Novellus: Thriving With A Little Help From Its Friends

Standing at his office wall, sketching a design for a new machine, 62-year-old Robert F. Graham looks more like a professor than the scourge of his Silicon Valley colleagues. Then the chairman of Novellus Systems Inc. launches a diatribe on his pet peeve: fellow manufacturers of chipmaking equipment who whine about federal tax policies and unfair Japanese competition. The real problem, Graham asserts, is that "the conventional way of doing business in this industry stinks."

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