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August 2015

75 years ago – 1940 Motorola Sporter Radio - The 1940 Motorola Sporter personal sports radio let people hear commercial radio broadcasts on the go. The radio had an antenna in the shoulder strap.

Man wearing a Motorola Sporter personal sports portable radio, model 41S

Man wearing a Motorola Sporter personal sports portable radio, model 41S.

50 years – 1965 Automotive 8-Track Tape Players - With Ford Motor Company and RCA Corp., Motorola designed and manufactured 8-track tape players for the automotive market in 1965.

Motorola's model TM708S 8-track tape player for cars was an aftermarket product. Motorola began making 8-track players for automobiles in 1965

Motorola's model TM708S 8-track tape player for cars was an aftermarket product. Motorola began making 8-track players for automobiles in 1965.

20 years – 1995 World's First Two-Way Pager - In 1995 Motorola introduced the world's first two-way pager, the Tango two-way personal messaging pager. It allowed users to receive text messages and email, and reply with a standard response. It also could be connected to a computer to download long messages.

Motorola Tango two-way personal messaging pager, 1995

Motorola Tango two-way personal messaging pager, 1995.

July 2015

75 years ago – 1940 Handie-Talkie SCR536 Radio - In 1940 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation (later Motorola) engineers developed the Handie-Talkie SCR536 AM portable two-way radio. This handheld radio became a World War II.

Handie Talkie SCR536 Radio two-way radio, circa 1940

Galvin Manufacturing Corporation (later Motorola) Handie-Talkie SCR536 portable two-way radio, circa 1940.

40 years ago – 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Radio - Motorola transponders were used aboard the historic 1975 Apollo-Soyuz "Handshake in Space" docking mission. The American and Soviet space teams met in Earth's orbit to test an international docking system and joint flight procedures.

American Apollo spacecraft as seen in Earth orbit from the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft.Image courtesy of NASA.gov, 1975

The American Apollo spacecraft as seen in Earth orbit from the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft.Image courtesy of NASA.gov, 1975

30 years ago – 1985 Tough Talker Cellular Phone - Introduced in 1985, Motorola’s Tough Talker transportable cellular phone operated in rugged environments such as construction sites. It featured programmable system registration and a data modem.

Motorola Tough Talker transportable cellular phone, circa 1990

Motorola Tough Talker transportable cellular phone, circa 1990.

June 2015

15 years ago – 2000 World's First GPRS Cellular System - In June 2000, Motorola and Cisco Systems, Inc. supplied the world’s first commercial GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) cellular network to BT Cellnet in the United Kingdom. The system used the world’s first GPRS cellular phone, the Motorola Timeport P7389i model.

Motorola Timeport P7389i GPRS cellular phone

Motorola Timeport P7389i GPRS cellular phone, left side view, 2000.

60 years ago – 1955 Stylized "M" Motorola Logo - In June 1955 Motorola introduced a new brand logo, the stylized "M" insignia, or "emsignia." A company leader said the two aspiring triangle peaks arching into an abstracted "M" typified the progressive leadership-minded outlook of the company.

Logotype and emsignia monogram examples, ca. 1960

Logotype and emsignia monogram examples, ca. 1960

May 2015

15 years ago – 2000 Accompli Chinese Wireless Internet Phone - The 2000 Motorola Accompli A6188 phone used a touch-screen display with Chinese handwriting recognition technology. It included an electronic organizer, an English/Chinese dictionary and Internet access capability.

Motorola Accompli A6188 wireless Internet phone

Motorola Accompli A6188 wireless Internet phone, closed, 2000

55 years ago – 1960 Astronaut TV – The 1960 Motorola Astronaut television, a 19-inch model, was the world's first large-screen, transistorized, cordless portable television.

Motorola Astronaut portable television print ad, 1960

Motorola Astronaut portable television print ad, 1960.

April 2015

10 years ago – In 2005 Motorola introduced the GSM model C115 cellular phone in India which was priced below US$40 and included features such as text messaging and long battery life. The GSM Association selected Motorola as the first handset provider for its Emerging Market Handset (EMH) Program.

 

35 years ago – Ahwatukee Experimental Home - Motorola was a sponsor of the experimental 1980 Ahwatukee home in Arizona, USA. Motorola technologies controlled information, security, entertainment, electrical, environmental and energy management systems for the home.

The Ahwatukee solar­ powered house featured a computer system that used Motorola sensing and control integrated circuits. The Crow Indian word "Ahwatukee" translates as "shining house of dreams."

45 years ago – Science Advisory Board Associates (SABA) - In 1970 Motorola formed the Science Advisory Board Associates (SABA) to recognize outstanding technical contributions of exceptionally creative Motorola engineers and scientists.

Motorola Science Advisory Board associate member certificate, circa 1976.

March 2015

31 years ago – 1985

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.

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X commercial portable cellular phone

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X commercial portable cellular phone, the 28­ounce (794­gram) phone was marketed to consumers in 1984.

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.

Motorola DynaTAC 6000X mobile (car) cellular phone

Motorola DynaTAC 6000X mobile (car) cellular phone, circa 1984.

February 2015

15 years ago – 1999

1iDEN 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.

Motorola iDEN i1000plus portable handset, 1999.

Motorola iDEN i1000plus portable handset, 1999.

January 2015

85 years – 1930
First Motorola Brand Car Radio – In 1930 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation introduced the Motorola radio, one of the first commercially successful car radios. Company founder Paul V. Galvin created the brand Motorola for the car radio—linking "motor" (for motorcar) with "ola" (which implied sound). Thus the Motorola brand meant sound in motion.

First Motorola brand car radio, close-up of tuner

First Motorola brand car radio, close-up of tuner (control head). The tuning control of the first Motorola brand car radio was mounted on the steering column.

December 2014

40 years ago – MC6800 Microprocessor- In 1974 Motorola introduced its first microprocessor, the MC6800 8-bit model. The MC6800 microprocessor was used in automotive, computing and video game applications.

 

November 2014

85 years ago the year – Early Motorola Home Radios- In addition to battery eliminators, in 1929 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation produced a few home radios with various nameplates for resellers and stores. Business slowed after the October 1929 stock market crash.

October 2014

20 years ago – Cyrillic-Language Pager- Motorola introduced the Advisor alphanumeric pager in Russia in 1994. It could receive Cyrillic-language characters.

 

September 2014

75 years ago this year – National Motorola Advertising. The first Motorola U.S. national advertising campaign was underway by 1938. The campaign included print media, road signs and billboards.

 

August 2014

15 years ago – Timeport World Phone The 1999 Motorola Timeport L7089 phone operated on all three GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) digital radio bands. People could use the same Timeport phone when travelling to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

 

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.

Keyboard

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

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).

Motorola MicroTAC Personal Cellular Telephone

MARCH 2014

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.

Motorola DynaTac portable cellular telephone

FEBRUARY 2014

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.

JANUARY 2014

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.

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.

Moto TV Hour

The "Motorola TV Hour"

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.

DynaTAC Cell System

The DynaTAC Cell System

NOVEMBER 2013

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.

OCTOBER 2013

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.

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.

Motorola DynaTAC

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X commercial portable cellular phone, 1983.

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
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.

Battery eliminator

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

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.


ARCHIVIST'S CORNER

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.

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