IBM compatible

IBM compatible

(computer)
A computer which can use hardware and software designed for the IBM PC (or, less often, IBM mainframes).

This was once a key phrase in marketing a new PC clone but now in 1998 is rarely used, the non-IBM wintel personal computer manufacturers such as Compaq, Dell and Gateway 2000 and OS vendor Microsoft having taken control of the market, marginalising IBM.
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I selected the TI, an IBM compatible system of sorts, in that it used an Intel 8088 processor, but with a proprietary graphics card from TI to give it better resolution than the CGA graphics of the IBM PC could produce.