Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Aug. 23, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Aug. 28. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) Engineer seeks $60 million bonus from Atmel On Tuesday Dr. Andreas Paul Schueppen, a former employee of Atmel Germany GmbH, was preparing for his first day in court in a case filed against his former employer in which he is claiming he is owed 42 million euro (about $60 million) as an "inventor's bonus."
2) Interview with Professor Gerhard Fettweis of Dresden Silicon Saxony is not only due to the presence of large chip concerns such as GlobalFoundries and Infineon. One of the masterminds behind a number of startups in the region is Gerhard Fettweis, professor at Dresden Technical University.
3) U.S. EE unemployment doubles The IEEE announced that EE unemployment in the US doubled in just one quarter, hitting 8.6 percent in Q2. That means around 15,000 EEs were let go between April and June.
4) GlobalFoundries: We are building on Dresden Jim Doran, senior vice president, general manager of GlobalFoundries Dresden, writes about his company's "grand plan" to build on what it has inherited in Germany and create a second site in New York state.
5) TSMC splits 28-nm high-k metal gate process into two versions Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has announced it will add a low-power version to its 28-nm high-K metal gate (HKMG) process technology with first production, so called risk production, coming in the third quarter of 2010.