The Week In Review: Sept. 30

Applied-TEL deal; solar record; Mentor’s new tool; graphics champ

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In a deal that could shake-up the fab tool landscape, Applied Materials has announced a definitive agreement to acquire rival Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) in a stock deal valued at around $9.3 billion.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin jointly announced having achieved a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells.

Mentor Graphics announced the latest release of its FloEFD concurrent computational fluid dynamics (CFD) product.

Bell Helicopter has reduced its electrical systems integration time using capital software from Mentor Graphics.

Jon Peddie Research has released a new market study on graphics processors in mobile devices. The study found that Qualcomm has over 32% of the total market for personal mobile devices.