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Annual Report Archives

Documents found in the Motorola Annual Report Archives provide historical snapshots of financial, product, and company information for fiscal years dating back to 1943. Browse the selection of reports below to learn more about our history. To see recent annual reports visit Investor Relations.

The 1940s

During this decade the company expanded its R&D program, offered its first public stock, changed its name, and developed two-way radio systems for industrial, public safety and military users. Motorola continued its home and car radio business, entered the television market, and began research into new semiconductor technologies.

The 1950s

In the 1950s Motorola established its first international subsidiary. The home and car entertainment and electronics businesses grew. Annual reports discuss initiatives as diverse as electronics for the NASA space program, commercial semiconductors and paging systems.

The 1960s
Annual reports during the 1960s cover Motorola's extensive contributions to consumer electronics as well as to solid-state public safety and government communications systems. Motorola technology carried the first words from the moon to Earth. The company's international operations expanded during this decade.

The 1970s

During the 1970s Motorola demonstrated the world's first prototype portable cellular system and phone. The company exited its consumer electronics businesses and focused on developing new high tech communications systems including data radios, computer-aided radio dispatch and trunked systems. Expertise in semiconductor technology led to new families of microprocessors.

The 1980s

Motorola launched the world's first commercial portable cellular phone in the 1980s. A renewed emphasis on quality led to the company inventing the Six Sigma quality process and winning the first U.S. Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The 2000s

During the 2000s Motorola developed IP-based, wideband and multi-band systems for mission critical applications. Company acquisitions added cable set-top, enterprise mobile computing and advanced data capture expertise. At the end of the decade the company prepared to separate from its cellular handset and cable businesses, setting the stage for a new era for the company. For recent reports visit Investor Relations.