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World's top 14 technology companies

Last updated on: May 2, 2012 14:38 IST

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Technology has changed the way we work and live. Take a look at the world's top 14 technology companies according to the latest Forbes 2000 list.

Apple Inc

Founded in 1976, Apple Inc is an American multinational corporation that designs and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers.

The company's best-known hardware products are the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, iPhone and the iPad.

Apple is the largest publicly traded company in the world by market capitalisation and the largest technology company in the world by revenue and profit.

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Image: Customers enter the Apple flagship retail store to purchase the new iPad in San Francisco, California.
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Samsung

Samsung is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Seoul. The largest South Korean chaebol has many subsidiaries and affiliated businesses.

Samsung produces around a fifth of South Korea's total exports and its revenues are larger than many countries' GDP.

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IBM

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York.

IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and it offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

IBM is one of the largest publicly traded technology companies in the world by market capitalisation.

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Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, United States that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions.

Established on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800, Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems.

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Image: Paul Allen (left) and Bill Gates (respectively) on October 19, 1981.
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Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) is an American multinational information technology corporation headquartered in Palo Alto, California that provides products, technologies, software, solutions and services to consumers.

The world's leading PC manufacturer was founded in a garage in Palo Alto by William (Bill) Redington Hewlett and Dave Packard.

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Intel Corporation

Intel is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California. It is the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip maker, based on revenue.

It is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers.

Intel Corporation, founded on July 18, 1968 makes motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated circuits, flash memory, graphic chips, embedded processors and other devices related to communications and computing.
The company was founded by semiconductor pioneers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore

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Cisco

Cisco Systems, Inc is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Jose, California that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment.

Cisco has more than 60,000 employees and annual revenue of $ 11.5 billion as of 2012.

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Google

Google Inc is an American multinational Internet and software corporation which specilises in Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies.

It hosts and develops a number of Internet-based services and products, and generates profit primarily from advertising through its AdWords program.

The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998.

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Oracle

Oracle Corporation is an American multinational computer technology corporation that specialises in developing and marketing computer hardware systems and enterprise software products.

The company also builds tools for database development and systems of middle-tier software, enterprise resource planning software (ERP), customer relationship management software (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) software.

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Hitachi

Hitachi is a Japanese multinational conglomerate headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Hitachi is a diversified company with 11 business segments.

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Dell

Dell, Inc is an American multinational computer technology corporation based in Texas, United States, that develops, sells and supports computers and related products and services.

Founded by Michael Dell, the company is one of the largest technological corporations in the world, employing more than 103,300 people worldwide.

It is the third largest PC maker in the world after HP and Lenovo.

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Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese multinational electronics, electrical equipment and information technology corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

It is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of electrical products, spanning information and communications equipment and systems, Internet-based solutions and services, electronic components and materials, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances.

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Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics corporation headquartered in Osaka, Japan.

Established in 1918, it has grown to become one of the largest Japanese electronics producers along with Sony, Toshiba and Canon.

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Hon Hai Precision (Taiwan)

Hon Hai Precision Industry (trading as Foxconn) is a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturing company headquartered in Tucheng, New Taipei, Taiwan.

It is the world's largest maker of electronic components and the largest exporter in Greater China.



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