Intel 4004 - The World's First Microprocessor - C4004, 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) C4004, which is a white/gold ceramic package with tin leads. The artwork also includes an extremely 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 November of 2021. I will only be able to make a very few artworks with the 4004 die.

Introduced in 1971, the Intel 4004 was the world’s first microprocessor. We are fast approaching the 50th anniversary of the 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.