Intel 4004 - The World's First Microprocessor - D4004 with 4004 Chip Die



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About this artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display featuring the Intel 4004. This artwork contains a rare New-Old-Stock (NOS) D4004, which is a gray ceramic package with tin leads. The D4004 was made in Malaysia, the first week of 1981. The artwork also includes an extremely rare 4004 chip die. I did this artwork in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the invention of the microprocessor, the Intel 4004, which will be in November of 2021. I will only be able to make a very few artworks with a 4004 die.

About the 4004

Introduced November 11th, 1971, the Intel 4004 was the world’s first microprocessor. Although created for a calculator, the 4004 was the first semiconductor device that provided, on a single chip, the functions of a general-purpose computer. Intel created the 4004 with Ted Hoff and Federico Faggin as the lead designers with Stan Mazor and Masatoshi Shima as co-contributors. The 4-bit 4004 was very limited by modern standards. Initially conceived as a way to cut costs, the Intel 4004 was the beginning of a new era of complex intelligent electronic devices.


    The artwork is framed in an 11"x14" black shadow box frame, with glass. All framing materials are acid-free. A narrative about the artwork that includes the artist’s signature is placed on the back of the artwork.