This Edinburgh company uses silicon chips to add computing power to a variety of applications, such as satellite modems, financial modelling and DNA sequencing. The company claims its technology also forms the basis of Hydra, which it says is the only computer-chess champion to remain undefeated by unaided human players. The firm is headed by co-founder and chief executive Graham Smart and its clients include Deutsche Bank, IBM, the Home Office and Sony. Sales increased 64% a year from £2.8m in 2004 to £7.4m in 2006
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