Interesting that Intel thinks the Ultrabook is the pinnacle of this 40 years of evolution.
The first programmable microprocessor —the Intel® 4004 — made its debut in 1971 in a business calculator. Since then, multiple generations of Intel microprocessors have gone on to be the brains in a variety of everyday products, from gas pumps and traffic light controllers to some of history’s most profound moments, like the Apollo space missions and medical research into the human genome.
It would take up to one million original Intel 4004 chips to provide the effortless computing power we have all come to expect from today’s Ultrabook. By our calculation, that would make today’s laptop measure roughly 23 feet by 10 feet, and it would consume 4,000 times more energy than a moden laptop and cost about $150,000 a year to power.