Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 17, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 22. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) AMD jumps into fabless chip company ranking On Tuesday (Jan. 19) Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) jumped into IC Insights' 2009 ranking of fabless chip companies at number two position, courtesy of its divestment of its manufacturing to GlobalFoundries.
2) What's inside Apple's iPad On Wednesday (Jan. 20) we reported the comments of Ashok Kumar, a research analysts at Northeast Securities Inc. who gave a breakdown of what design wins are inside the Apple tablet computer due to launch on Jan. 27.
3) Point/Counterpoint: Intel beyond the PC Four analysts for the price of...well it is free. Dylan McGrath, Bolaji Ojo, Paul McWilliams and Sramana Mitra consider Intel's prospect in markets beyond its "home turf."
4) Samsung to pay $900 million in Rambus license deal On Tuesday (Jan. 19) Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced it will pay about $900 million over five years to license technology from Rambus Inc. in a deal that settles all litigation between the two companies and gives Samsung a stake in the memory IP licensor.
5) Comment: Coca Cola battery stirs up froth Daizi Zheng, a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, developed a phone for Nokia that runs on Coca Cola presumably sugared water would do just as well as the branded fizzy drink. Apparently the battery creates electricity by using enzymes to catalyze the sugar in the drink. In addition the claim is that the biodegradable battery lasts four times longer than the current lithium ion batteries used in most phones and yet Nokia is not going to be making use of the development!