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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 Cisco, Netgear, and IBM, 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
    Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components
    Syed B. Ali
    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