MOTOROLA - The forgotten legacy of a great company PART 2
The evolution of a company is similar to of a child ,includes determination and efforts of lots of people together. Now as the evolution goes on Motorola had no great progress until its processors and handheld phones hit the markets
ERA OF HANDHELD PHONE
Prior to 1973, mobile telephony was limited to phones installed in cars and other vehicles. Motorola was the first company to produce a handheld mobile phone. On April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive, made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, his rival. The prototype handheld phone used by Dr. Cooper weighed 1.1 kilograms ,imagine how we would be using it now if exists . The prototype offered a talk time of just 30 minutes and took 10 hours to re-charge, a huge duration at that era of time
John F. Mitchell Motorola's chief of portable communication products and Cooper's boss in 1973, played a key role in advancing the development of handheld mobile telephone equipment. Mitchell failed to push Motorola into developing wireless communication products that would be small enough to use anywhere and participated in the design of the cellular phone.
APPLE MAC COMPUTERS HAD MOTOROLA
In the late 1980s, new trends began taking over the computing industry, overshadowing the legacy CPU architectures.
Apple partnered with IBM and Motorola to design a common CPU platform that could rival the “Wintel” (Microsoft-Intel) who were dominating the industry at the time . The Power Macintosh 6100 used the PowerPC architecture, following which around 87 different Mac models used the same .c Cock speeds increased from 60 MHz all the way up to 2.7 GHz, which was remarkable for that era.
The 1984 Apple Macintosh computer had an 8 MHz Motorola 68000 CPU. While in development, an early Mac prototype used an 8/16-bit Motorola 6809 CPU. But after a designer noticed the impressive graphics routines that were being created for the 68000-based Apple Lisa, the more expensive 16/32-bit 68000 was chosen.
While the Apple Lisa used only a 5 MHz 68000, the new Mac prototype could run at 8 MHz . Steve Jobs was quite satisfied for this.
Over the following decade, every Macintosh used successors of the 68000, including the pure 32-bit 68020, 68030, and 68040 chips. These got faster and more complex over time. On the whole, at least 72 different Macs used 68k CPUs, with the last one being the PowerBook 190 in 1995.
The final Apple PowerPC model was released back in November 2005.
Still the company is trying hard to get the market of smartphones , but due to its lack of fluidity in manufacturing at early stages of smartphone era it's progress is quite slow till now.
Hope you guys enjoyed knowing about a fine company's story , still more stories to cover happy learning😇