2017

  • July 2017
  • 25 Years Ago - 1992
    NewsStream Pager

    NewsStream Pager

    The 1992 Motorola NewsStream pager provided email, text messages, and news and financial headlines to portable computer users.

  • 75 Years Ago - 1942
    Motorola logo

    Military Vehicular Radios

    In 1942 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation developed and produced SCR509, SCR510, SCR609 and SCR610 FM vehicular two-way radios for the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

  • June 2017
  • 75 Years Ago - 1942
    V70 cellular phone

    Army-Navy Awards

    Beginning in 1942 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation received five U.S. Army-Navy "E" awards for excellence in production.

  • 75 Years Ago - 1942

    Converted Motorola Car Radios

    In 1942 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation converted 125,000 Motorola car radios into home radios. These were some of the few consumer radios available in the United States during World War II.

  • May 2017
  • 70 Years Ago - 1947
    Motorola Home Entertainment Radios

    Company Name Change

    In 1947 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation became Motorola, Inc.

  • 10 Years Ago - 2007
    Motorola logo

    Motorola on Mount Everest

    In 2007 mountaineer Rod Baber used a Motorola MOTORIZR Z8 cellular phone on the highest peak of Mount Everest to make the highest-ever land-based portable phone call and text message. The call was made from the Himalayan mountain’s north ridge, at an altitude of 29,035 feet (8,848 meters).

  • April 2017
  • 40 Years Ago - 1977
    V70 cellular phone

    Developmental DynaTAC Cellular System

    In 1977 the FCC granted a developmental license for a Motorola DynaTAC cellular system in the Washington, D.C.—Baltimore, Maryland, USA, metropolitan area. The system was operated by American Radio-Telephone Service, Inc.

  • 25 Years Ago - 1992

    Motorola (China) Electronics Ltd

    Motorola (China) Electronics Ltd. was established in 1992 with an initial investment of US$120 million.

  • 55 Years Ago - 1962

    Integrated Circuits

    In 1962 Motorola introduced its first commercial integrated circuits, including emitter-coupled logic devices.

  • March 2017
  • 80 years ago - 1937
    Motorola Home Entertainment Radios

    Motorola Home Entertainment Radios

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

  • 50 years ago - 1967
    Motorola logo

    Motorola Logo Update

    In 1967 Motorola added a circle to its "M" insignia logo.

  • February 2017
  • 15 Years Ago - 2002
    V70 cellular phone

    Motorola V70 Cellular Phone

    In 2002 Motorola introduced the V70 cellular phone. The V70 phone's innovative shape, featuring a round display and rotating cover, marked Motorola's renewed focus on consumer-experience design.

  • 10 Years Ago - 2007
    StarTACIII cellular phone in South Korea

    StarTACIII Cellular Phone

    In 2007 Motorola introduced the StarTACIII cellular phone in South Korea. The phone’s design built on the popularity of earlier Motorola StarTAC models, first launched in 1996.

  • 55 Years Ago - 1962

    Radio for First American in Orbit

    A Motorola radio receiver on board American astronaut John Glenn's Mercury spacecraft received signals from Earth in 1962.

  • January 2017
  • 80 years ago - 1937
    First Company-Owned Motorola Facility

    First Company-Owned Motorola Facility

    In 1937 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation (later Motorola) moved into a new headquarters and manufacturing facility at 4545 West Augusta Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

  • 15 years ago - 2002

    First GPRS Cellular Network in India

    Motorola supplied equipment for India's first GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) cellular network in the city of Mumbai in 2002.

2016

  • December 2016
  • 75 years ago - 1941
    Radio - Portable two-way radio, model SCR511 circa 1943.

    SCR511 Portable Two-Way Radio

    In 1941 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation designed the SCR511 portable two-way radio for use on horseback by the U.S. Army cavalry. Dubbed the "pogo stick," the radio was mounted on a staff or guidon so it could be supported by a saddle stirrup.

  • 10 years ago - 2006
     

    IEEE Standards Association Award

    Motorola received the IEEE Standards Association’s 2006 Corporate Award. The award recognized Motorola for outstanding contributions that allowed people to be mobile and connected across the globe.

