Intel 4004 - The World's First Microprocessor - ChipScape Artwork - 50th Anniversary


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About this Artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display celebrating the Intel 4004. Introduced in 1971, the Intel 4004 was the world’s first microprocessor. We are fast approaching the 50th anniversary of the microprocessor, November 2021. 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.

This artwork includes 3 major items. It has a large image of an Intel 4004 chip. On the back are the artist’s signature and a narrative describing the artwork and the 4004. The artwork includes a functional genuine Intel P4004 chip.


    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.

    Please note:  The look of the artifacts in the artworks may vary, each piece is unique.