Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 4, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Oct. 9. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) Lonely at the top: 10 CEOs who left post in 2009 It's been a tough year for the global electronics industry, and chief executive officers are among those who have felt the pain. Some failed to adapt, others were swamped by red ink. A few ended their tenures on a high note.
2) 17 startup join the Silicon 60 Seventeen companies have been added to the list, replacing 17 companies that either fell by the wayside or matured gracefully to bigger and better things. Forty-three companies survived as emerging companies that are still very much worth watching.
3) Analysis: NXP changes yet questions mount about future In his first year CEO Rick Clemmer has changed the face of NXP. He has sold business units, paid down debts through some ingenious financing moves, made a few strategic acquisitions, and in the latest deal announced Monday (Oct. 5), created a joint venture that could offer the company a hefty payoff only a few years from now. What NXP will look like once Clemmer completes the reorganization of the company remains unclear. Is Clemmer an asset mover or an asset stripper?
4) Follow the money: Top 10 IC vendors with cash The world's biggest semiconductor companies by revenue rank not only among the best in their respective industry segments but are also more likely to have huge piles of cash that can be used to fund acquisitions, R&D and product development, according to a review of financial filings by EE Times.
5) MIPS to go after the cellphone market Art Swift, vice president of marketing at MIPS Technologies Inc., told EE Times that MIPS-based handsets will be shipped over the next several years. MIPS' strategy of riding the Android wave is helping its licensees make progress, MIPS asserted.