Simon Segars remembers joining what is now ARM Holdings plc, in 1991, when he was one of 16 engineers working away in a converted barn in the English countryside near Cambridge.
Now, 22 years later, ARM Holdings has moved up in the world. It’s still based in Cambridge, but ARM is a global company that develops and licenses vital technology for processing chips that go in everything from smartphones to industrial controls and automobile electronics.
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Former name: Advanced RISC Machines Ltd.
Global employment: about 2,400; two-thirds of all employees are engineers.
Headquarters: Cambridge, England
Revenue: $913 million (U.S.) in 2012, up 16 percent from year before.
Profit from operations: $262.9 million (U.S.) in 2012.
Total number of ARM processor license agreements through 2012: 954.
Number of companies (including software makers) in ARM’s “connected community”: more than 1,000
How ARM makes money: It collects license fees from other chip companies that use its designs. It also collects small royalty payments for all the ARM-based chips its partners sell. It also sells “physical intellectual property,” which is manufacturing technology that can be used to build its chips.
Number of ARM-based chips shipped in 2012: 8.7 billion
Penetration of various markets: Mobile phones, 95 percent; networking equipment, 35 percent; digtal TVs, 45 percent.
ARM royalty fees per mobile phone: $1.18 in 2012