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|Model F 3205 122-key Console Converged Keyboard
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|IBM 3205 Color Display Console (IBM 3270 family)
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|IBM capacitive buckling springs
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|PBT with dye-sublimated legends
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|IBM silver square badge
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|Dual-setting riser feet
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|IBM scancode set 3
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|Grey coiled-style fixed DIN (240) cable
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|"PFxx" command key block
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|Doc: IBM 3205 Color Display Console Maintenance Information (#SY18-2121-1) [source: bitsavers]
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IBM 3205 Color Display Console Keyboard Unit
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The IBM 3205 Color Display Console was a colour terminal announced in October 1984 intended for operator console usage for the System/370 compatible IBM 4361 and 4381 processors. It replaced the IBM 3278 Model 2A Display Console and IBM 3279 Model 2C Color Display Console used for earlier IBM 4300 series processors.
The 122-key console keyboard for the IBM 3205 was a cosmetic variant of the regular 122-key Model F Converged Keyboard and technically a successor to the 327X-OC type Model B keyboards the IBM 3278-2A and 3279-2C used (which in turn was also a modification of another keyboard). The 3205 "F122" sported characteristic green "Start" and yellow "Stop" keys, reminiscent of the earlier 327X-OC type Model B (albeit those had a red "Stop" key instead). In other respects, the 3205 "F122" is the same as a regular "F122" including having the characteristic 24-key program function key bank with "PFxx" nomenclature, two-setting riser feet for adjustable typing angle, and 240-degree 5-pin DIN plugs on their coiled cables. The 3205 "F122" also had an 8-position DIP switch bank that must be set when the 3205 is connected to a host processor, with the latter 5 switches used in combination to set language. A 124-key Japanese/Katakana version of the keyboard for the IBM 3205 also existed.