz with 400MHz Quad Pumped Bus introduction. 0.13 micron process technology with built-in 1MB of L2 cache, 77 million of transistors.
  • To be continued…

By the way, will Prescott and Tejas code-named chips still carry the Pentium brand-name after more than 3652 days of its life?

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