P/N 7363830 - Model B Keyboard Details & Specs

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IBM 5253/5254 Display Station Electronic Keyboard

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Model B 5253/5254 Electronic Keyboard
Known Host SystemsKnown Host Systems
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IBM 5253 Display Station (IBM 5520 family)
IBM 5254 Dual Display Station (IBM 5520 family)
Possible companies responsible for making this keyboard for the company marketing it.
IBM Canada
The name of the known switching mechanism that lies under this keyboard's keys.
IBM beam springs
Earliest AppearanceEarliest Appearance
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Original KeycapsOriginal Keycaps
The keyboard's original keycaps' material and text/symbol printing technique.
SAN with double-shot legends
Casing ColourCasing Colour
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Pearl White
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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.
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 straightened-style fixed DA-15 cable
Key CountKey Count
The number of keys that this keyboard originally had.
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.
92-character US English
Accessories & Other FeaturesAccessories & Other Features
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Internal speaker
Additional NotesAdditional Notes
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MFI number 1606000
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Web: https://sharktastica.co.uk/archive/view?id=39ab73bb5d22ba69
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IBM 5253/5254 Display Station Electronic Keyboard (92-character variant)
Data Last Updated 2024-03-02

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Variant of a Model B 5253/5254 Electronic Keyboard

The IBM 5253 and 5254 Display Stations were terminals for the IBM 5520 Administrative System. The IBM 5520 debuted in November 1979 and was a document creation, editing and storage system that could support up to 130MB disk storage, 3 to 12 printers and 1 to 18 of these display stations. The IBM 5253 was the single-operator version that could display 24 lines of characters by default, whereas 5254 allowed two operators to use a single terminal with a 12-line display via optically splitting a single 24-line display. Thus in appearance, the 5253 and 5254 resemble the 5251 and 5252 respectively but they are not compatible and in fact have an IBM 3270 Emulation mode.

The IBM 5253/5254 Display Station Electronic Keyboard was available as a 92-character or 96-character keyboard. The 92-character keyboard had 82 keys which notably had an ANSI-like 2.25-unit left shift key and a "BAE" (large backwards-L) style return key. The 96-character keyboard had 84 keys and had a 1.25-unit left shift key and an "ISO" style return key instead. The keyboard and its layout were designed to be similar to other IBM office system keyboards but with additional control keys for common functions such as document formatting, page/blocks of text control and cursor control in mind.

The 5253/5254 keyboard overall resembles an enlarged 525X-83 type Model B keyboard. It has a notable recess above the keys that was likely used to hold an information card with functions, instructions or information on the host system's configuration written on it. They had a white/grey cable terminating in a DA-15 plug. Inside, the keyboard had P/N 1165661 speaker that was rated 32Ω, 0.2W and was 2" (~5.1cm) diagonal and 0.75" (~1.9cm) deep. This speaker is currently unclear (it's possible it was used to simulate a clicker (a solenoid in other Model B keyboards) that would provide increased audible cues for typing).