IBM 3270


Bytes are addressed from zero to the screen size minus one, in this example 1919.

For example, address 0 is coded as X'4040', or space-space, address 1919 is coded as X'5D7F', or ''.


Models A and B are 1920 characters 12-inch CRTs.

For example, a 3277 model 2 featured a screen size of 24 rows of 80 columns for a buffer size of 1920 bytes.

For a device with a 1920 character display a twelve bit address is sufficient.


By ensuring the CPU is not interrupted at every keystroke, a 1970s-era IBM 3033 mainframe fitted with only 16 MB of main memory was able to support up to 17,500 3270 terminals under CICS. 3270 devices are clustered, with one or more displays or printers connected to a control unit (the 3275 and 3276 included an integrated control unit).


The IBM 3270 is a family of block oriented display and printer computer terminals introduced by IBM in 1971 and normally used to communicate with IBM mainframes.


3278 terminals continued to be manufactured in Hortolândia, near Campinas, Brazil as far as late 1980s, having its internals redesigned by a local engineering team using modern CMOS technology, while retaining its external look and feel. ==Telnet 3270== Telnet 3270, or tn3270 describes both the process of sending and receiving 3270 data streams using the telnet protocol and the software that emulates a 3270 class terminal that communicates using that process.


Lower-case capability and dead keys were available as an RPQ (Request Price Quotation); these were added to the later 3278 & 3279 models. A version of the IBM PC called the 3270 PC, released in October 1983, includes 3270 terminal emulation.


A 3290 application can divide its screen area up into as many as 16 separate explicit partions (logical screens). ====317x==== 3178: lower cost terminal (1983) 3179: low cost colour terminal (1984) ====3180==== The 3180 was a monochrome display, introduced on March 20, 1984, that the user could configure for several different basic and extended display modes; all of the basic modes have a primary screen size of 24x80.

The 3179G, 3279G and 3472G were APA graphics models. =====IBM 3179G===== The IBM 3179G released in March 1984 is an IBM mainframe computer terminal providing 80×24 or 80×32 characters plus graphics. 3179-G terminals combine text and graphics as separate layers on the screen.


MTS was the default OS at Michigan for many years, and was still used at Michigan well into the 1990s. Many manufacturers, such as GTE, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell/Incoterm Div, Memorex, ITT Courier and Teletype/AT&T created 3270 compatible terminals, or adapted ASCII terminals such as the HP 2640 series to have a similar block-mode capability that would transmit a screen at a time, with some form validation capability.

Modern applications are sometimes built upon legacy 3270 applications, using software utilities to capture (screen scraping) screens and transfer the data to web pages or GUI interfaces. In the early 1990s a popular solution to link PCs with the mainframes was the Irma board, an expansion card that plugged into a PC and connected to the controller through a coaxial cable.

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