Hewlett Packard's claims that Autonomy inflated its value before a takeover were flatly rejected by the former management of the UK software company.
But What is battery life and what prompted HP to pay $ 12 billion (£ 8 billion) for the company last year?
Despite a sponsorship deal with Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur and formerly part of the FTSE 100 index of the largest listed companies in the UK, the company rarely made headlines .
Autonomy was founded in 1996, when it emerged from the Cambridge Neurodynamics software research group.
It develops software capable of extracting useful information from "unstructured " sources such as phone calls, emails or videos.
This means that its software can do things.things such as suggesting answers to a call center operator or monitoring TV channels for words or topics.
One of the strengths of his business is that in most areas in which it operates, it has no competitors.
It was listed on the US Nasdaq stock exchange in May 2000 at the height of the tech boom and was listed in London six months later .
The company suffered when the tech bubble burst, ditching the FTSE 100 and due to issue a profit warning in 2001.
But unlike most tech companies that were which entered the market during the boom, autonomy was in fact profitable.
It grew rapidly, mainly there through acquisitions, and opened joint headquarters in Cambridge and San Francisco, as well as other offices around the world, to serve its 65,000 corporate clients.
These include somefrom the world's largest companies, such as BMW, Lloyds, Nestle, Philips and Shell, as well as US government departments and the UK Parliament.
'Investor questions '
However, he has at times been unpopular with city analysts.
When he warned in October 2010 that there had been unexpected volatility in the buying behavior of his customers and lowered his forecast for the entire year, analysts have crammed in to criticize the company, with one of its former managers claiming his management setup was more suited to a startup than a global player. major.
image caption Autonomy sponsors Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
Shares fell, despite rumors according to which an offer could be imminent.
But while some in the city didn 't like the way it was run, the company wasIt wasn't often cited as a prime example of how academic research could be turned into a profitable business.
The company was started by Mike Lynch, a Cambridge University Researcher who specialized in pattern recognition and had developed a license plate reading system for Essex police before founding Autonomy.
Mr. Lynch left the company in May 2012. Reports suggest he was close to Leo Apotheker, the former HP boss who negotiated the Autonomy deal.
After Autonomy missed its targets for the second quarter of the year, Mr. Lynch was replaced at the top by Bill Veghte, HP's chief strategy officer.
HP said it was soon after that that a senior member of Autonomy's management raised concerns about the accounting issues.
Mr. Lynch is a non-executive director of Hfrance.fr.