Motorola is a US-based manufacturer of electronic equipment. The company
was founded in 1928 by Paul Galvin and started in Chicago (Illinois, USA)
as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. The first product was a
battery-eliminator for using radio receivers in automobiles.
In 1930, the company name was changed to Motorola,
after that name had been acquired from William Lear.
A few years later they started using the Motorola brand name
as a trademark. The 'bat' symbol is from 1955.
In the past, Motorola has produced radio communication equipment,
mobile phones, cellular base stations, wireless network infrastructures,
set-top boxes, digital video recorders,
television sets (later sold to Panasonic),
electronic components (now: ON Semiconductor),
Government and Defence electronics
(sold to General Dynamics),
automotive equipment (sold to Continental AG),
Biometrics solutions (sold to Safran, France),
Satellite technology (Iridium Satellite project), etc.
On 4 January 2011, Motorola was split into two separate public companies:
Motorola Mobility and
In August 2011, Motorola Mobility was sold to Google, who sold it on
to Lenovo in 2014.
Most of the encryption products, and in particular the AIM cryptographic
processor technology, are now sold by
General Dynamics C4 Systems (GD), who bought
the Integrated Information Systems Group (IISG) from Motorola in 2001
for US$ 825 million .
Motorola is still a major player in mobile data and voice networks for both the
public and for law enforcement agencies. In the past they have produced,
for example, radio and data terminals for the police, cryptographic solutions
and secure telephone equipment. Some of that equipment is featured on this
website. Click any of the thumbnail images below for further information.
Motorola equipment on this website
Most Motorola devices that provide some level of encryption, are protected
by means of a cryptographic key that has to be entered into the device,
either manually or with a so-called key loader. In Motorola terminology,
a key loader was known as a code inserter or a key variable
loader. The following key loaders are known:
Only 2 algorithms can be supported smultaneously. Each algorithm
has to be ordered separately from Motorola. Upgrades for the KVL-3000
are not longer available. Check before buying.
Each algorithm has to be ordered separately, so there is no guarantee
that they are already loaded when you buy one. This version does not
support the old DVP format.
Used with the SE-160
and SE-660 mobile radios developed
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