Intel introduces the 80386 microprocessor
17th October 1985
On the 17th October 1985, Intel launched its new microprocessor, the Intel 80386. Also known as the i386 or Intel 386, it was a 32-bit microprocessor containing 275,000 transistors.
The launch date was selected based on the publication date of the October edition of Electronic Design magazine, which agreed to feature the Intel 386 on the cover.
After launching in October 1985, full-function chips were first delivered in 1986. Mainboards for 80386-based computer systems were at first expensive to buy, but prices came down after mainstream adoption. The first personal computer to make use of the 80386 was designed and manufactured by Compaq, but the 80386 was eventually used as the processor in many personal computers of the time.
In May 2006, Intel announced that production of the 80386 would cease at the end of September 2007. Although it had long been obsolete as a personal computer CPU, Intel and others had continued to manufacture the chip for embedded systems.
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