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The Pentium bug was found in October 1994 by Thomas Nicely, a mathematician from Lynchburgh College, Virginia. He found that one divided by 824,633,702,441 give the wrong answer. This bug eventually cost Intel over half a billion dollars, as they offered to replace bug-ridden Pentiums with correctly operating ones.

Microprocessor basics
Superscalar. A processor that can execute more than one instruction, at a time.
Very Long Instruction Word (VLIW).  Instructions which include more than one operation, which are to be executed concurrently. This can be achieved with a fixed number of operations per instruction, or with a variable number of operations (Variable Length Instruction Grouping or Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing (EPIC)).
Stack Frame. A stack segment which contains parameters, local variables, previous stack frame pointer and return address, created when calling a subprogram (such as a procedure, a function (which is a procedure which returns a value), or a method (function or procedure which can access private data in an object).
 
 
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Top 20 Most Influential Computer Companies

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1

Microsoft Corp. 


2

Intel Corp. 


3

IBM Corp. 


4

Compaq Computer 


5

Hewlett-Packard 


6

Cisco Systems 


7

Sun Microsystems 


8

America Online 


9

Dell Computer 


10

Netscape 


11

 Oracle Corp. 


12

3Com Corp. 


13

Yahoo! Inc. 


14

Gateway Inc. 


15

Adobe Systems 


16

Apple Computer 


17

 Novell Inc. 


18

Toshiba Corp. 


19

Macromedia Inc. 


20

 Intuit Inc.


 

Others:

21 Packard Bell NEC
22 Softbank Corp.
23 Canon Inc.
24 RealNetworks Inc.
25 Sony Corp.
26 Bay Networks Inc.
27 Corel Corp.
28 Symantec Corp.
29 Silicon Graphics
30 Seiko Epson Corp.
31 Lucent Technologies
32 Seagate Technology
33 Amazon.com Inc.
34 Network Associates
35 Micron
36 Autodesk Inc.
37 Creative Technology
38 GT Interactive
39 Ascend
40 CAI

Taken from Chapter 10, Advanced PC Architecture, W.Buchanan, Addison-Wesley.

W. Buchanan, 2000