IBM Industrial Computer Feature Enhancements and Additions


Table of Contents

IBM Announcement Letter No. ZG92-0306 dated September 15, 1992.

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • General Availability
  • Product Number
  • Highlights
  • Description
  • User Productivity
  • Product Positioning
  • Publications
  • Technical Information
  • Specified Operating Environment
  • Planning Information
  • Security, Auditability and Control
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Announcement Countries

  • IBM Announcement Letter No. ZG92-0306 dated September 15, 1992.


    See final section for details of availability and limitations.

    Title

    IBM Industrial Computer Feature Enhancements and Additions

    Abstract

    Several features enhancements and additions are available for the family of Industrial Computers 7537, 7546 and GEARBOX Model 800:
    • Space-saving Industrial Keyboard
    • Multi-type Keyboard Rack-mount Drawer
    For the 7537 and 7546 only:
    • Internal Tape Backup Unit

    Information is also provided on commercially available keyboards that provide enhanced environmental protection.


    General Availability

    Planned General Availability Date is October 2, 1992.


    Product Number

    
    
       Description                         Feature     Part Number
       ----------------------------------- ---------- ------------
       Multi-type Keyboard Rack-mount
        Drawer (no lock)                    6908       41G3526
     
       Internal Tape Backup Unit            6887       41G3400
     
        OS/2 and DOS programs, that have been previously announced,
        supporting the tape backup unit are available (listed in
        the Programming Requirements).
    

    Two different keyboard types are now available for IBM's Industrial Computers:

    • The enhanced industrial keyboard is 492 mm (19.4 inches) long by 210 mm (8.3 inches) wide. This keyboard type has been available with earlier models of the Industrial Computers.

    • The new space-saving industrial keyboard is 406 mm (16.0 inches) long by 190 mm (7.5 inches) wide.

    Both keyboards are 58 mm (2.3 inches) high, and provide the same functions, some of which are combined on common keys on the space saving keyboard. Keyboards are separately priced and orderable, and may be ordered in any quantity. The new space-saving industrial keyboards are listed below:

                                             Feature   Part Number
                                             -------   -----------
    Space-saving Industrial Keyboard (84-key)
     
        English (U.K.)                         6889     41G3566
        Swedish                                2768     41G3567
        French                                 6891     41G3568
        German                                 6892     41G3569
        Italian                                2769     41G3570
        Spanish                                6894     41G3571
        Belgian                                6896     41G3572
        Turkish                                6897     41G3573
        Dutch                                  6898     41G3574
        Swiss/German/French                    2772     41G3575
        English (U.S.) (EMEA)                  2767     41G3565
    

    Highlights


    • High capacity internal tape backup unit satisfying growing customer requirement for easy, reliable, fixed disk backup capability

    • With the tape backup unit user productivity is improved with the ability to operate using a minimum number of keystrokes or mouse

    • Keyboard accessibility and ease of use substantially improved with the addition of the space-saving industrial keyboard and multi-type keyboard rack-mount drawer

    • Multi-type keyboard rack-mount drawer has increased usability, accomodating multiple keyboard types, including vendor keyboards with enhanced environmental capabilities

    Description

    User Productivity

    The space-saving industrial keyboard, and multi-type keyboard rack-mount drawer offer the customer the capability to quickly access the keyboard and conveniently input data, while the internal tape backup unit provides an easy, reliable, and quick method for backing up high capacity fixed disk systems. These feature enhancements will shorten response times, improve operational productivity, and reduce system management costs.

    Open Enterprise

    The multi-type keyboard rack-mount drawer satisfies the following standards for mounting in 19 inch cabinets or frames: IEC 297-1, DIN 41494 Part 1, EIA-RS-310-C. When installed in a rack, the multi-type keyboard rack-mount drawer also satisfies IP55 (front cover) and DIN 40 040.


    Product Positioning

    The announced features offer the customer price and function advantages. The capability to use multiple keyboard types in the multi-type keyboard rack-mount drawer enhances function, and the price is lower than the existing keyboard drawer product. The multi-type keyboard rack-mount drawer is complemented by the announcement of a space-saving industrial keyboard which increases accessibility and ease of use. Customer requirements are again satisfied with the addition of an internal tape backup unit which provides easy to use, reliable, fixed disk backup capability.

    Publications

    The following publications are shipped with the products, and can not be ordered separately.

