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 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
In August 2011, Motorola Mobility was sold to Google, who sold it on
to Lenovo in 2014.
Most of the encryption products — 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 .
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
Goverment Electronics Group (GEG)
Government Electronics Group (GEG) was a highly secret division of Motorola,
established in the mid-1950s,
that produced equipment for the US Government and for the Department
of Defense. Based in Phoenix (Arizona, USA), it could benefit from
all other Motorola departments, such as the semiconductor division.
In the GEG, Motorola developed
spy radio sets for the
On behalf of intelligence agencies NSA and CIA,
GEG developed cipher machines
for competitor Crypto AG in Switzerland.
It allowed NSA to influence the algorithms in order
to make them readable. This work was part of CIA/BND
Operation RUBICON, and was
revealed in 2020 .
The Government and
Defense Electronics division was sold to
General Dynamics in 2011.
In 1985, GEG received a US$ 15.3 million development award from the
National Security Agency (NSA) for a low-cost secure voice/data telephone
terminal (LCT) and a secure cellular mobile radio system.
The development became a Motorola team effort led by GEG, with
styling and user interface (UI) developed by CS,
modems by UDS and a custom large scale integration chip set (custom chips)
These products were released in 1987 as the
3rd generation Secure Telephone Unit (STU-III),
and were mass-produced in AIEG's facilities in Seguin (Texas, USA) .
Government Electronics equipment on this website
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