Here are the top six online stories for the week beginning Sunday, May 25, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, May 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) Rumors fly that Infineon could sell stake amid merger On Monday the rumors flew up at Infineon Technologies AG. Amid the departure of its top executive, Germany's Infineon is looking to sell a 40-to-50 percent stake in the company to private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co. (KKR), according to reports.
2) Infineon CEO Ziebart resigns That was after Infineon announced on the same day – a public holiday in Germany and U.K. - that Wolfgang Ziebart had resigned as CEO and president of Infineon Technologies AG, with effect from June 1. Peter Bauer was announced as "spokesman of the management board."
3) Infineon merger speculation flares up Readers went back to the previous week's stories about merger speculation
4) Infineon plans future without CEO On Tuesday they had it confirmed that Infineon has no plans to hire or promote a successor to outgoing CEO Wolfgang Ziebart. Instead, the company would be lead jointly by the four-person management board and spokesman Peter Bauer would act as "primus inter pares," the company said.
5) Ziebart preparing to jump? Of course back in the previous week it had been predicted that Ziebart could leave as soon as the end of May.
6) ST's Crolles2 fab to get $500 million for volume ramp On Wednesday STMicroelectronics broke into the echelons of the most popular news as we reported that $500 million was earmarked for capital expenditure to take its Crolles2 wafer fab manufacturing capacity up to between 4,500 and 5,000 wafers per week. "We want to fulfill the capacity of the building," Carlo Bozotti, president and CEO of ST, said to EE Times.