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Intel’s Andy Grove, pioneer of the PC era, dies

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Retired Intel executive and tech pioneer Andrew Grove has died at the age of 79. (Credit: Intel)

Andrew Grove – the Intel chairman and CEO who helped usher in the age of microprocessors, personal computers and the Internet – passed away today at the age of 79, the company said.

Intel said Grove played a critical role in the California-based company’s transition from memory chips to microprocessors like the 386 and the Pentium. Those chips greatly expanded the capability of personal computers, and contributed to Microsoft’s long-lasting primacy in the desktop market.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates paid tribute to Grove in a statement emailed to GeekWire.

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By Alan Boyle

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