Computer connectivity innovator Adder Technology continues legacy



Adder Technology, a pioneer in computer switching and extension technology and one of the companies that helped Cambridge earn its reputation as a high-tech centre of excellence, is celebrating 25 years of business success.

Adder manufactures KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switches, extenders and remote management solutions that are available in 60 countries through a network of distributors, resellers and OEMs. Over the past quarter century, Adder has experienced continued growth, featuring for many consecutive years in the Deloitte & Touche Fast 50.

Adder is proud to design and manufacture all of its products in Cambridge, although it now boasts additional offices in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and Singapore, with a new office just opening in China. The past month has also seen the company’s highest revenue month ever, despite adverse economic conditions. 

Adder's latest technology, the AdderLink Infinity, is testament to the company's love of innovation and technical prowess, delivering distributed computing across a network with perfect DVI video, USB and audio together with an almost limitless connectivity matrix.

Adder is well known for the development of adaptive compression in KVM and extension solutions, which has brought video and audio clarity to unprecedented levels. This ensures the best possible performance over any given network connection, which is especially critical for video applications and KVM-over-IP, where excessive bandwidth utilization can easily cause video performance to deteriorate under shifting network conditions.

 “The KVM industry has seen many great advances in technology over the last 25 years and Adder has been at the forefront of developing new cutting edge technology and ideas in this field,” said Adrian Dickens, Adder’s founding director. “This milestone would not have been possible without the dedication of our employees and valued business partners.”

Adrian founded Adder Publishing Limited in 1984 after he graduated with an Electrical Sciences degree from Churchill College, University of Cambridge. The company was rebranded Adder Technology Limited in 1986, at which point its focus changed to providing solutions for clients wishing to connect different elements of their computer operations, known in the IT industry as "computer connectivity".

Originally the company started with boxes for sharing printers between several computers, which came before the mass deployment of networks. It then moved on to producing various networking products.

Adder Technology was one of the seed companies that sprang up in Cambridge to perpetuate the Cambridge Phenomenon and the technology focused Silicon Fen. For many years, Adder Technology was based in the Cambridge Innovation Centre on the Cambridge Science Park before moving to much larger office and manufacturing facilities in Bar Hill to cope with the business’s rapid expansion.

Adrian Dickens, Adder’s founding director, still runs the company today alongside his brother Nigel Dickens, technical director.


Image: The Adder team with Partners and local suppliers at the Ball which was held at King's College to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary


About Adder
Adder is a leading developer of KVM technology and extenders. Adder’s advanced range of KVM switches, extenders and IP solutions enable the control of local, remote and global IT systems. The company distributes its products in more than 60 countries through a network of distributors, resellers and OEMs. Adder has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore and China. Visit

Adder Technology Limited

Adder Technology is the leading European developer of KVM switching and extender technology. The company's products reduce the complexity, vulnerability and cost of IT environments by providing robust remote access to and direct control of local computing systems.

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