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Motorola BPR2000 Pager

Motorola BPR2000 Pager

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Description
Motorola produced this BPR 2000 model pager around 1982. Prior to the widespread availability of inexpensive cell phones many people carried telephone pagers to stay in contact with work or home. A miniature radio receiver, a pager alerted the user that someone needed to talk to them and provided the call-back number. The BPR 2000 featured a dual address and numerical display to also show the user the source of an incoming call. Later alphanumeric pagers could communicate messages to the user. Pager use declined as cell phone coverage expanded across the U.S.
Object Name
pager
date made
1982
maker
Motorola Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 3/4 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 6.985 cm x 6.0325 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
1997.0246.05
catalog number
1997.0246.05
accession number
1997.0246
Credit Line
from the Motorola Museum
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Communications
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I had the pleasure of writing much of the software for this pager. It was Motorola's first microprocessor-based pager. It used a Motorola 6805E2 processor which had 2 kilobytes of read-only memory for program storage and 112 bytes of random-access memory for program variables. The processor clock was 100KHz. My colleague on the project and I developed several innovative techniques to carry out the signal processing and interface work performed by the processor.
BPR2000 is why we changed from calling them pagers to calling them BeePeRs.

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