Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 31, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) Intel, Micron take NAND lead, roll 25-nm chip Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. regained the process technology lead in NAND flash, by rolling out a 25-nm 64-Gbit device.
2) Design team execs left Apple to form startup Amid the excitement over the A4 microprocessor designed in-house at Apple Inc. and used to power the iPad, it has emerged that a number of the internal design team have already left to form a startup called Agnilux.
3) ARM lays out roadmap with three more cores ARM plans to launch three additions to its Cortex family of processor cores during 2010. The cores, codenamed Eagle, Heron and Merlin, all have lead licensing customers and deliveries of intellectual property will start either in 2010 or early in 2011.
4) Panel: Outsourcing is 'cruel' but necessary During a panel discussion at the DesignCon 2010 conference it was concluded that IC outsourcing enables companies to cut costs and focus on what they do best. But it also means that jobs move offshore. Life is cruel, and businesses and individuals must adapt one panelist said.
5) Analyst rails against the fab-lite The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons. Some companies could perform below par; others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them all because they have lost control of manufacturing.