The chips and microprocessors that power not only personal computers but also an increasingly broad array of consumer electronic devices, everything from third-generation cellular phones to MP3 music players and personal digital assistants.

ARM Holdings
Public company based in Cambridge, England
CEO: Robin Saxby
What it does: Licenses its high-performance RISC microprocessors and system-on-chip designs for applications in consumer goods as well as encryption and industrial technology
Why it is hot: The...

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