Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, May 31 , as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, June 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) CEO Interview: Cadence's Tan plans to build on analog strength
Christoph Hammerschmidt caught up with Lip-Bu Tan (right), CEO of EDA company, Cadence Design Systems Inc., at the recent CDN Live company event held in Munich, Germany.
2) NXP's phase-change memory looks promising, says CTO NXP BV, the chip company spun off from Philips, is making research progress on a proprietary form of phase-change memory (PCM), which chief technology officer Rene Penning de Vries, described as "promising".
3) Analog expertise dwindling in Europe, panel says Analog chip design and manufacturing expertise is critical for the European semiconductor industry — but there are fewerand fewer designers to maintain this know how. Panelists at the GSA & IET Semiconductor forum called for action.
4) TSMC to base expanded European R&D effort at IMEC IMEC, Europe's leading nanoelectronics research center, has expanded its research agreement with foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC). TSMC will base its extended European research efforts at the IMEC premises.
5) TSMC sees the need to share R&D, pledges to invest The world's largest chip foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has said it plans to invest its way out of the current global economic crisis, but it is also appealing to other integrated device makers and other stakeholders to share in R&D costs to help raise profit margins across the semiconductor industry.