Pentium, pronounced 'pen-' as in "pencil", '-ti-' as in "tea", and '-um' as in '"gum" or as in "some".Originally Posted by AUTOMOON
"Pentium" is the name of Intel's i586 micro-processing chip. It's the fifth model in the 80x86 (size) line. It would have been called the 80-586 but a US court ruled that you can't trademark a number. So Intel made up a new word: Pentium.
"Pentium" comes from Greek pente, meaning five, and from English titanium, meaning metalic element, which the Intel staff adopted because it conveyed a meaning of strength:
pentium comes from pente+titanium
The plural of Pentium has been coined as "pentia".
Source: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © 1993-2003 Denis Howe
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