A look inside the Intel 8008 – die shots & explanation of this 45-year-old component
Ken Shirriff has a great write-up on everything from the history to the design configuration of the legendary Intel 8008 microprocessor, which celebrates its 45th anniversary next month.
Intel’s groundbreaking 8008 microprocessor was first produced 45 years ago.1 This chip, Intel’s first 8-bit microprocessor, is the ancestor of the x86 processor family that you may be using right now. I couldn’t find good die photos of the 8008, so I opened one up and took some detailed photographs. These new die photos are in this article, along with a discussion of the 8008’s internal design.
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