IBM (Personal Computer)

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IBM logo 1972
by Paul Rand
Name: "IBM PC 5150"

Categories: Electronics, Home - Office - School

Subcategory: Computer

Developer: William C. Lowe

Producer: IBM Corporation (founder: Charles R. Flint)

William C. Lowe
William Cleland Lowe
Easton, Jan. 15, 1941
Lake Forest, Oct. 19, 2013,
the engineer known as
the father of the IBM PC
Production start: August 12, 1981 - Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Discontinued: April 2, 1987

First price: 1,565 USD

Features: Operating system IBM BASIC / PC DOS 1.0 - CP/M-86 - UCSD p-System. - CPU Intel 8088 @ 4.77 MHz. - Memory 16 kB ~ 256 kB. - Motherboard with five 8-bit Industry Standard Architecture slots, and two DIN connectors for keyboard and cassette interface. - Color Graphics Adapter. - Sound 1-channel PWM. - Floppy disk or cassette system.
Options included: a printer that could print in two directions at 80 characters per second in 12 different character styles, and also check itself for malfunctions and provide an out-of-paper signal; a color/graphics monitor with 16 foreground and background colors and 256 characters for text applications; one or two internal floppy drives were optional.
Application software: "VisiCalc" (Personal Software, Inc.), "General Ledger" / "Accounts Receivable" / "Accounts Payable" (Peachtree Software, Inc.), "EasyWriter" (Information Unlimited Software, Inc.), "Microsoft Adventure" (Microsoft Corporation).

Interesting facts: IBM PC 5150 was introduced only a year after corporate executives gave the go-ahead to Bill Lowe, the lab director in the company's Boca Raton, Fla., facilities. He set up a task force that developed the proposal for the first IBM PC. During a meeting with top executives in New York, Lowe claimed his group could develop a small, new computer within a year. Lowe picked a group of 12 strategists who worked around the clock to hammer out a plan for hardware, software, manufacturing setup and sales strategy. It was so well-conceived that the basic strategy remained unaltered throughout the product cycle. IBM PC 5150 was publicly announced on August 12, 1981 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Slogan: «The IBM Personal Computer and me»

Property: IBM Corporation

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IBM PC 5150 serie
IBM PC 5150
IBM PC 5150 (1981) with IBM 5151 monitor and IBM model F keyboard 83-key PC/XT

IBM PC 5150 inside
IBM PC 5150 inside

IBM PC 5150 motherboard
IBM PC 5150 motherboard

IBM 5150 keyboard
IBM model F keyboard 83-key PC/XT

IBM 5150 boot screen
IBM PC 5150 start screen

IBM PC 5150 booting

IBM 5150 PC on Byte Magazine
IBM 5150 PC review
IBM PC 5150 review on Byte Magazine (January 1982)

IBM 5150 PC advertising (man)
IBM 5150 PC advertising (woman)
IBM 5150 PC advertising (boy)
IBM PC 5150 advertising

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