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Computers are composed of nothing more than logic gates stretched out to the horizon in a vast numerical irrigation system.

STAN AUGARTEN, State of the Art: A Photographic History of the Integrated Circuit

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It soon became obvious to Intel and other semiconductor makers that there was an almost limitless number of applications for microprocessors, and the race was on to create ever more powerful models. Because both the 4004 and the 8008 had been designed for specific machines, Intel was at first only dimly aware of the microprocessor's revolutionary potential. Eventually, however, it became abundantly clear that these extraordinary creations could not only enhance the power of calculators but also change the world.

STAN AUGARTEN, State of the Art: A Photographic History of the Integrated Circuit

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Most electronic machines, including all computers, speak a common language: binary math, in which all numbers, no matter how large, are represented as a combination of ones and zeroes. There are no other digits, and, surprisingly enough, no others are needed.

STAN AUGARTEN, State of the Art: A Photographic History of the Integrated Circuit

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ICs with ten to a hundred million components? ICs whose basic operating units are not transistors but entire microprocessors, built by the million into chips smaller than a thumbtack? Incredible as it may seem, such devices are a distinct, and utterly glorious, possibility.

STAN AUGARTEN, State of the Art: A Photographic History of the Integrated Circuit

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