Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 27, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Oct. 2. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) Ten companies in trouble, revisited Four months ago, EE Times published a story highlighting 10 companies that were, in our opinion, in trouble. While the situation facing these companies may not seem as dire as it did in May, the companies that appear on the list still have at least in the opinion of EE Times editors some serious challenges to face.
2) Analysis: TI fab ramp puts analog rivals on notice Texas Instruments has at last found a use for its 300-mm R-Fab in Richardson, Texas. It has decided to make it the first 300-mm wafer fab dedicated to analog products and that puts its analog rivals on notice that TI intends to extend its leadership position in analog share.
3) Following the money: Top 10 IC vendors with cash EE Times has ranked the top 10 chip vendors in terms of their cash resources.
4) Which chip vendors will rule in 2018 In 1978, Texas Instruments and Motorola were the top two chip companies, followed by NEC and Hitachi. In 1988, Japanese companies occupied the top three spots. Ten years later, Intel was number one, where it remains today. Who will lead in 2018?
5) Analysis: Behind the downfall of Silicon Image's CEO The resignation of Silicon Image CEO Steve Tirado may not have surprised those following the company's recent financial results. Nonetheless, questions remain about whether Silicon Image's business model which the company has always insisted is "unique" may have caused Triado's downfall.