The National Semiconductor 4004 - First Microprocessor Clone


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About this Artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display celebrating the National Semiconductor 4004. When Intel introduced the Intel 4004, the first microprocessor, it also needed to find a second source supplier of the 4004. In the 1960s and ’70s, it was a common practice for electronics manufacturers to require chip suppliers to have a second source for their chips. National Semiconductor was recruited and given the technology and specifications. National developed its own masks and processes. Although the processor layout is very similar to Intel’s 4004, the National’s MM4774 chip was about 18% more power efficient.

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