Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, March 25, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, March 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) Top ten emerging mobile markets ranked Developing countries now account for more than half of mobile subscriber growth worldwide, with the top 10 adding around 285 million new subscribers in 2006 alone. The world's top 10 mobile growth markets are all countries considered to be "emerging" in Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa, and Latin America.
2) NXP makes a net loss, outlook weak, says firm NXP BV, the chip company created by the spinoff of Philips Semiconductors, achieved sales of 4.96 billion euro (about $6.58 million) in the year to Dec. 31, 2006, but a large loss in the fourth quarter produced a 611 million euro (about $810 million) net loss for the year. The Q4 loss appeared to be mainly due to the effect of purchase price accounting to the degree of a negative 790 million euro (about $1.0 billion) line item in the fourth quarter.
3) FCC says 'goodbye,' Europe says 'hello' to cell phones on planes While the Federal Communications Commission is moving to kill the idea of cell phone service on commercial aircraft in the United States, European regulatory agencies remain positive on in-flight mobile phone calling.
4) Wolfson missing from Apple TV, says tear-down analyst Mixed-signal and analog chip supplier Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland), frequently found as the provider of audio circuits for consumer electronics equipment, is not present in the recently launched Apple TV, according to a note from Didier Scemama, semiconductor analyst with ABN Amro Bank.
5) Infineon confirms Indian fab deal Infineon has agreed to provide recently-established Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. with several semiconductor manufacturing process technologies to help it begin production in India.