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A Timeline Overview of Motorola History
1928—2008

MOTOROLA HISTORY
A Timeline Overview of Motorola History 1928-2008

A timeline overview of Motorola heritage from its founding as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation in 1928 to its position today as a global leader in communications and electronics. Events may be Motorola, industry or world firsts. 1920s 1928 Founding of Company On September 25, 1928, Paul V. Galvin and his brother, Joseph, incorporated Motorola’s founding company—the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation—in Chicago, Illinois, USA. 1928 Battery Eliminator Galvin Manufacturing Corporation's first product was a 1928 battery eliminator. This home electronics device allowed battery-powered radios to run on standard household electric current. The company’s first customer was Sears, Roebuck and Co., which sold battery eliminators to consumers.

1930s 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 Public Safety Radio Sales Galvin Manufacturing Corporation began selling Motorola car radios to police departments and municipalities in 1930. Police Cruiser Radio Receiver In 1936 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation introduced the Motorola Police Cruiser radio receiver, a one-way car radio designed to receive police broadcasts. The heavy-duty radio was tuned to a single frequency specified by the customer.

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1936

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MOTOROLA HISTORY
A Timeline Overview of Motorola History 1928-2008

1937

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

1938

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

1939

First Motorola Two-Way Radio In 1939 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation introduced its first Motorola two-way radio. Public safety officers used the radio to transmit and receive voice communications from their cars.

1940s 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 an icon on World War II battlefronts.

1940

Research and Development Program In 1940 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation (later Motorola) built its research and development program when Daniel E. Noble, a pioneer in FM radio and semiconductor technologies, joined the company as director of research.

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MOTOROLA HISTORY
A Timeline Overview of Motorola History 1928-2008

1940

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.

1941

First Motorola Commercial FM Two-Way Radio System Galvin Manufacturing Corporation introduced its first commercial line of Motorola FM vehicular two-way radio systems and equipment in 1941. The first Motorola FM system was installed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

1943

World's First FM Portable Two-Way Radio In 1943 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation (later Motorola) designed the world's first FM portable two-way radio, the SCR300 backpack model, for the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Weighing 35 pounds (15.9 kilograms), the "walkie-talkie" radio had a range of 10 to 20 miles (16-32 kilometers).

1944

First Motorola Business FM Two-Way Radio In 1944 Galvin...
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