Where it's based: Irvine, Calif.
When it was founded: 1999
Why it's Fierce: AnyData has positioned itself well to take advantage of a growing new area of wireless--embedded devices. The company started making CDMA modules in 1999 primarily for telemetry applications but soon expanded into other areas, including wireless modems, tracking devices and smartphones.
Unlike other OEMs, however, AnyData focuses on small volumes of devices and differentiates itself by producing quality products with a quick turnaround. Two of AnyData's devices caught the eye of judges of the 2007 CTIA eTech awards: the AGT-100 tracking device, which uses CDMA gpsOne technology, and the ADU-510 EVDO Rev. A modem. Both devices won prizes for most innovative products in the eTech awards.
General Manager Chuck Napier says the company has devices certified with 50 carriers worldwide. Although the company currently has a big presence in Eastern Europe with CDMA devices in the 450 MHz band, AnyData is making headway in the U.S. Its CDMA module is being used in a popular e-reader device (read: Amazon Kindle) and also in a tracking device certified by Sprint Nextel.
The move to embedded wireless is certainly paying off for AnyData. The company has experienced tremendous growth; in the past three years its revenue has increased 75 percent annually. The privately held company had more than $170 million in revenues in 2008 and is cash flow positive.
What's next: AnyData is working on a personal safety device that it will manufacture for AAA and offer to that association's 56 million customers.