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Motorola is a US-based manufacturer of electronic equipment. The company was founded in 1928 by Paul Galvin and started in Chicago (Illinois, USA) as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. The first product was a battery-eliminator for using radio receivers in automobiles. In 1930, the company name was changed to Motorola, after that name had been acquired from William Lear. A few years later they started using the Motorola brand name as a trademark. The 'bat' symbol is from 1955.

In the past, Motorola has produced radio communication equipment, mobile phones, cellular base stations, wireless network infrastructures, set-top boxes, digital video recorders, television sets (later sold to Panasonic), electronic components (now: ON Semiconductor), Government and Defence electronics (sold to General Dynamics), automotive equipment (sold to Continental AG), Biometrics solutions (sold to Safran, France), Satellite technology (Iridium Satellite project), etc.

On 4 January 2011, Motorola was split into two separate public companies: Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. In August 2011, Motorola Mobility was sold to Google, who sold it on to Lenovo in 2014. Most of the encryption products, and in particular the AIM cryptographic processor technology, are now sold by General Dynamics C4 Systems (GD), who bought the Integrated Information Systems Group (IISG) from Motorola in 2001 for US$ 825 million [4].

Motorola is still a major player in mobile data and voice networks for both the public and for law enforcement agencies. In the past they have produced, for example, radio and data terminals for the police, cryptographic solutions and secure telephone equipment. Some of that equipment is featured on this website. Click any of the thumbnail images below for further information.

Motorola equipment on this website
RS-6 Motorola STU-II/B SECTEL (NATO-version) Motorola SECTEL (STU-III) range of secure telephones Motorola MX-300 portable radio with optional DVP or DES encryption Motorola Saber II secure portable radio Motorola STX secure trunking radio
Motorola D1118 Mobile Data Terminal Motorola MDT-9100 Mobile Data Terminal
Motorola Key Variable Loader for DVP Motorola Key Variable Loader for DES and DES-XL Motorola Key Variable Loader for DVP-XL Motorola Key Variable Loader for DES Motorola universal Key Variable Loader KVL-3000 and KVL-300a Advanced INFOSEC Module
Ascom/Bosch/Motorola SE-160 handheld radio Ascom/Bosch/Motorola SE-660 mobile radio
Key loaders
Most Motorola devices that provide some level of encryption, are protected by means of a crypto­graphic key that has to be entered into the device, either manually or with a so-called key loader. In Motorola terminology, a key loader was known as a code inserter or a key variable loader. The following key loaders are known:

  1. First generation.
  2. Only 2 algorithms can be supported smultaneously. Each algorithm has to be ordered separately from Motorola. Upgrades for the KVL-3000 are not longer available. Check before buying.
  3. Each algorithm has to be ordered separately, so there is no guarantee that they are already loaded when you buy one. This version does not support the old DVP format.
  4. Used with the SE-160 and SE-660 mobile radios developed by ASCOM.

  1. Motorola Inc., Website
    Visited July 2010.

  2. Wikipedia, Motorola
    Retrieved August 2012.

  3. ZDNet, Google's Motorola acquisition: Nail in the Adroid patent coffin?
    Google's announcement to buy Motorola Mility for US$ 12.5 billion. 15 August 2011.

  4. New York Times, General Dynamics to Buy a Motorola Unit
    7 August 2001. Retrieved March 2013.
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