Marcia Hansen

The Technology Timeline Advances Again With Ultrabook

Intel History WallLet’s take a moment to imagine a world without computers. How different our lives would be if not for desktops, laptops and now the UltrabookTM?! Computers have changed our lives. They’ve certainly changed mine.

I bank online with a bank that I’ve never stepped foot inside, and its actual physical location is across the country. I couldn’t do that without my computer. My parents are texting and using Facebook now. All of us in social media post, pin, fan and tweet throughout the day. The way we bank, communicate, and even the way we watch TV and movies would be completely turned upside down if it weren’t for the advances in technology in just the last few years.

Now, imagine a world without Intel–it’s pretty much the same thing. There are many a morning on the drive in to work that I marvel about all that Intel has done in the world.

Intel was founded in 1968 by physicists, Gordon E. Moore and Robert Noyce. Originally, they planned on naming the company Moore Noyce, but you can probably guess why they quickly abandoned that idea and went with a more suitable name –NM Electronics. They used that name for nearly a year before they changed it again to Integrated Electronics, or INTEL for short.

With the latest Intel ad campaign for Ultrabook, we’re talking about how suddenly; everything else seems so old-fashioned. Technology has made another leap forward with the sleek and responsive Ultrabook. It performs well, is super portable at less than 1 inch thick, and has great battery life, which means our computer bags will get a whole lot lighter.

See the latest videos on our Ultrabook Videos page.

You can also check out these key dates in Intel history and consider a geek travel stop at the Intel Museum.

Intel Key Dates

1965 – Gordon Moore predicts the complexity of an integrated circuit will double every year or so, “Moore’s Law”

1968 – Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore incorporate NM Electronics

1971 – The world’s first microcomputer is introduced

1974 – The first general purpose microprocessor is introduced to the world

1980 – The Intel microprocessor is chosen by IBM for the first ever personal computer

1991 – The “Intel Inside” campaign launches

1992 – Intel becomes the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world

1993 – The Pentium is introduced, a fifth generation chip

1996 – Intel’s revenue exceeds twenty billion dollars and the net income surpasses five billion dollars

1997 – The Pentium 11 microprocessor is introduced to the world

1997 – Time Magazine names Andy Grove “Man of the Year”

2002 – Gordon Moore receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

2003 – Intel ships its 1 billionth processor

2007 – All Apple computers now feature Intel microprocessors

2007 – Intel opens its new microprocessor fabrication facility, so big that 17 football fields could fit inside

2009 – Gordon Moore is inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame

2010 – Fortune ranks Intel among the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

2012 – Intel launches the Ultrabook


What key dates or moments stand out in your use of technology? Is there a time when you thought, OMG, I can’t believe I’m doing this?


Marcia Hansen

About Marcia Hansen

Marcia works as a digital storytelling marketing strategist for iQ and the Intel digital newsroom. She joined Intel in July 2010 after her pioneering work in social media at Allstate Insurance. She loves words, movies, photos, and world travel. Marcia holds an M.A. from the University of Missouri where she completed a thesis on digital literacies.

4 Responses to The Technology Timeline Advances Again With Ultrabook

  1. Doreen says:

    Intel never stops disappointing. I’m sure you guys hold the future to awesome technology if this isn’t!

    Cuddos Intel!