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Motorola started as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation in 1928. The name of the company was changed to Motorola in 1947, but the word had been used as a trademark since the 1930s.

Many of the company's products have been radio-related, starting with a battery eliminator for radios, through defense electronics and mobile phone manufacturing. The company is also strong in semiconductor technology, including chips used in computers. Motorola has been the main supplier for the microprocessor used in Apple Power Macintosh personal computers. This chip, the PowerPC, was developed with IBM. Motorola has a diverse line of communication products, including satellite systems, digital cable boxes and modems.

See also Dragonball


Founder Paul Galvin came up with the name Motorola when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. A number of early companies making phonographs, radios, and other audio equipment in the early 20th century used the suffix "-ola", the most famous being the Victrola.

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