O'Reilly logo

Winn L. Rosch Hardware Bible, Sixth Edition by Winn L. Rosch

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Current Products

Although more than a dozen companies make microprocessors, any new personal computer you buy will likely be based on a chip from one of only three companies: Advanced Micro Devices, Intel, or Transmeta. Intel, the largest semiconductor-maker in the world, makes the majority of computer processors—about 80 percent in the first quarter of the year 2002, according to Mercury Research. In the same period, AMD sold 18.2 percent of the chips destined for personal computers.

Intel earned its enviable position by not only inventing the microprocessor but also by a quirk of fate. IBM chose one of its chips for its first Personal Computer in 1981, the machine that all modern personal computers have been patterned after. Computers must ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required