              Title                            Description
     --------------------------------   ---------------------------
     Space-saving Industrial Keyboard   Multi-Language Instruction
      (84-key) Instruction Booklet        Booklet
     
     Multi-type Keyboard Rack-mount     Pictorial-only Installation
      Drawer (no lock) Installation       Instructions
      Instructions
     
     Internal Tape Backup Unit
      Installation Instructions
    

    Technical Information

    Specified Operating Environment

    Physical Specifications

    Space-saving Industrial Keyboard (84-key):
     
    Width:   406mm (16.0 inches)
    Depth:   190mm ( 7.5 inches)
    Height:   58mm ( 2.3 inches)
    Weight: 1.90kg ( 4.2 pounds)
     
    Multi-type Keyboard Rack-mount Drawer (no lock):
     
    Width:   481.3mm (18.9 inches)
    Length:  514.5mm (20.3 inches)
    Height    88.9mm ( 3.5 inches)
    Weight:    4.5kg (10.0 pounds)
     
    Internal Tape Backup Unit:
     
    Width:   102mm ( 4.0 inches)
    Depth:   150mm ( 5.9 inches)
    Height:   41mm ( 1.6 inches)
    Weight:  .68kg ( 1.5 pounds)
    

    Operating Environment

    Installation of the Internal Tape Backup Unit in the industrial
    computer limits environmental operating conditions to:
     
    Temperature:  12.8 to 45.0 degrees C (55 to 118 degrees F)
     
    Relative Humidity: 20 to 80 (percent)
     
    Installation of the Multi-type Keyboard Rack-mount Drawer will
    support environmental conditions specified by:
     
     IP55 and DIN 40 040
    

    Machine Requirements

    The following new features and enhancements apply to the IBM 7537 and 7546 Industrial Computers, and to the GEARBOX Model 800:
    • Space-saving Industrial Keyboard
    • Multi-type Keyboard Rack-mount Drawer
    The following enhancement applies to the IBM 7537 and 7546 Industrial Computers:
    • Internal Tape Backup Unit

    Programming Requirements

    The Internal Tape Backup Unit is designed to operate with:

                                           Feature    Part Number
                                           -------    -----------
        IBM PS/2 Internal Tape Backup
         Program Version 2.0
         (OS/2 PM compatible)               5696-248   92F3343
     
        IBM PS/2 Internal Tape Backup
         Program Version 2.0
         (DOS compatible)                   5696-166   87F9828
    

    Planning Information

    Customer Responsibilities

    The design of the multi-type keyboard rack-mount drawer permits the customer to take advantage of other keyboard types being commercially marketed.

    Some customers have identified a need for keyboards to operate in a hostile industrial environment. The keyboard information referenced below is provided by an authorized product representative, and addresses the industrial requirement for a splash-proof and dust-proof keyboard. Other products may also be commercially available which have not been identified in this announcement.

    The following industrial keyboards are compatible with the PS/2 and provide autosense, mount in a 19 inch rack, and meet the European Standards per DIN 40050:

    Preh Electronic Industries' Industrial Keyboard offers:

    • Splash/Dust Proof: IP-64
    • 103 keys
    • Part Number: 90308-001/0002

    Marquardt Switches Inc.'s Industrial Keyboard offers:

    • Splash/Dust Proof: IP-65
    • 102 keys
    • Part Number: 7070.1002
    IBM has not evaluated the listed products and makes no comments or judgements about their function, quality, performance, etc. Users should contact the product manufacturers directly to verify product function, prerequisites, prices, availability and suitability for the user's purposes:
         Preh Electronic Industries
         470 East Main Street
         Lake Zurich, IL 60047-25
    
         Marquardt Switches Inc.
         2711 Route 20 East
         Cazenovia, N.Y. 13035
    

    Cable Orders

    No cables required.

    Installability

    The Internal Tape Backup Unit requires no more than 30 minutes for installation. Installation of the Multi-type Keyboard Rack-mount Drawer (no lock) into a standard 19-inch rack requires no more than 15 minutes. Keyboards are easily connected to the industrial computer and laid into the keyboard drawer, taking only a few minutes for installation.

    Problem Determination

    After installation the customer should run the system or feature level diagnostics provided with the industrial computer installation and operations guide, or in the instructions that accompany each feature.

    Security, Auditability and Control

    User management is responsible for evaluation, selection and implementation of security features, administrative procedures and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.


    Terms and Conditions

    All terms and conditions are the same as those applicable to the Industrial Computer in which the feature is installed. Refer to Letters ZG89-0248, ZG91-0292 or ZG91-0296, which are available from IBM on request.


    Announcement Countries

    All European, Middle Eastern and African Countries.


    The data in this letter is subject to the disclaimer in Letter ZS90-0112, which is available from IBM on request.

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