TR50: The 50 Most Innovative Companies (1-5)

We will posting Technology Review’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2011 in increments of five as not to overwhelm you.   Innovation is the place to be, in our book.

1)  Alcatel-Lucent
Why:
Has created a cellular network that can cope with our growing appetite for mobile data.
Key innovation:
Its LightRadio architecture uses many small, efficient, and easily upgraded base stations in place of the larger, less efficient cell towers of today.

2)  Alta Devices
Why:
Its high-efficiency gallium arsenide–based solar cells provide a way to lower the cost of solar power.
Key innovation:
Can economically produce robust cells that use only small amounts of the expensive semiconductor.

3)  Apple
Why: 
The Siri virtual assistant built into the iPhone 4S demonstrates a new kind of conversational voice-operated interface.
Key innovation:
 Software that can interpret ambiguous sentences allows Siri to understand even casual commands.

4)  Applied Materials
Why:
 A key supplier of equipment for making solar cells, it is helping to lower the cost of solar power.
Key innovation: 
A new manufacturing system allows solar producers to increase the output and efficiency of their cells.

5)  ARM Holdings
Why:
By reducing the electricity demands of data centers, ARM is making cloud computing cheaper.
Key innovation:
Its powerful server processors use an architecture originally developed for energy­-conscious mobile devices.

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3 Responses to TR50: The 50 Most Innovative Companies (1-5)

  1. What are the parameters for ‘innovation’ used in creating this list? Hopefully that will be including in one of these next increments.

  2. Ganesh Srinivasan Consulting says:

    Reblogged this on We Showcase Your Story.

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