Intel Corporation is an American multinational company founded on July 18, 1968 and headquartered in Santa Clara. It produces semiconductor devices, microprocessors, networking components, motherboard chipsets, video card chips, and many other integrated circuits. In 1993 the Pentium was launched, the progenitor of a successful family of microprocessors.

Intel managed to hold the overall lead in the x86 processor market, reaching market shares of over 85% in 1997. This will attract a lot of attention from antitrust authorities. In 2006 Intel announced a new series of processors, the Intel Core. In the same year, Apple became an Intel customer by creating the first Intel iMac, abandoning the use of PowerPC processors on all devices.