Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 8, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 13. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) Executive pay: 10 notable chip company CEOs Herewith is an analysis of the compensation packages of 10 notable semiconductor company CEOs, based on public documents from the most recent years available.
2) Commentary: What's next for troubled SMIC? On Tuesday (Nov. 10), Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. lost a big patent suit, its chief executive, and, in some respects, its independence. What's next? Clearly, change is in the wind at silicon foundry vendor SMIC (Shanghai). Going forward, SMIC's newly-hired CEO must take swift action and restore customer confidence, bolster its bottom line and possibility change its overall strategy, according to analysts.
3) How I survived a Zune HD, and even came to like it An unofficial review of Microsoft's high-end iPod killer.
4) Comment: Is Abu Dhabi targeting Intel rather than TSMC? While Globalfoundries clearly aspires to compete with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., an executive seems to be indicating that state-controlled investment operations Mubadala and ATIC are working in a co-ordinated way with a higher objective in mind.
5) Analysts: TSMC still faces 40-nm problems Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is still having yield issues with its 40-nm process, according to analysts.