Computer History - 1971
Major computer events in 1971
Intel with the help of Ted Hoff introduces the first microprocessor, the Intel 4004 on November 15, 1971. The 4004 had 2,300 transistors, performed 60,000 operations per second (OPS), addressed 640 bytes of memory, and cost $200.00. Intel also introduced the 4-bit bus.
First edition of Unix released November 03, 1971. The first edition of the "Unix PROGRAMMER'S MANUAL by Ken Thompson and Dennis M. Ritchie." It includes over 60 commands like: b (compile B program); boot (reboot system); cat (concatenate files); chdir (change working directory); chmod (change access mode); chown (change owner); cp (copy file); ls (list directory contents); mv (move or rename file); roff (run off text); wc (get word count); who (who is one the system). The main thing missing was pipes.
Other computer events in 1971
Steve Wozniak and Bill Fernandez develop a computer called the Cream Soda Computer.
Memristor is first theorized by Leon Chua.
New computer products and services introduced in 1971
The first 8" floppy diskette drive was introduced.
Project Gutenberg is founded with a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence.
Schadt and Helfrich develop twisted nematic.
The Unix ed command is introduced in 1971.
Computer companies founded in 1971
Datatronics is founded.
SMC is founded.
Computer pioneers born in 1971
Becky Worley is born February 4, 1971.
Elon Musk is born June 28, 1971.
Julian Assange is born July 3, 1971.
Marc Andreessen is born July 9, 1971.
Sky Dayton is born August 8, 1971.
Computer pioneer deaths in 1971
Philo Farnsworth passes away March 11, 1971 (Age: 64)
Wallace Eckert passes away August 24, 1971 (Age: 69)