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Motorola milestones

July 2014

30 years ago- MC68020 Microprocessor
In 1984 Motorola introduced the MC68020, the world's first true 32-bit microprocessor. The MC68020 microprocessor contained 200,000 transistors on a three-eighths-inch square chip.

50 years ago- Television Commercials
In 1964 an advertising campaign for Motorola televisions premiered on 288 ABC television stations during prime-time programs such as "Ben Casey," "The Fugitive," "Ozzie and Harriet," "The Flintstones," "Jimmy Dean" and "Wide World of Sports."

May 2014

10 years ago-
Push-To-Talk Over Cellular In 2004 Motorola introduced its unique cross-technology Push-To-Talk over Cellular (PoC) product line that gave subscribers connectivity among GPRS, CDMA2000 1X and WiFi networks.

APRIL 2014
Motorola MicroTAC Personal Cellular Telephone 25 years ago - MicroTAC Personal Cellular Telephone
In April 1989 Motorola launched the MicroTAC personal cellular telephone, then the smallest and lightest model on the market. It weighted 12.3 ounces (349 grams).

MARCH 2014
Motorola DynaTac portable cellular telephone 30 years ago
Motorola introduces complete line of cellular portable and mobile telephones. Introduction of DynaTAC 8000X portable cellular telephone to consumers- Motorola offered a complete cellular telephone system in 1984; including portable models (starting at US$3,995), car phones and transportable phones.

Vehicular Cellular Phone - In 1984 Motorola's DynaTAC 6000X vehicular cellular telephone featured a 14-digit LED display, 99-number phone book, programmable keypad and alert mode that signalled incoming calls by activating the vehicle's horn or lights.

15 years ago - iDEN i1000plus Handset
Introduced in 1999, Motorola's iDEN i1000plus handset was the world's first to combine a digital phone, two-way radio, alphanumeric pager, Internet microbrowser, email, fax and two-way messaging.

20 years ago - iDEN Digital Radio
In 1994 Motorola introduced iDEN digital radio, the world's first commercial digital radio system that combined voice dispatch, cellular, paging and data communications in a single radio network and handset.

50 years ago - Pageboy Pager
In 1964 Motorola introduced the transistorized Pageboy pager, a standard tool for business.

The "Motorola TV Hour"

The DynaTAC Cell System

DECEMBER 2013 - 60 years ago
The Motorola TV Hour

A biweekly television drama, premiered in 1953. Motorola Executive Vice President Robert W. Galvin hosted the program and presented the company's current and future technologies during commercial breaks.
DECEMBER 2013 - 30 years ago
Motorola's First Cellular System

Motorola's first DynaTAC cellular system began commercial operation in 1983. Over the previous 15 years, the company invested more than $100 million in cellular technology research and development.

25 years ago - DSP96001 Digital Signal Processor
Motorola introduced the 32-bit DSP96001 digital signal processor in 1988.


70 years ago - Bandit Pager Factory

In 1988 Motorola's flexible automated Bandit production line allowed Bravo pagers with different specifications to be manufactured on a single production line, which reduced manufacturing time and increased product quality.

30 years ago - Phones for First U.S. Commercial Cellular Phone Service
Ameritech Mobile Communications [now AT&T Mobility] launched the first U.S. commercial cellular mobile (car) phone service in Chicago on October 13, 1983.  The system used Motorola mobile (car) cellular phones.

40 years ago - Scalatron Electronic Organ
In 1973, Motorola introduced the Scalatron two-manual electronic organ.  Containing a mini-computer, it could be tuned to several microtonal scales, which provided flexibility in musical performance.

First Motorola Public Stock Offering
Galvin Manufacturing Corporation sold its first Motorola public stock in 1943 for US$8.50 per share.

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X commercial portable cellular phone, 1983.

SEPTEMBER 2013 - 30 years ago
World's First Commercial Portable Cellular Phone

The world's first commercial handheld cellular phone, the Motorola DynaTAC phone, received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on September 21, 1983. The 28-ounce (794-gram) phone became available to consumers in 1984.

First Hands-Free Cellular Phone Operation
In September 1983, Motorola introduced the VSP Vehicular Speaker Phone, the first hands-free cellular phone product for a car. The VSP technology was incorporated in Motorola’s DynaTAC mobile (installed in the car) cellular phone.

Founding of Company - 85 years ago
On September 25, 1928, Paul V. Galvin and his brother, Joseph, incorporated Motorola's founding company—Galvin Manufacturing Corporation—in Chicago, Illinois, USA.


Battery eliminator, circa 1928. The battery eliminator was Galvin Manufacturing Corporation's (later Motorola) first product.

Battery Eliminator
Galvin Manufacturing Corporation's first product was a 1928 battery eliminator. This power converter allowed battery-powered radios to run on household electricity. The company’s first customer was Sears, Roebuck and Co., which sold battery eliminators to consumers.

AUGUST 2013 - 20 years ago
FLEX Digital Paging

Motorola introduced FLEX digital paging system technology in 1993. The new technology allowed pagers to receive email and computer text.

JUNE 2013 - 50 years ago
World's First Truly Rectangular Color TV Tube

In 1963 Motorola introduced the world's first truly rectangular color TV picture tube. The tube (pictured at left), developed in a joint venture with National Video Corporation, quickly became the industry standard.

MAY 2013 - 50 years ago
The "Young Couple Stereo"

The affordable 1963 Motorola model SK99 and SK100 coffee table-styled console stereo sets, nicknamed "young couple stereos" for their popularity among newlyweds, and became best sellers.

APRIL 2013 - 40 years ago
World's First Portable Cellular Demonstration

On April 3, 1973, Motorola publicly demonstrated the world’s first portable cellular telephone and system. The first public calls using Motorola DynaTAC (DYNamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage) technology occurred in New York City.

MARCH 2013 - 25 years ago
First U.S. National Quality Award

Motorola was one of three winners of the first Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1988. The U.S. Congress established the award to recognize and inspire the pursuit of quality in American business.

FEBRUARY 2013 - 10 years ago
A760 Cellular Phone

Introduced in 2003, the Motorola A760 cellular phone was the world's first handset to combine a Linux operating system and Java technology with full PDA functionality.

OCTOBER 2012 - 75 years ago this year
Augusta Boulevard Facility

Galvin Manufacturing Corporation's first company-owned facility at 4545 West Augusta Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, USA, served as the company's headquarters from 1937 through 1959.

Motorola Home Entertainment Radios Galvin Manufacturing Corporation entered the home entertainment business in 1937 with a line of Motorola phonographs and home radios.


April 3, 1973 - World's First Portable Cellular Demonstration

On April 3, 1973, Motorola publicly demonstrated the world's first portable cellular telephone and system. The first public calls using Motorola DynaTAC (DYNamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage) technology occurred in New York City.

Want more? Read the original news release (PDF) or download Facts about the DynaTAC (PDF).

More information about Motorola Heritage Services

The Motorola, Inc. Legacy Archives Collection (1928-2010) will be shared by both companies and will continue to reside in Schaumburg, IL. The Legacy Archives Collection is still activity managed and continues to acquire materials created before the separation.

New archives collections documenting Motorola Mobility, Inc. from 2011 forward will also reside in Schaumburg and will have their own professional archivist who has access to all the collections.