Intel celebrates billionth PC
So, another epoch came to the end: in April 2002, according to Gartner Dataquest, the amount of PCs sold worldwide exceeded a billion (including all desktop and notebook PCs from all manufacturers worldwide).
This event is of even more importance for Intel as its role in the chip technology development has largely defined the current acheivements of computer industry. From the Intel 8080, used as a CPU in Altair computer far back in 1974, by Intel 8088 with 4.77 MHz clock rate, that became a base for IBM PC in 1981, to the current 2.53 GHz Pentium 4 the company processors have made a really long way.
Having started humbly, in eleven years in 1982 U.S. News and World Report included Intel´s processor into the list of the 12 most important inventions in the history of USA (along with electric bulb, telephone, and plane).
According to Gartner Dataquest analysts, the second-billion level will be reached faster then the previous: calculations show that PC industry will achieve two-billion point already by 2008. If it´s to be true, the nearest years will bring the worldwide sales of about five PCs per second!
The buyers of the next billion of PCs are to belong to much wider society strata, that is more than 6.2 billion of people now.
We congratulate Intel Corporation as well as all other companies in this industry with the remarkable event; we also congratulate everyone who participated in the first billion of PCs, send our regards to those without computers, and hope they´ll join us in the second billion!
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