8/12/2006

Happy 25th Birthday To IBM PC

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:04 am

Computer firm IBM made technological history on 12 August 1981 with the announcement of a personal computer - the IBM 5150.

Costing $1,565, the 5150 had just 16K of memory - scarcely more than a couple of modest e-mails worth.

The machine was not the first attempt to popularise computing but it soon came to define the global standard.

It altered the way business was done forever and sparked a revolution in home computing.

The term PC had been in use long before IBM released its machine - but the success of the 5150 led to the use of the term to mean a machine compatible with IBM’s specifications.

The machine was developed by a team of 12 engineers, led by Don Estridge, who was known as the “father of the IBM PC”.

Development took under a year and was achieved by building a machine using “off the shelf” parts from a variety of manufacturers.

Source: BBC

 

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