Company name: TransChip
Where it's based: N/A
When it was founded: 1999
What year it was a Fierce 15: 2004
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Why it was a Fierce 15: TransChip was selected because its innovative imaging chip allowed device makers to design camera phones that take and send higher-quality pictures. The company's chip technology combined a CMOS imager with JPEG file compression and allowed device makers to design better camera phones that used less power. Click here for more.

What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: In October 2007, Samsung bought Transchip for an undisclosed amount and turned it into a research and development center. The company said it bought the firm to enhance its competitiveness in CMOS image sensors.