  • November 2016
  • 75 years ago - 1941
    Playboy - Motorola Playboy H305 portable radio retail display

    Motorola Playboy Radio

    In 1941 the Motorola Playboy personal radio, with an antenna hidden inside its front cover, was one of the smallest portable radios on the market.

  • 30 years ago - 1986
     

    Motorola Delegation to China

    Robert W. Galvin, chairman of the Motorola board of directors, led a delegation to China in 1986. The goal was to learn how China and Motorola could benefit from investments and technology transfers.

  • October 2016
  • 25 years ago - 1991
    Bravo Express numeric pager

    Bravo Express Pager

    Motorola introduced the Bravo Express numeric pager in 1991. It featured message-storing, time-stamping, and a silent, vibrating alert function and came in a variety of colors.

  • 30 years ago - 1986
    Sigma Quality Process

    Six Sigma Quality Process

    Motorola invented the Six Sigma quality improvement process in 1986. Six Sigma provided a common worldwide language for measuring quality and became a global standard.

  • September 2016
  • 10 years ago - 2006
    MOTOKRZR k1m cellular phone, 2006.

    MOTOKRZR Phone

    Motorola introduced the MOTOKRZR cell phone in 2006. The slender MOTOKRZR phone measured 17 millimeters thin and 44 millimeters wide, and featured a high-gloss vacuum metal finish and flash graphic user interface.

  • 10 years ago - 2006

    China Social Responsibility Award

    The president of Motorola (China) Electronics Ltd., Ruey Bin Kao, received the 2006 China Business Leader Award for corporate social responsibilities. Motorola was recognized for supporting educational programs across China for the preceding 13 years.

  • 15 years ago - 2001
    Patent drawing, 2001

    Semiconductor Breakthrough

    In 2001 Motorola scientists were the first to combine successfully the elements silicon and gallium arsenide on a single semiconductor chip.

  • August 2016
  • Motorola Brazil 10th Anniversary
    Motorola cellular phone manufacturing, Jaguariuna, Brazil, 1997.

    10 years ago - 2006
    20 years ago - 1996

    Motorola commemorated 10 years of manufacturing and research and development activities in Brazil in 2006. Motorola began producing pagers, mobile handsets and other wireless equipment at its Jaguariúna Industrial and Technological Campus in São Paulo in 1996.

  • World’s First Dual-Mode Cellular Phone
    Motorola MicroTAC Lite portable cellular phone, open flip, circa 1991.

    25 years ago - 1991

    In August 1991 Motorola introduced the world’s first dual-mode portable cellular phone, the MicroTAC Lite model. The MicroTAC Lite phone was compatible with both AMPS and NAMPS analog cellular transmission standards.

  • July 2016
  • Timeport 7382i Phone
    Timeport 7382i Phone

    15 years ago - 2001

    The 2001 Motorola Timeport 7382i phone was the first General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) cellular phone available in North America. GPRS phones offered users always-on access to the Internet.

  • World's Smallest Prototype Pocket Television
    In 1966, Motorola developed the world’s smallest portable television receiver at the time.  Four penlight batteries powered the 1.125 inch (2.86 cm) black & white experimental miniature set, referred to as the "Tiny Tim TV".

    50 years ago - 1966

    In 1966, Motorola developed the world’s smallest portable television receiver at the time. Four penlight batteries powered the 1.125 inch (2.86 cm) black & white experimental miniature set, referred to as the "Tiny Tim TV".

  • June 2016
  • Transituner and Golden Satellite TV
    Motorola Transituner television remote control advertisement

    60 years ago – 1956

    Transituner and Golden Satellite TV In 1956, Motorola introduced its first fully transistorized remote control for television. It was called the Transituner.

    The Golden Satellite television was Motorola's first TV with a remote control.

  • May 2016
  • MOTOSLVR (RED) Cellular Phone
    MOTOSLVR L7 portable cellular phone for (RED), 2006.

    10 years ago – 2006

    Motorola introduced the red MOTOSLVR cellular phone in the U.K. to support RED in 2006. (RED) raised awareness and money for the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.

  • MOTO Q Business Phone
    Moto Q, 2006

    10 years ago – 2006

    In 2006 Motorola introduced the MOTO Q with full QWERTY keyboard, a Microsoft Windows mobile software-based smartphone.

