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Cavium is a low-profile star in the tech world. Look under the hood of hardware products from the likes of [f500link]Cisco[/f500link], Netgear, and [f500link]IBM[/f500link], and chances are you’ll find a Cavium-made semiconductor processor powering them. Mainly used by manufacturers of networking equipment, the company’s chips are in high demand: Net revenues grew 46% last year to $603 million. Cavium’s challenge now is to keep that growth going in a semiconductor market for which experts have widely different ­forecasts—with many wondering whether key sectors like the PC and smartphone markets are booming or plateauing. Cavium’s recent acquisition of cloud solution tech provider QLogic was made with an eye toward strengthening its position in the data center, cloud, and storage markets.

Company Information

Overall Score2.7
Sector
Technology
Industry
Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components
CEO
Syed B. Ali
Websitehttp://www.caviumnetworks.com
Employees1,831
HQ Location
San Jose, Calif.
Revenues ($M) (Past 12 Months)$866
Profits ($M) (Past 12 Months)$-198
Market Value as of Oct. 9, 2017 ($M)$4,735