Coming in at number one on the list, we have Qualcomm Inc., a leader in 3G, 4G, and next-generation wireless technologies and the largest provider of wireless chipsets and software. Headed by CEO, Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, the company saw $6.24 billion in revenue during the third quarter of 2013 and powers the majority of 3G devices in commercial markets. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family of mobile processors offers a combination of performance, connectivity, and power efficiency capable of enabling an entirely new generation of smartphones and tablets. The Snapdragon 800 processor powers the first LTE-advanced smartphone, Samsung’s Galaxy S4, enabling data speeds up to 150 Mbps. The 800 processor features an integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE modem and is designed to support LTE carrier aggregation without sacrificing battery life. Looking towards the future, Qualcomm is also working on developing small cell base stations to enhance wireless connectivity in residential and business environments to manage increasing data demands.
Second place went to Seagate Technology, renowned for their hard disk drives and storage solutions. CEO Stephen Luczo led the company to become the first hard disk drive manufacturer to ship two billion hard disk drives, just four years after shipping their first billion. Seagate also reported revenue of $3.4 billion during the fourth quarter of 2013 and a gross margin of 27.4%. This year the company announced what is proposed to be the “world’s fastest hard drive,” the Enterprise Turbo™ SSHD. The solid state hybrid drive combines the capacity of a regular hard drive with solid-state flashing enabling high-speed performance. With storage technology shifting towards cloud services, Seagate aims to remain on the forefront by providing innovative network solutions.
LSI Corp., specializing in semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in datacenters and mobile networks, came in at the number three spot. With Abhi Talwalkar as CEO, LSI reported revenue of $590 million for the second quarter of 2013. The company also recently announced two major products: the Axxia 3400 processors and the LSI® SAS 9300. The Axxia 3400 family, designed to meet the growing demands for integrated, scalable, and unified networks, will be used in small cells to be deployed by Verizon Wireless in dense urban areas. The LSI® SAS 9300, a 12Gb/s storage solution aimed to meet high-performance workstation needs such as data mining and video streaming, is the first of its kind to be shipped. As network traffic is slated to continually increase, LSI is working to find ways to accelerate storage even further.
At number four is Cadence Design Systems Inc., for their software, hardware, IP and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. Led by CEO Lip-Bu Tan, Cadence reported second quarter revenue of $362 million for 2013. This year they also fully acquired Evatronix, further expanding their portfolio of silicon-proven IP’s. In order to help cut down on engineers’ design time, Cadence recently introduced their Virtuoso Electrically Aware Design (EAD) software. The program aims to increase design team productivity and circuit performance for custom ICS while cutting down on time by enabling real-time parasitic extraction during layout. The company is continually working on expanding their portfolio and product selection.
With Tim Cook at the reigns and revenue of $35.3 billion during the third quarter, Apple Inc. takes fifth place. 2013 marked the year for radical design changes from the company, specifically with iOS 7 and the Mac Pro. iOS 7 boasts an entirely new “flat” design and overhauled typography, redesigned control and notification centers, and translucency and motion features that will make iPhone and iPad use that much more engaging. The next generation of Mac Pro deskstop showcases an entirely new architecture around a unified thermal core. The Pro features next generation Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCle-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory and all within a 9.9-inch tall package. With rumors of a “budget” iPhone on the horizon, where Apple goes next is entirely up to them.
Western Digital Corp., the global provider of storage devices, networking equipment, and home entertainment products, comes in at number six. Headed by Stephen Milligan, the company reported fourth quarter revenue of $3.7 billion. 2013 was also the year of acquisitions for Western Digital; the company acquired two different portfolio-expanding companies. Privately-held VeloBit was acquired for their high-performance storage I/O optimization software which adds a transparent acceleration layer utilizing solid state drives. STec, Inc., an innovator in enterprise solid-state drives, was also acquired, expanding Western Digital’s storage capability solutions.
EMC Corp., who comes in at the number seven spot, reported second quarter revenue of $5.6 billion. Headed by Joseph Tucci, the company specializes in enabling business and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. 2013 marked the year that EMC was recognized on the EPA’s National Top 50 list of the largest green power purchasers; purchasing 175 million kWh of green power a year, the equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 26,000 cars per year. EMC also recently announced a new office in Ireland which will create 200 highly skilled jobs by the end of the summer.
In the number eight spot is National Instruments, whose graphical system design approach provides a user-friendly platform for any system in need of measurement and control. Under control of CEO Dr. James Truchard, the company reported second quarter revenue of $296 million. In 2013, National Instruments also opened new offices in Silicon Valley, California and Santiago, Chile. A collaboration with Kollmorgen was also announced, combining National Instrument’s motion control software with Kollmorgen’s motion systems and components.
Honeywell International Inc. took the number nine spot and with second quarter sales of $9,693 million. 2013 was also a banner year for CEO Dave Cote, who was named Chief Executive Magazine’s CEO of the Year. Honeywell, which designs and manufactures technologies aimed at addressing global concerns such as energy efficiency and cleanliness, announced a $200 million investment towards its four production facilities in Louisiana for the production of new, environmentally friendly products. The company was also awarded $37 million to build and provide ongoing maintenance for Airbus’ new aircraft assembly site in Mobile, Alabama over the next 10 years.
Rounding out the top 10 was Ford Motor Company, who in the first half of 2013, generated more cash flow than it did for the entire previous year (gross cash for Q2 was listed at $23.7 billion). At the hand of CEO Alan Mulally, Ford’s Focus was the best-selling nameplate in the world and the F-Series has remained America’s best-selling pickup for 36 years in a row. The company also reported that it commands about 16% of the United States electric vehicle market, having sold more than 46,000 electrified vehicles this year. Plans for the future include increased pushing for of the Lincoln brand and entering the Chinese market, the largest car market in the world.