The guys at btxformfactor.com have pubbed a series of very interesting articles about the history and evolution of microprocessors through time. A great read if you are into this kind of stuff.
Microprocessor History - Part 1
It’s nice to know the humble beginnings and compare them to how far we have come in the computing capability of a CPU.
Microprocessor History - Part 2
There have been many players in the microprocessor story, but the two companies that have had the most impact are also the two that dominate the market; Intel and AMD.
Microprocessor History - Part 3
The pipeline is a fundamental feature of microprocessors and is the enabler for several other very important speed-up schemes. Let’s see how pipelines work.