The Impact of Computer Advancement

The way computers have changed the world.

What Caused Computer to Advance So Quickly?

Computers have been advancing rapidly, to do more, and be more efficient to do task in the 1980s and 90s still affecting today. In 1987, intel, the largest Semiconductor manufacturer, developed and released a new CPU architecture called x86, this gave advantages of reverse compatibility. At first, it was a 16 bit extension to their 8 bit based 8080 microprocessor, It had memory segmentation, which allowed for it to surpass that maximum memory of a 16 bit system.

Some General Information of x86

How x86 got its name is is from most of the 8080’s successors, usually ending with an 86. The term x86 became common after the release of intel’s 80386 in 1985. x86 led to the growth in processor features and processing power for Desktops, Laptops, and x86 based servers. Many operating systems take advantage of x86’s features. Some of these operating systems include GNU/Linux, windows, FreeBSD, solaris, and OS X.

My Parent's thoughts of Computer Advancements

My parents say that it is amazing how fast computers have grown from the 1980s to present day. It seems that every few years, computers become so much faster, that the computers that are not very old, are already obsolete. They also have been using x86 based computers on a daily basis and has changed the way they live. From online stores to media streaming.

How Did x86 Advance So Quickly?

Intel licensed several other companies to avoid having a monopoly for the x86 architecture. Intel’s biggest competitor to current day is AMD. The two companies are constantly setting new standards to out-perform each other. This causes a never ending “Game of Leapfrog” and is greatly responsible for why computers are what they are today.

How Does x86 Affect The 1980/90s & Today?

Without the founding of x86, computers would be very far behind what they are today and they would be behind where they were in the 1990s/80s. Many companies that have their servers running on x86 based CPUs would probably not exist. Some examples of servers running off of x86 are multiple forms of social media, online shopping, accounting, game servers, etc. X86 also affects the home user, as almost every laptop and desktop is using an X86 CPU. Doing intensive task such as animating, programming, gaming, etc., would not be possible. As they rely off of the advantages of x86 to do their processes.