By Mark LaPedus
So far this year, the biggest story in the fab tool industry is fairly obvious—Applied Materials recently signed a definitive agreement to acquire rival Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) for about $9.3 billion. The blockbuster announcement will likely be the top story of 2013.
Of course, the integration of Applied and TEL will be a challenge. In any case, the Applied-TEL deal is i... » read more