Intel, one of the most innovative and successful IT companies ever, celebrated its 35th birthday last week.
Intel was founded in 1968 by Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove to produce microprocessors for large, clunky computing machines — many of which took up entire rooms. Today it develops microprocessors for a large range of desktop and mobile computers, servers and other computing devices, and employs 78,000 employees in 40 countries.
Intel established its first office for the Asia Pacific region, now its largest region in terms of revenue, in Sydney in 1979.
In the last 35 years, PC vendors have sold more than one billion personal computers, many featuring Intel processors.
Analyst group Gartner predicts it will only take a further six years to reach the two billion milestone — mainly through dramatic growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
To mark the anniversary, Intel Australia packed many of its staff on buses and headed to the beautiful Hunter Valley for a celebratory lunch.