Intel is an American semiconductor manufacturer renowned for the manufacture of microprocessors and many other processor related integrated circuits.

Intel was founded in California, in 1968 by Gordon E. Moore - the inventor of Moore’s Law, and Robert Noyce, a physicist and co-inventor of the integrated circuit.

The name is based on the words Integrated electronics, although the word now has connotations about the word Intelligence and this too is quite apt.

Intel is famed for its microprocessor ICs. In fact it started with ICs like its original 4004, then the 8008, and later the 8080 that were built into a large proportion of the computers of the day.

Since then it developed the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers (PCs).

Today, Intel supplies processors for most of the large computer system manufacturers.

However, Intel’s product portfolio extends well beyond this as the company also manufactures motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated circuits, flash memory, graphics chips, embedded processors and other devices related to communications and computing.

Intel is one of the largest IC manufacturers today providing vast numbers of integrated circuits, particularly for the computer and computer associated markets.