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Nov 17, 2014

Implement Real Net Neutrality: Leave the Internet Alone

I promised myself earlier in the year that I would not write about the net neutrality issue again. Now that topic has again appeared front and....More
Nov 03, 2014

5 Things the FCC Won’t Tell You

I have created a modified version here about the Federal Communications Commission with thanks to the WSJ for the idea....More
Oct 27, 2014

Will Apple Boost NFC?

Apple Pay, the new retail payment option, will ensure even more NFC to come....More
Oct 20, 2014

Say Good Bye to the Last Vacuum Tube Product

Vacuum tubes disappeared from electronic products years ago. Yet there have been some lingering vacuum tube-based products in production....More
Oct 06, 2014

Naked Without Your Wearables

Wearables is one of the most controversial new consumer electronic product categories to emerge in a long time. Yet, the idea of packaging....More
Sep 22, 2014

UWB: Still a Viable Wireless Option

I only mentioned the WiMedia Alliance’s multi-band (MB)-OFDM form of UWB and its continued usefulness. However, two other companies reminded me that....More
Sep 11, 2014

6 Things You Need to Know about Apple’s New iPhone 6 and Watch

In case you missed Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, here are the top 6 things you need to know....More
Sep 08, 2014

Electric Cars Revisited

My view is that electric vehicles (EV) are not appropriate for most of us. However, more progress has been made than I thought....More
Sep 02, 2014

What Ever Happened to Ultrawideband Wireless?

UWB is a curious wireless technology in that it uses a huge swath of spectrum to transmit digital data....More
Aug 26, 2014

Electronic Music Hell

It is a major process to pack, unpack, set up and tear down each time you perform but you can’t not do it. The electronics has become the backbone....More
Aug 18, 2014

Will Electric Cars Ever Be Practical?

They are relatively simple, silent and clean. But they are still fraught with a batch of problems that keep them from going main stream....More
Aug 11, 2014

One of My Favorite Conferences

Last week (August 4-8) National Instruments held their annual NIWeek conference in Austin, TX. This was the 20th NIWeek and it proved to be another....More
Aug 04, 2014

Have You Bought a Tablet Yet?

Virtually all of my colleagues, family and friends already have tablets. Many have had them since Apple introduced the iPad in 2010....More
Jul 28, 2014

Is the End Near for CDs, DVDs and MP3 Files?

Most market sources say that digital music from CDs, DVDs, and MP3 downloads are in decline. That does not mean less interest in music....More
Jul 21, 2014

Getting Rid of Cable: Good Luck With That

Just recently I decided to get rid of one of the cable boxes in our guest bedroom that was never used. With the cable bill that includes a VoIP....More
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Lou Frenzel is the Communications Technology Editor for Electronic Design Magazine where he writes articles, columns, blogs, technology reports, and online material on the wireless, communications...
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Nov 11, 2014
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How to Outsource Your Project to Failure 4

This article will address failure to carefully vet a potential manufacturing or “turnkey” partner and/or failure to transfer sufficient information and requirements to such a partner, a very common problem I have seen again and again with my clients over the years, and have been the shoulder cried upon by several relatives and clients in the past....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Transition from the Academe to the Industry Unraveled 1

There have been many arguments here and there about how short-comings of universities and colleges yield engineers with skill sets that do not cater to the demands of the industry. There have been many arguments here and there about an imminent shortage of engineers lacking knowledge in the sciences. There have been many arguments here and there about how the experience and know-how of engineers in the industry may vanish due to the fact that they can’t be passed on because the academic curriculum deviates from it....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Small Beginnings 5

About 10 years ago I received a phone call from an acquaintance. He had found a new opportunity selling some sort of investments and he wanted to share it with me in case I was interested. Ken had done fairly well for many years as a contract software developer primarily in the financial services sector. His specialty was writing RPG code. (RPG is often referred to as a write only language.) But he was seeing the handwriting on the wall as the industry moved on to other methods, and saw himself becoming a fossil....More

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