Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 21, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 27. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) ARM preps tiny core for low-power microcontrollers With help from lead partner and licensee NXP, ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has designed a very low gate-count ARM processor core suitable for use in microcontrollers aimed at ultra-low power applications. Chips are expected to ship from licensees before the end of 2009.
2) NXP considering debts swap as credit rating falls NXP Semiconductor is reported to be considering swapping a portion of its $6 billion in high-yield bonds for new secured bonds as the IC manufacturer intensified efforts to emerge from a crippling recession and slow-growth in several of its market sectors.
3) Qimonda reports 'substantial' investor negotiations Insolvent memory chip manufacturer Qimonda sais Wednesday it is in "concrete negotiations with numerous international interested parties". The company is now hoping to receive financial concessions from the German and Portuguese governments.
4) IBM, AMD push 16-nm EUV effort despite tool delay Reporting from the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference , Mark LaPedus found out that ASML Holding NV has slightly delayed the delivery schedule for its ''pre-production'' extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography tool by a quarter or so. Despite this, ASML claims that it has processed 28-nm devices with its R&D EUV lithography tool. With that and future tools, AMD, IBM and others have launched a new effort in EUV.
5) Marvell rolls plan for 'plugtop PCs' Early in the week, Marvell Technology Group Ltd. announced a so-called Plug Computing initiative and a $99 developer's kit using its 1.2 GHz ARM-based processor to drive it. The company envisions a variety of "wall-warts" that build in its Sheeva CPU and act like embedded home computers.