|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 M9 RANPOS Keyboard|
Possible companies responsible for making this keyboard for the company marketing it.
|Lexmark, Maxi Switch|
The name of the known switching mechanism that lies under this keyboard's keys.
|IBM buckling rubber sleeves (early or late POS type)|
|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.
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|
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 protocol(s) this keyboard can use to speak to the host computer (eg, scancode sets).
|SIO via RS-485|
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.
|Detachable 8-pin SDL 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.
The 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.
|Earliest Recorded PriceEarliest Recorded Price
The earliest price, currency and year of record found for this keyboard part number.
|$625 USD in 1993|
|Additional NotesAdditional Notes
Extra notes about this keyboard that may be of interest or are important to know.
|Made for the IBM 4693 POS System, 4694 POS System and SurePOS 700 Series|
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.
Doc: IBM 4694 POS Terminal Model 001 Brief Description of Announcement, Charges, and Availability (#193-150) [source: IBM]
|Data Last Updated||2022-07-28|
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The Model M9 is a 116/117 key alphanumeric point of sale (ANPOS) keyboard with an integrated magnetic stripe card reader in the Retail POS (RPOS) series of POS input devices. The M9 was originally known as the IBM Retail ANPOS Keyboard with Card Reader. Its earliest host system was the IBM 4694 POS Terminal and it was a successor to the IBM 4680 series ANPOS Keyboard. The M9's name is usually abbreviated as simply ANPOS, but it's also known as RANPOS (Retail ANPOS) or NANPOS ("New" ANPOS) to differentiate it from earlier keyboards. The keyboard has two distinct types of keys - the alphanumeric standard keys and the transparent keytop keys all RPOS keyboards use. Like its siblings, M9 has a dedicated numeric keypad within the transparent-topped keys but enough spacing between it and the alphanumeric keys is given to allow for a full Enhanced layout configuration. After Toshiba TEC acquired the IBM Retail Store Solutions division in 2012, they continued producing the M7 under their own branding.