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PC Hardware

In 1981, IBM introduced the IBM PC, which became the worldwide standard for personal computers. This standard endures to this day—even through all the subsequent upgrades in technology.

In the early 1980s, IBM manufactured and sold more than half of all the personal computers sold. As the decade wore on, however, IBM's grip on computer sales weakened and scores of manufacturers introduced models of their own. All these manufacturers adopted the basic hardware architecture that made the original IBM computers a de facto standard.


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