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Personal Computer - IBM, Model 5110-3, circa 1980 Object Reg. No: ST 042136

Summary:
IBM PC desk-top computer, model 5110-3, with integral visual display unit, with integral dual 8" disc drive, 7" vdu, QWERTY keyboard with number pad on right side but no function keys.

IBM 5110 Computing series. Accessed 2 december 2013. http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/pc/pc_4.html
Production Date: 1978-1982
Offered as a computer suitable for business and industry requirements.IBM 5110 Model 3 - also designated as the IBM 5120 (with two built-in 8 inch 1.2 MB floppy disk drives).
This model had a character set (EBCDIC) which was compatible with other IBM machines.
Model 5110-3 was the desktop version of the series. The 5110 series had main memory which held 16K, 32K, 48K or 64K bytes of data, depending on the unit.
Description:
Combined CPU/Monitor/keyboard with 2 x 8?disk drives in beige plastic case with grey highlighting around monitor; no Function keys on keyboard
BASIC program commands printed on strip above number keys on top
Statement Of Significance:
A large desktop console, this machine is an example of the transition from floor mounted computers with work stations (minicomputers, for example, the IBM System 3) to microcomputers with the standard configuration - box, screen, keyboard and, later, mouse.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from La Trobe University Economics & Commerce Department
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 395 mm (Height), 550 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Monitor diadonal 200 mm

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Tagged with: computing, computers
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: microcomputers
Inscriptions: model no. 5120, serial no. 60533
Manufacturer: International Business Machines (IBM), United States of America, circa 1980
User: La Trobe University Economics & Commerce Department, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia, 1978-1988
References: IBM Archives accessed 10 Jan 2012: http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/pc/pc_4.html
IBM 5110 Computing series. Accessed 2 december 2013. http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/pc/pc_4.html

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