  • April 2016
  • Pagers in Asia
    Motorola Advisor alphanumeric pager with Chinese display, 1993

    25 years ago – 1991

    In 1991 the Asian paging market was booming as Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in Japan ordered its one-millionth pager from Motorola. Motorola also produced Chinese and Thai language versions of its Advisor alphanumeric pager.

  • March 2016
  • Motorola MING Smart Phone
    Motorola MING A1200 portable cellular phone, closed view, 2006.

    10 years ago – 2006

    Motorola introduced the MING touch screen smart phone in Asia in 2006. It used advanced handwriting software to recognize more than 10,000 handwritten characters of the Chinese alphabet.

  • Motorola V120
    Motorola V120 cellular phones, 2001.

    15 years ago – 2001

    In 2001 Motorola introduced the V120 portable cell phone for customers in Brazil. The V120 phone used the CDMA digital cellular transmission standard.

  • World's First GSM Cellular System
    Motorola GSM digital portable and mobile (car) cellular telephones, brochure cover, Europe, 1991.

    25 years ago – 1991

    Motorola demonstrated the world's first GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) working-prototype cellular system and phones in Hanover, Germany, in 1991.

  • February 2016
  • Bravo Pager FLEX
    Motorola Bravo numeric pager

    30 years ago – 1986

    Motorola introduced the Bravo numeric pager in 1986. It became the world's best-selling pager. The Motorola Bravo numeric pager could store five 24-character messages. Introduced in 1986, Bravo pagers became worldwide best sellers. Motorola was the sole American manufacturer of pagers by the late 1980s.

  • January 2016
  • Motorola V60 Cellular Phone
    Motorola V60 Cellular Phone

    10 years – 2001

    In 2001 Motorola introduced a metal portable cellular phone, the V60 model, with Internet access, text messaging and voice-activated dialing. A year later, the V60 phone became available in all three cellular technologies-GSM, TDMA and CDMA-and quickly became a worldwide best seller.

  • China's First Cellular System
    China's First Cellular System

    30 years – 1986

    In 1986 China selected Motorola to supply the country’s first 800 MHz cellular system.

  • Transistorized Car Radio
    Transistorized Car Radio

    60 years – 1956

    A 1956 automobile radio was Motorola's first commercial product to use transistors. The radio was smaller and more durable than previous models and used less vehicle battery power.

  • October 2015
  • Mariner and Montana Modem Cards
    Motorola Montana and Mariner modem cards, 1996.

    20 years – 1995

    Motorola's 1995 Mariner and Montana modem and fax cards allowed users of mobile computers to connect to computer networks through cellular telephones.

  • Silicon Transistor
    Motorola Mesa transistor graphic, circa 1960.

    55 years – 1960

    In 1960 Motorola introduced the high-speed Mesa model, one of the smallest commercial transistors available.

  • Motorola Custom Car Radios
    Motorola car radio brochure cover, circa 1935.

    80 years – 1935

    In 1935 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation offered a line of Motorola car radios with control heads designed to match the instrument panels of most cars.

  • September 2015
  • The Motorola Brand is born!
    First Motorola brand car radio, close-up of tuner (control head), 1930.

     

    In 1930 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
    included (left to right): First Motorola brand car radio, 1930. Parts included: radio receiver, tuning control and speaker.

    85 years – 1930

    In 1930 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation introduced the Motorola radio, one of the first commercially successful car radios.

  • RSVP Pager
    Motorola RSVP pager (combined cellular phone battery and pager), installed on back of MicroTAC cellular telephone.

    20 years – 1995

    The 1995 Motorola RSVP numeric pager fit onto the back of any MicroTAC personal cellular telephone in place of a standard battery. It combined a pager with a cellular phone battery, allowing MicroTAC phone customers to receive numeric pages.

  • August 2015
  • Motorola Sporter Radio
    Man wearing a Motorola Sporter personal sports portable radio, model 41S.

    75 years ago – 1940

    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.

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

    50 years – 1965

    With Ford Motor Company and RCA Corp., Motorola designed and manufactured 8-track tape players for the automotive market in 1965.

  • World's First Two-Way Pager
    Motorola Tango two-way personal messaging pager, 1995.

    20 years – 1995

    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.

  • July 2015
  • Handie-Talkie SCR536 Radio
    Galvin Manufacturing Corporation (later Motorola) Handie-Talkie SCR536 portable two-way radio, circa 1940.

