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IBM 360

USA April 7, 1964

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Introduction

The IBM System 360 mainframe computer, Model 50

 

Before IBM began work on the 360 in the early 1960s, every new model required new hardware and software. But the 360 was designed as a family of compatible machines. "The 360 provided broad-based computing with standards," says Max Hopper, consultant and president of Max D. Hopper Associates. And Kroger Co.'s Michael Heschel, says the 360 "opened mainframe computing to the world."

Description(1)

 

Specifications

 

Codename:  
CPU:  
CPU speed  
FPU:  
motherboard RAM:  
maximum RAM  
number of sockets  
minimum speed  
ROM  
L1 cache  
L2 cache  
data path  
bus speed  
SCSI  
slots  
Serial Ports  
Parallel Ports  
Floppy  
HD  
CD-ROM  
Monitor  
Sound Output  
Sound Input  
Ethernet

 

 

 
Type ID  
power  
Weight  
Dimensions  
Min System Software  
Max System Software  
OS / software  
Input devices  
introduced  
terminated  
initial price  


Release history

1964 Announcement of the 360 family

1965 First shipment

 

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