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Motorola ((NASDAQ: MOT) is a communications company, better known to Apple users as a supplier of microprocessors.



Motorola was Apple's main supplier for the PowerPC line of chips, including:

Motorola also supplied chips for 68k-based Macintoshes, including:

The 68060 had just finished development when Apple transitioned to the PowerPC architecture, so no 68060-based Macs were ever released.


In July 2004, the chip producing section of Motorola was spun off into a new company, Freescale Semiconductors. Freescale continues to provide G4 processors for use in Apple's iBook, PowerBook, Mac mini and eMac lines.

Departure from Motorola

In 2002, Apple broke with its tradition of using Motorola for its main supplier of chips and instead used the PowerPC 970 from IBM, also known as the G5, as its new chip for the Power Mac and later iMac lines. In 2005, Apple also announced it plans to move away from the PowerPC architecture entirely in favor of the x86-based Intel processors, beginning in mid-2006.


In 1996 and 1997, Motorola produced the StarMax line Macintosh Clone systems.

iTunes phones

In September 2005, Motorola became the first company other than Apple to produce a portable device authorized to play music purchased from the iTunes Music Store. Products with this capability include the ROKR E1 and RAZR V3i phones.