Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 7, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 12. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) ISSCC: Intel has edge over AMD, for now On Monday it became clear that Intel Corp. has a significant, if temporary, edge over archrival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. based on news and papers that emerged at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.
2) Comment: Inside Apple's A4 processor On Tuesday Peter Clarke considered what might be inside the A4 processor from Apple and finds a battleground between the Mali and PowerVR graphics cores.
3) Micron to acquire Numonyx for $1.27 billion Late on Tuesday it was revealed that Micron Technology Inc. has agreed to acquire Numonyx Holdings B.V. in a stock transaction valued at $1.27 billion. There have been rumors circulating about this deal since late last year. The deal now propels Micron (Boise, Ida.) into the NOR and phase-change memory (PCM) sectors.
4) ISSCC: Expert picks graphene for the post-CMOS era The winner in the post-CMOS era has not been declared yet, but graphene holds great promise, said James Meindl, director of the Joseph M. Pettit Microelectronics Research Center and Pettit Chair Professor of Microelectronics at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.
5) CEO Sandeep Vij forms 'Team MIPS' Signing Sandeep Vij as its new CEO may turn out to be just what MIPS Technologies needed, as the world's number two processor IP company struggles to steal the spotlight back from ARM both in media attention and the industry's mindshare.