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Microcontrollers have been around since the late 1940's, and in order to get a perspective on the history of microprocessors, you really have to start there. After all, microprocessors are just very complex microcontrollers.

1947-1970: The Early Years
1971-1976: The Birth of The Microcomputer
1977-1980: Home Computers
1981-1983: Bussiness Takes Over
1984-1986: Graphics For Everyone
1987-1990: The Next Generation
1991-1993: Maturity
1994-1996: New Hope

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