    75 years ago – 1940

    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.

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

    40 years ago – 1975

    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.

  • Tough Talker Cellular Phone
    Motorola Tough Talker transportable cellular phone, circa 1990.

    30 years ago – 1985

    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.

  • June 2015
  • World's First GPRS Cellular System
    Motorola Timeport P7389i GPRS cellular phone, left side view, 2000.

    15 years ago – 2000

    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.

  • Stylized "M" Motorola Logo
    Logotype and emsignia monogram examples, ca. 1960

    60 years ago – 1955

    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.

  • May 2015
  • Accompli Chinese Wireless Internet Phone
    Motorola Accompli A6188 wireless Internet phone, closed, 2000

    15 years ago – 2000

    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.

  • Astronaut TV
    Motorola Astronaut portable television print ad, 1960.</p>
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    55 years ago – 1960

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

  • April 2015
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    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.

  • Ahwatukee Experimental 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.'

    35 years ago

    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.

  • Science Advisory Board Associates (SABA)
    Motorola Science Advisory Board associate member certificate, circa 1976.

    45 years ago

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

  • March 2015
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    Motorola DynaTAC 8000X commercial portable cellular phone, the 28­ounce (794­gram) phone was marketed to consumers in 1984.

    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.

  • Vehicular Cellular Phone
    Motorola DynaTAC 6000X mobile (car) cellular phone, circa 1984.

     

    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.

  • February 2015
  • 1iDEN i1000plus Handset
    Motorola iDEN i1000plus portable handset, 1999.

    15 years ago – 1999

    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.

  • January 2015
  • First Motorola Brand Car Radio
    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.

    85 years – 1930

    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.

  • December 2014
  • MC6800 Microprocessor
     

    40 years ago

    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
  • MC6800 Microprocessor
     

    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
  • Cyrillic-Language Pager
     

    20 years ago

    Motorola introduced the Advisor alphanumeric pager in Russia in 1994. It could receive Cyrillic-language characters.

  • September 2014
  • National Motorola Advertising
     

    75 years ago this year

    The first Motorola U.S. national advertising campaign was underway by 1938. The campaign included print media, road signs and billboards.

  • August 2014
  • Timeport World Phone
     

    15 years ago

    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
  • MC68020 Microprocessor
    MC68020, the world's first true 32-bit microprocessor.

    30 years ago

    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.

  • Television Commercials
     

    50 years ago

    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
  • Push-To-Talk Over Cellular
     

    10 years ago

    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
  • MicroTAC Personal Cellular Telephone
    MicroTAC personal cellular telephone

    25 years ago

    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
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    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.

  • February 2014
  • iDEN i1000plus Handset
     

    15 years ago

    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
  • iDEN Digital Radio
     

    20 years ago

    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.

  • Pageboy Pager
     

    50 years ago

    In 1964 Motorola introduced the transistorized Pageboy pager, a standard tool for business.

  • December 2013
  • The Motorola TV Hour
    The 'Motorola TV Hour'

    60 years ago

    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.

  • Motorola's First Cellular System
     

    30 years ago

    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.

  • DSP96001 Digital Signal Processor
    The DynaTAC Cell System

    30 years ago

    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.

  • November 2013
  • Bandit Pager Factory
     

    70 years ago

    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
  • Phones for First U.S. Commercial Cellular Phone Service
     

    30 years ago

    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.

  • Scalatron Electronic Organ
     

    40 years ago

    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
  • World's First Commercial Portable Cellular Phone
    Motorola DynaTAC 8000X commercial portable cellular phone, 1983.

    30 years ago

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

     

    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
  • FLEX Digital Paging
     

    20 years ago

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

  • June 2013
  • World's First Truly Rectangular Color TV Tube
     

    50 years ago

    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
  • The "Young Couple Stereo"
     

    50 years ago

    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
  • World's First Portable Cellular Demonstration
     

    40 years ago

    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
  • First U.S. National Quality Award
     

    25 years ago

    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
  • A760 Cellular Phone
     

    10 years ago

    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 2013
  • Augusta Boulevard Facility
     

    75 years ago this year

    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
  • World's First Portable Cellular Demonstration
     

    April 3, 1973

    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).

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    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.