The technology of Quantum Research Group can be found in many modern homes across Europe and Asia. Established in 1998 by husband and wife Hal and Kathleen Philipp, Quantum designs and sells touch-sensor chips. Originally the Southampton company focused on kitchen appliances, but now it supplies chips for products such as Philips PC monitors and LG televisions. The latest development is new touch-screen technology for Whirlpool microwave ovens. Sales have increased 68% a year from £1.4m in 2003 to £4m in 2005.
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