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TMS 1000 - Moore's Law In Pictures

Moore’s Law In Pictures: An Illustrated History of the Microprocessor
TMS 1000 - Moore's Law In Pictures

Texas Instruments likely had a working 4-bit “microcontroller” in 1971, too, and even managed to place the chip’s RAM and ROM on-board. TI filed for proper patents (single-chip microprocessor architecture), but didn’t allow its chip--the TMS 1000--out into the wild until 1974, choosing instead to keep the powerful piece of hardware as the brains behind a basic TI calculator. A few years later, Intel had to pay TI licensing fees for its microprocessor patents.

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