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100 Fastest-Growing Tech Companies 

Our rankings show another banner year for the leaders of the tech revival.

Applied Materials
Rank: 64 (Previous rank: 78)
Get quote: AMAT
Employees: 14,072
Headquarters: Santa Clara, CA
Sector(s): Electronics
Why it's hot:
Demand for digital cameras and cell phones spurred orders for its chipmaking equipment. Applied also moved into the $1 billion solar-cell market.
Revenue 9,856.7 19.5 69
Earnings 1,777.4 1,447.7 1
Operating cash flow 1,897.8 30.1 84
Stock return (2006) 4
Headcount change (2006) 11.9
From the June 2007 issue
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To find the B2 100, we screened more than 2,000 tech companies that have been publicly traded on a U.S. stock exchange for at least three years, have a market capitalization of at least $50 million, and have had positive operating cash flow over the past 12 months. Zacks Investment Research of Chicago ranked the resulting list using four financial criteria: growth in revenue, profit, and operating cash flow during the past three years, and the 12-month stock return as of Dec. 31, 2006. Cash flow growth counts for 40 percent of a company's ranking. Each of the other criteria counts for 20 percent. Additional research was provided by Factset. If you have further questions about Business 2.0's 100 Fastest growing technology companies, please e-mail talkback@business2.com.