Computer Simulation, Virtual Platforms, Embedded Programming, Multicore and More (by Jakob Engblom)
25 Microchips that “Shook the World”
IEEE Spectrum has an article in its May 2009 issue called “25 Microchips that shook the world“. Not long or deep, but an interesting mix of chips from the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and the 2000s. Recommended as light reading.