Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 23, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 28. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) AMD spin-off foundry sees no long-term downturn On Wednesday executives at AMD's manufacturing arm in Dresden, which is heading for a spin-off to form a foundry services provider, told EE Times that they regard the current downturn as an anti-cyclical investment opportunity.
2) HTC doubles forecast for Android phone shipments On Tuesday we reported that Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC had almost doubled its forecast for shipments of the first commercial device to be based on the Android operating system. HTC said it expects to have shipped 1 million units of the G1, available on T-Mobile networks in the U.S. and Europe, by the end of the year,
3) Former head of TI wireless chip unit joins French startup Gilles Delfassy, ex-senior vice president and head of Texas Instruments' wireless terminals unit, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of Open-Plug, a French startup that creates and commercializes an open application development environment for mobile phones.
4) Solar panel sales to contract in 2009, says forecaster On Wednesday we reported the opinion off market research group The Information Network that the economic crisis would impact solar panel sales, starting with weakened average selling prices and order delays or cancellations.
5) NXP draws down $400 million from credit facility Semiconductor company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) said Tuesday that it is drawing down $400 million under a revolving credit facility to make sure it can get hold of the money in these uncertain times.