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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 1930's.

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.

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