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Welcome to the Intel Museum

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Closed on holidays)

Admission and parking are free.
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At the Intel Museum in Santa Clara, you can experience the power of computer chips first hand, and the evolution of their development. Explore the pages of this site and interact with our Web movies to learn more about the museum and computer chips.

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How Chips are Mademore
Various exhibits describe how computer chips are made and used. Learn to distinguish a microprocessor from memory and embedded control chips. See how chips are constructed, layer upon layer, on wafers of silicon, the primary component of ordinary beach sand.  

How Microprocessors Workmore
A microprocessor, the size of a dime, is enlarged to a ten-foot square. Light patterns and animated voices are used to explain the chip's main functional areas and how it processes information.  

How Transistors Workmore
Transistors are the building blocks of the microprocessor, which is the brain of the computer. Learn how a transistor is constructed on a chip, and how it controls the flow of digital information in a computer.  

Memory Technologymore
Learn how memory technology uses transistors to store digital information. Use digital coding to spell your own name.  

History of the Microprocessormore
Trace the history of microprocessors. Discover how they've evolved, who designs them and how they have affected the lives of so many, from children to astronauts to computer animation specialists.  

Clean Roomsmore
Learn about the extraordinarily clean rooms where chips are made, and the rituals of donning a bunny suit. Clean room workers wear bunny suits so that skin flakes, hairs and other "human contaminants" will not fall onto chips and damage their microscopic circuitry.  


How Transistors Work
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Transistors are the building blocks of the microprocessor, which is the brain of the computer.
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