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2. Intel
Industry rank: 1

It was a tough year for Intel: Demand for its chips plummeted as PC sales in suffered in 2009.

But the massive chipmaker, which controls 80% of the world's PC microprocessor market, kept innovating. It just launched the first-ever 32-nanometer chip, a smaller, faster, more powerful chip expected to become the industry standard. It was developed as part of Intel's "tick tock" strategy -- a goal to introduce new cutting edge products every 12 months.


Last updated March 04 2010: 7:58 AM ET
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