ExtremeTech looks back at the desktop processor market and talks about the new evolutions like 64-bit and dual-core, but also about things that didn't happen, like Intel that failed to ship a 5GHz or even a 4GHz processor.
What was striking about 2005 was what didn't happen. Intel didn't ship a 5GHz CPU—or even a 4GHz CPU. AMD didn't snag Dell as a customer (unless you count the Dell online store selling boxed Athlon 64 CPUs). Intel cancelled Tejas, the successor to Prescott. Transmeta isn't a CPU company any longer, but is now an IP (as in "intellectual property") company. And VIA's Centaur group shipped new processors that didn't get much attention.