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March 13, 1988

IBM OFFERS PERSONAL COMPUTERS OEM

By CBR Staff Writer

Eyebrows have been raised in some quarters at IBM offering personal computers OEM (see front page), but there’s really very little new about the move: ever since the ill-fated Piccolo 8 Winchester, IBM has been quietly building OEM sales into a substantial new arm of its business, most successful so far being 3380 disk drives, used by Siemens and Honeywell Bull among others; it also has mid-range disk drives and ASCII VDUs as OEM products, so adding commodity-like items such as micros is a short step.

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