P/N 06H4173 - Model M13 Keyboard Details & Specs

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IBM Enhanced Industrial Keyboard with TrackPoint II

FRU Part NumberFRU Part Number
Field Replaceable Unit
The number used to relate and indicate compatible but otherwise potentially different keyboards that could replace this one.
Market Model Name/Feature CodeMarket Model Name/Feature Code
The consumer-friendly model number describing this keyboard as a part of a range of products, usually irrespective of target region, language or SKU.
A designation from my own type naming scheme used to categorise this keyboard with or from others by their common features and market intent but may/may not be derived from official names.
Model M13 TrackPoint II/FSR Industrial Keyboard
Known Host SystemsKnown Host Systems
A list of known host systems this keyboard could be bundled with or at least designed specifically to operate with. This could be terminals, desktop PCs or laptops.
IBM 7585 Industrial Computer
IBM 7587 Model 1 Industrial Computer
IBM 7588 Industrial Computer
Possible companies responsible for making this keyboard for the company marketing it.
Lexmark, Maxi Switch, Unicomp
The name of the known switching mechanism that lies under this keyboard's keys.
IBM membrane buckling springs
Earliest AppearanceEarliest Appearance
The year (and possibly the quarter) that this keyboard part number was introduced, first observed, first recorded or the first example found.
Original KeycapsOriginal Keycaps
The keyboard's original keycaps' material and text/symbol printing technique.
PBT with dye-sublimated legends
Casing ColourCasing Colour
The original colour of this keyboard's outer casing. For keyboards whose casing materials are known to yellow, this will refer to the original colour before such transformation occurs.
Industrial Grey
The possible branding and logo styles found on this keyboard part number. This could be multiple styles at once or possible styles found over time.
IBM black oval badge, IBM blue oval badge
The style of this keyboard's flip-out or extendable feet. If applicable, this may also state how many levels of height adjustment are available and whether the feet could be rubberised.
Single-setting flip-out feet
The protocol(s) this keyboard can use to speak to the host computer (eg, scancode sets).
IBM Mode 2 (scancode set 2)
The keyboard-to-host connection. This is could be a description of a cable (its colour, whether its coiled, whether its detachable, and what connector is at its end) or the name of a wireless technology.
Grey coiled-style fixed dual mini-DIN PS/2 cable
Key CountKey Count
The number of keys that this keyboard originally had.
Form FactorForm Factor
The standardised or universally acknowledged name for this keyboard's layout form factor.
Image of Layout/LanguageThe original regional/language layout this keyboard was configured as. Both the language and the standardised key layout may be listed, and in the case of both being known or defined, it will be styled as language then standard.
Built-In MouseBuilt-In Mouse
Possible pointing devices this keyboard could carry. This could be a brand name, name of the sensor technology behind it, or a generic description in lieu of the former details.
TrackPoint II strain gauge pointing stick, "Lexmark-Unicomp" FSR pointing stick
Earliest Recorded PriceEarliest Recorded Price
The earliest price, currency and year of record found for this keyboard part number.
$389 USD in 1997
Additional NotesAdditional Notes
Extra notes about this keyboard that may be of interest or are important to know.
Replaced P/N 06H3836 on 27th November 1996, FRU part number for Lexmark and Unicomp made examples is 06H4173
Documents ("Doc"), websites and/or webpages ("Web") that were used as a source of information for this keyboard part number. Examples of this keyboard part number I own ("ASK") will also be included as sources.
ASK: SNKB-M1998-13U-101
Doc: Changes to Ordering Part Numbers for Selected Industrial Computer and Data Collection Features (#A96-1430) [source: IBM]
Doc: Price Changes: Selected Models and Features for Data Collection and Industrial Computer Products (#A97-1438) [source: IBM]
Web: https://sharktastica.co.uk/archive/view?id=0214a6a8104a8c6e
Related Directory EntriesRelated Directory Entries
Possible ASK Keyboard Directory entries that relate to this part number. The Directory serves as a convenient way to find and share a particular keyboard, containing links to where to find out more about the keyboard and sometimes common part numbers.
IBM Enhanced Industrial Keyboard with TrackPoint II (Lexmark or Maxi Switch made variant)
IBM Enhanced Industrial Keyboard with TrackPoint II (Unicomp-made variant)
Data Last Updated 2023-10-19

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Variant of a Model M13 TrackPoint II/FSR Industrial Keyboard

The **IBM Enhanced Industrial Keyboard with TrackPoint II** is an industrial grey version of the Model M13 intended for the IBM 7585 (all models), 7587 Model 1, and 7588 (all models) Industrial Computers under feature code 6045. As with IBM Enhanced Keyboards and Space Saving Keyboards before them, this industrial version featured a characteristic slightly olive-tinted grey cover set that was believed to have been designed to hide the dirt and damage expected to be inflicted upon the device within an industrial environment. Otherwise, the keyboard was mechanically the same as its non-industrial counterparts.

The earliest example found was produced by Lexmark for IBM in late 1995, sporting a TrackPoint II pointing stick and an IBM black oval badge with raised silver text. The following year, Maxi Switch produced versions are known and built to the same basic design. By at least 1998, Unicomp had taken over production, moving the design to a more standard IBM blue oval badge and now using their FSR-based pointing stick (despite the marketing name still saying "TrackPoint II"). Maxi Switch examples use FRU number 06H4842, whereas Lexmark and Unicomp examples use the same FRU number as the part number.