Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 11, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Oct. 16. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) ARM success could trigger takeover bid, says analyst Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) is set to outperform Intel in the netbook and smartbook markets over the next few years, but the prospect of that success could trigger a takeover bid for the company, according to Didier Scemama, semiconductor analyst with ABN AMRO Bank NV.
2) 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.
3) Happy days are here again for Intel One year after a global financial crisis created a major semiconductor downturn, the world's No. 1 chip maker is once again sitting pretty.
4) NAND flash competition fueled by advanced lithography technology NAND flash memory is the most competitive market in the semiconductor industry. Manufacturers are forced to make the trade-off between maximizing die per wafer and minimizing process/material complexity for manufacturing.
5) The awful cost of a departing CEO's silence It's hard to see how anyone could describe Mike Zafirovski's tenure at Nortel Networks Corp. as a success.