Why did Intel choose the Pentium names?

July 4, 2010 at 19:54:35
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Why did Intel Choose names like the "Pentium 2-4? The main word in Pentium is "Pent" meaning 5. This means the Pentium 4 for example would be the "5th 4" literally speaking. The Pentium was "5" because of the 186; (Device processor), 286, 386, 486,
then, 586, or Pentium.

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July 4, 2010 at 20:02:46

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July 4, 2010 at 21:18:17
Why did Microsoft choose the name "Windows 7" for NT 6.1? The main word in Windows 7 is...well, I guess it's Windows (dammit!). But the second important word is Seven, meaning 7! This means Windows 7 for example would be "NT 7.0", literally speaking. Windows 3.0 was "3.0" because of Windows 1.0; (DOS GUI), Win 2.0, 2.1,
then, 3.0, or Windows 3.0.

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July 5, 2010 at 03:42:09
What it doesn't mention in the article posted by Jam is that the Pentium name was copyrighted in order to thwart AMD.

Until then AMD had been using the same numbering convention as Intel so an 80486 CPU could be either Intel or AMD. Intel thought they were losing sales from this and it was impossible to copyright a number, so the Pentium name was devised.

About the same time as Intel released the Pentium 1, AMD released the 80586. After this schism the numbering convention that had started with Intel 4004 in 1971 was dropped. Cyrix did release an 80686 but it wasn't very good.


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July 7, 2010 at 09:26:14
Cyrix did release an 80686 but it wasn't very good.

I loved the 686, could cook breakfast on top of it.

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