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Motorola
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 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
Encryption equipment made by Motorola Spy radio set
Spy
Motorola Pulsar II car telephone (in the Netherlands known as 'Pollux') Motorola D1118 Mobile Data Terminal Motorola MDT-9100 Mobile Data Terminal Advanced INFOSEC Module
AIM
References
  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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