TTP Communications plc has its origins in TTP Group, which was started in 1988 by a group of engineers and scientists seeking to revitalise the market for contract engineering services by sharing responsibility between client and consultant. Five of these engineers formed the Computers and Communications (C&C) division of TTP Group, focusing its efforts on research and development and consultancy projects in the communications sector. Today, all five of these engineers play a leading role in the business and four are executive directors of TTP Communications plc.
In 1990, the C&C division began work on GSM wireless communications terminal core technology under a co-development contract with British Aerospace. By 1993 it had secured a co-development contract for GSM chipset designs and software with one of its current partners, Analog Devices Inc. (ADI).
By 1995 it had secured a further co-development contract for radio chipsets with another of its current partners, the semiconductor manufacturer Hitachi, now known as Renesas. By 1996, a complete mobile telephone handset using TTPCom's chipset designs and software had received Full Type Approval (FTA). As further products began to emerge from the C&C division, its focus began to shift away from contract engineering and consultancy.
On 11 March 1998, TTP Group established TTPCom as a wholly owned subsidiary and, shortly afterwards transferred to it the relevant part of the TTP Group business for which the C&C division had been responsible. From then on, the business used the brand name TTPCom. This move reflected a policy by TTP Group to allow individual business groups to emerge as separate commercial entities to stimulate and facilitate growth.
On 13 October 2000 TTP Communications plc was listed on the London Stock Exchange under Information Technology Hardware. The TTP Communications symbol is TTC.