Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 29, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Saturday, Dec. 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) 2009 Salary Survey: Engineers take a bad year in their stride In the wake of the worst economic downturn since the Depression, it wouldn't be surprising to find that engineers have adopted a negative outlook. Yet the average engineer, whether in Asia, Europe or North America, is a fairly contented individual, both personally and professionally, according to the findings of the 2009 EE Times Global Salary & Opinion Survey.
2) Analog Devices' CEO: 'Our enemy is us' Immediately after posting strong Q4 earnings results, Jerry Fishman, Analog Devices' CEO, gave a rare interview to EE Times. He discussed the market, the company's recent reorganization and the promotions of senior executives.
3) Salary Survey: 'Hot' technologiess leave Chinese EEs cold Compared with their peers in other regions, engineers from China appear to be less enthusiastic about newer technologies, including nanotechnology, system-in-package and embedded memories. Chinese respondents gave particularly low marks, comparatively, to photovoltaic, solar and other alternative energy technologies.
4) Analysis: Sleeping giant Applied awakes The competition should begin to take notice and get nervous. Seeking to regain momentum in the fab equipment market, Applied Materials Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has thrown down the gauntlet in the arena. Following a major acquisition, the company has now rolled out separate tools in two critical areas: chemical mechanical polishing and rapid thermal processing.
5) Dubai no threat to AMD, Globalfoundries, says analyst Neither Advanced Technology Investment Co. LLC (ATIC), the majority shareholder in foundry chip maker Globalfoundries Inc., nor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. are likely to be affected by the Dubai debt crisis, according to a note from financial analysts FTN Equity Capital Markets Corp.