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A Calcomp plotter, model 565, sold by IBM for use with the IBM 1620, and, later, the IBM 1130 computers. It became perhaps the first non-IBM peripheral that IBM allowed to be attached to one of its computers.

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IBM 1620 (1012 words)
In 1958 IBM assembled a team at the Poughkeepsie, New York development laboratory to study the "small scientific market".
IBM could only build one of the two and the Poughkeepsie proposal won because "the San Jose version is top of the line and not expandable, while your proposal has all kinds of expansion capability - never offer a machine that cannot be expanded".
Following announcement of the IBM 1620 on October 22, 1959, due to an internal reorganization of IBM, it was decided to transfer the computer from the Data Processing Division at Poughkeepsie (large scale mainframe computers only) to the General Products Division at San Jose (small computers and support products only) for manufacturing.
IBM definition of IBM in computing dictionary - by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. (778 words)
IBM achieved spectacular success with its tabulating machines and the punch cards that were fed them.
IBM is still one of the largest PC manufacturers, but the majority of PC sales come from the PC industry at large, from companies such as Dell and HP to mom-and-pop shops by the hundreds.
Today, IBM mainframes still flourish as the bulk of data in most large enterprises still resides in machines that are the successors to System/360, dating back more than four decades.
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