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The IBM System/32 (IBM 5320) introduced in January 1975[1] 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. The computer was the successor to the IBM System/3 model 6 in the IBM midrange computer line.



Physical characteristicsEdit

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, a single hard drive that was available in 5 MB, 9 MB, or 13 MB sizes, and an eight-inch floppy drive, this drive could also read floppies from the IBM 3740 family.

System/32 operatorEdit

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. RPGII was the (main) programming language for the machine.


Some terms associated with the System/32 include: SEU (Source Entry Utility, the programming editor), DFU (Data File Utility, a query and report generator), OCL (Operations Control Language, the command-line language), and #LIBRARY (the directory or disk partition in which executable code was stored).


Migration to the IBM System/34 was generally simple because source code was compatible and programs just needed recompliation.

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