September 12, 2011

Thank you IBM for 30 years of PCs

IBM 5150 Personal Computer

In a previous post on CultureSpike, the World Wide Web turned 20 years old. Even before W3, was the birth of the personal computer. While there was stiff competition, IBM released a personal computer model that broke the mold and was used as a template for successful computer manufactures to come.

In 1981, IBM had released the IBM 5150 Personal Computer. Back then, the personal computer market was lead by products like the Apple II, TSR 80, Tandy, and Commodore PET. When PCs were released, they were made to target business users and enthusiasts rather than scientific users.

The IBM 5150 was code named “Project Chess” and was built at the IBM Entry Systems Division in Boca Raton, FL. The team assembled had the authorization to bypass the typical design process to rapidly produce a product to market. When it was released, the sales tag was $1565 for a bare bones configuration which did not include a disk drive.

This gave birth to other manufacturers that reversed engineered the BIOS, an example of which was Compaq who released the first portable PC called the Compaq Portable.

You can read all about it on the following link.

Link: 30 Years Ago Today, IBM Released Its First PC Before Most People Had Any Idea What that Meant

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