Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Dec. 13, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Dec. 18. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) How much of a lead does Intel have at 32-nm? Semiconductor Insights has obtained the desktop version of the Westmere processor and performed an analysis of the 32-bit manufacturing process being introduced with the processor.
2) Chinese processor drives $99 netbook, say reports Recently formed Cherrypal (Palo Alto, Calif. and Hong Kong, China) has launched a netbook computer priced at $99 that, according to reports, is powered by a processor from Ingenic Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Beijing, China).
3) Freescale charts a debt-free future A debt-free Freescale Semiconductor Inc. would be a formidable competitor in the automotive, consumer electronics and networking IC markets. Hence, behind-the-scenes efforts by senior executives and board members are designed to help the company pay off or sharply reduce its $7.9 billion in long-term debt.
4) Teardown finds Sony closer to breakeven on PS3 The latest incarnation of Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 reduces hardware and manufacturing costs to near the breakeven point on the video game console, according to a teardown analysis performed by market research firm iSuppli Corp.
5) ARM wants every MIPS socket As recently as five years ago, ARM's competitors included a host of IP processor companies such as MIPS, ARC and Tensilica. Now, like it or not, the field of serious processor competition has dramatically narrowed to, well, ARM versus Intel Corp.