The Week In Review: Sept. 27

Applied Materials buys TEL; Mentor rolls out new version of CFD tool; Synopsys digs further into TSMC’s 16nm flow; eSilicon promising something new; China smartphone sales booming.

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By Ed Sperling
Applied Materials shook up the equipment market, announcing a deal to buy Tokyo Electron for about $9.3 billion in stock. The combination of No. 2 Applied and No. 3 TEL in that market equals a new No. 1, surpassing Dutch giant ASML in terms of revenue.

Mentor Graphics rolled out a new versiion of its computational fluid dynamics product, adding Monte Carlo radiation modeling and faster simulation using multicore meshes.

Synopsys’ design implementation solution was included in TSMC’s 16nm finFET reference flow. The two companies are collaborating on modeling, parasitic extraction, place and route, custom design, static timing analysis and verification.

eSilicon will unveil a new service offering at TSMC’s Open Innovation Platform event next week, but so far the company isn’t saying more than that.

In case you wondered about the health of the smartphone market, China’s portion of that will top 450 million units by next year, according to IDC. The analyst firm says the numbers are being driven by strong demand by consumers to upgrade coupled with operator subsides.