It's entirely apt that the 2016 Britain's Most Admired Company award is won by a business that was created in the year of BMAC's birth - 1990. ARM (Advanced RISC Machines Ltd as it was then) came into existence 26 years ago as a tripartite venture between Acorn, Apple and VLSI. Its headquarters were a converted 18th-century barn in Swaffham Bulbeck, a village eight miles from the centre of Cambridge and success was not immediate. One of its early designs was the microchip used in Apple's first handheld device the Newton - a resounding flop.
Undeterred and under the leadership of first Robin Saxby and then Warren East - now CEO of Rolls-Royce - the company grew steadily through the 90s and noughties. Its very particular expertise - the design of high-performance, low-power consumption microprocessors - was perfect for the age of battery-powered mobile technology, and helped it become the leading member of the Silicon Fen cluster.
It listed on the London Stock Exchange and Nasdaq in 1998. Eighty-six billion chips later things are going swimmingly as devices with ARM designs at their heart are touched daily by 80% of the global population.
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