Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 25, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) ST to cut 4,500 jobs amid weak results Amid a loss in Q4 2008 and a poor outlook, with no formal guidance for Q1 2009, Europe's leading semiconductor company STMicroelectronics NV outlined a major cost-cutting effort in 2009, including a plan to shed 4,500 jobs.
2) Qimonda continues production amidst finger-pointing On Monday, as the insolvency manager began sifting through Qimonda's books, the DRAM manufacturer was attempting to continue production. Meanwhile, the reasons for Qimonda's bankruptcy were being considered and the search for culprits had begun.
3) For Qimonda: there's no business in DRAM business When the news of the Qimonda insolvency protection application was put to Andrew Norwood, a European research vice president at analyst company Gartner, he said: "This is very good news for the DRAM industry," while acknowledging it was probably bad news for Qimonda workers and for DRAM buyers, who may see DRAM prices move up in response to the news.
4) Analysis: Intel could kill two European birds with one (low-cost) R&D stone If you look at the selection of Intel- and Europe-oriented headlines posted to www.eetimes.eu over the last few days it becomes clear how Intel could be well-served by the formation of Intel Labs Europe.
5) Cambridge University creates low-cost production method for GaN LEDs A story from one of sister sites broke into the top ranked stories this week. Paul Buckley, editor of www.powermanagement-europe.com, picked up on this story which has implications for the power consumption of LEDs in lights destined to replace incandescent filament light bulbs.