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P/N 9002-UNK

IBM System 9002 Hybrid Keyboard

Type
Model F Laboratory Keyboard with Membrane Key Array
Nickname
Escort Carrier
OEM
IBM
Switches
IBM capacitive buckling springs
Earliest Appearance
1984 Q1
Original Keycaps
PBT with dye-sublimated legends
Casing Colour
White
Branding
IBM silver square badge
Protocol
Set 1/XT
Connection
Cable
Cable
Black coiled fixed DIN (180)
Key Count
140
Layout/Language
XT
Data Last Updated
2020-11-12

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Variant of a Model F Laboratory Keyboard with Membrane Key Array

The IBM System 9002 Hybrid Keyboard was a very unique variation of the Model F/XT designed for laboratory use and features a 57-key functional membrane key array on top of the design, replacing the dedicated "touch" panel found on previous IBM System 9000 family computers. The name "Hybrid" refers to the use of both capacitive buckling springs and membrane "touch panel" for the keys, which contrasts the IBM System 9001 Standard Keyboard that was simply a rebadged Model F/XT. The housing for the keyboard is likely a variation of the "unsaver" Functional Key Keyboard's case, meaning this is in fact also a hybrid of two Model F keyboard designs.