Why not 80586 and instead Pentium?
Name: Aaron Oberlander
Date: Around 1993
Hello, I would just like to find out if I am right or not. Is the
reason that the new (586) is called the P5, because they could not patent the
number (586)? Therefore, they called it the Pentium 5, or something like
that. Thanks again.
The reason that Intel has broken with the x86 numbering scheme and
named their new microprocessor the Pentium is because the name Pentium can be
trademarked. With competitors such as Advanced Micro Devices and Cyrix
calling their somewhat compatible chips 386s and 486s, Intel has decided to
use the name Pentium to replace the x86 numbering scheme. Now, computer
buyers will not need an "Intel Inside" sticker to know that the computer they
are buying has an Intel microprocessor.
Daniel Lee Luchinski
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