IBM PS/2 Model 30 286

The Personal System/2 or PS/2 is IBM's third generation of personal computers. Released in 1987.

It officially replaced the IBM PC, XT, AT, and PC Convertible in IBM's lineup. Many of the PS/2's innovations, such as the 16550 UART (serial port), 1440 KB 3.5-inch floppy disk format, Model M keyboard layout, 72-pin SIMMs, the PS/2 port, and the VGA video standard, went on to become standards in the broader PC market.

The PS/2 line was created by IBM, partly in an attempt to recapture control of the PC market by introducing the advanced yet proprietary Micro Channel architecture (MCA) on higher-end models. These models were in the strange position of being incompatible with the IBM-compatible hardware standards previously established by IBM and adopted in the PC industry. However, IBM's initial PS/2 computers were popular with target market corporate buyers, and by 30th September 1988 IBM reported that it had sold 3 million PS/2 machines. This was only 18 months after the new range had been introduced.

Catalog type
Desktop computer
Manufacturer
Release Date
1987
Processor
Intel 80286
Memory
640 KB
Storage
28 MB
Operation System
MS DOS 6.2

Museum Collection

Set up.

Search