The IBM System/32 (IBM 5320) introduced in January 1975 was a low-end business computer with builtin display screen, disk drives, printer, and database report software. It was used primarily by small to midsize businesses for accounting applications.
|Manufacturer||International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)|
|Release date||January 7, 1975|
|Discontinued||October 17, 1984|
|Website||Official website IBM Archives|
IBM described it as "the first system to incorporate hardware and comprehensive application software."
The computer looked like a large office desk with a very small six-line by forty-character display and a keyboard similar to an IBM keypunch. The machine had a built-in line printer, that directly faced the operator when seated, and could print reports, memos, billing statements, address labels, etc. Having the appearance of a computerized desk, the System/32 was nicknamed the "Bionic Desk" after The Six Million Dollar Man (bionic man), a popular U.S. TV program when the computer was introduced in 1975.
It had 16 kB or 32 kB of main memory.
- 5 MB
- 9 MB
- 13 MB
The system included an eight-inch floppy drive that could also read floppies from the IBM 3740 family.
Only one side of the 77-track floppy diskette was used. Each track held 26 128-byte sectors. An extended format was offered by IBM, and it permitted 512 bytes per sector. Even so, that came to an 8 inch floppy holding less than one third of a megabyte.
When keying input data, the operator would be viewing the character display, which was also common to the then current IBM 3740 family of data entry to floppy disk media.
A computer specialist was not required for the operation of System/32.
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Some terms associated with the System/32 include:
Within 40 months, "the System/32 had surpassed the IBM System/3 as the most installed IBM computer."
The system, which had been introduced January 7, 1975 was withdrawn from marketing on October 17, 1984. Migration to the IBM System/34 was generally simple because source code was compatible and programs just needed recompliation.
- IBM Archives: IBM System/32
- "SR30-0017-1 System32 RPG II Programming".
- >"IBM System/32". IBM Corporation.
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- "Floppy drive".
- "IBM System/32 Data File Utility (DFU)".