Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 14, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 19. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) Six things that surprised us about ISSCC The pervasive focus on power management, the lack of papers on nanotechnology and software and the slow recovery of attendance were among the surprises for EE Times editors at the 2010 International Solid State Circuits Conference.
2) Low-cost, more efficient solar cells mostly plastic By growing arrays of silicon wires in a polymer substrate, researchers from California Institute of Technology have demonstrated what they say are flexible solar cells that absorb up to 96 percent of incident light.
3) Nvidia blames sales shortfall on TSMC Nvidia Corp. posted strong results for the quarter, but the graphics chip maker said that it is still suffering from capacity constraints from its foundry supplier.
4) An interview with Grace's CEO, Ulrich Schumacher Ulrich Schumacher, CEO of Chinese foundry Grace Semiconductor, explained how he plans to achieve growth in a consolidating market.
5) Fake parts threaten electronic market The counterfeiting of electronic components continues to rise despite increased efforts at corporate and governmental levels to fight the crime and is threatening the health of the industry supply chain, according to the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security.