|IBM 5150/IBM PC|
The IBM PC
|Manufacturer:||International Business Machines|
|Word Size:||16 bit|
At the beginning they were advertised for around $1,600 for a unit with just 16KB of RAM and a keyboard. Retail would be around $1,000 though, or maybe more likely in the $1,300 - $1,400 range).
In practice you would add a at least a video adapter, probably some RAM, and a floppy disk drive. Then the price would be quite different. Back then, both types of disk drives were of the 5 1/4" full height form factor.
IBM made the PC an open standard, publishing not only schematics, but also including a BIOS listing in the technical reference. When people wished to build clones of the IBM PC, IBM would license them for a 5% royalty fee, which not only made the PC a popular platform to clone, but also with the available schematics, allowed for everyone to be pin compatible with the ISA slots, creating a thriving hardware expansion business.
The IBM PC included Microsoft BASIC in ROM, which allowed the PC to function like many of the computers of the time with a simple ROM BASIC. With the addition of a disk drive, OS options included CP/M and MS-DOS at the time of sale.
The IBM PC, also established the 8 bit expansion slot, or ISA bus standard as it was later called.