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Feb 17, 2016

The Future of AM Radio39

Can you believe AM radio is still around? Seems so retro, but it is still useful. Nevertheless, AM radio has been in decline for years, with many AM....More
Jan 27, 2016

What You Need To Know about Standards

Standards. Sounds boooooring….. doesn’t it? It could be if standards were not so important....More
Jan 04, 2016

The Internet of Things: Hype, Hope, or Hit?11

Are you sick and tired of hearing about the Internet of Things (IoT) yet? Most of you have probably been inundated with articles, e-mails, and blogs....More
Dec 08, 2015

3 New Versions of Ethernet You Should Know About2

From its humble beginnings in 1973 as a 2.92 Mb/s coax bus to today’s 10 Gb/s twisted pair and 100 Gb/s fiber versions, Ethernet has more room to....More
Nov 12, 2015

Too Much Information? Here’s What to Do5

Is your brain about to explode from too much information input? Mine is. It is one of the hazards of living in today’s so-called information society....More
Oct 29, 2015

5 Things NOT to Do With Your Drone3

Drones have become a major market in the last several years. Most of the market is military and government. However, significant commercial....More
Oct 09, 2015

Will Noise and Interference Throttle the Internet of Things?6

If the projections for the volume of the Internet of Things (IoT) actually happen, we will have tens of billions of devices, mostly wireless, vying....More
Sep 24, 2015

This New Edition Is a Must-Have Electronics Classic4

Books still matter. Even though the Internet can take care of most of our usual information needs, every now and then we still need more in-depth....More
Sep 04, 2015

What’s Next for Smartphones?4

Are you satisfied with your smartphone? If not, what more do you want it to do? Would you like better performance like longer battery life or faster....More
Aug 18, 2015

5 Technologies That Are Going Nowhere11

An overview of five technologies that might get our blood boiling with excitement, but ultimately could have a difficult time penetrating into the....More
Jul 23, 2015

Ranking the Top 5 Wireless Devices3

Practically everything is wireless these days. When contemplating this lately, I was mentally categorizing all of the devices and technologies....More
Jul 14, 2015

DIY Makers, Hobbyists, and Experimenters Get Professional Software

These days the typical experimenter tackles projects that involve programming an embedded controller with sophisticated I/O, using readily available....More
Jun 30, 2015

Just Say No to the Driverless Car31

There is no doubt that the technology behind self-driving cars is impressive. But even with all the state-of-art technology, can they really replace....More
Jun 15, 2015

Justifying 2.5G/5G Ethernet2

Why is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers standards group working on a new version of Ethernet for 2.5G and 5G speeds, and how can....More
Jun 02, 2015

Finding Discontinued and Obsolete Parts6

Who would ever want to find obsolete or discontinued parts and why? One answer is that engineers assigned to keep older equipment working or....More
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Lou Frenzel writes articles and blogs on the wireless, communications and networking sectors for Electronic Design. Formerly, Lou was professor and department head at Austin Community College...
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Jul 15, 2016
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Simple Yet Effective ESD Testing Methods for Higher Reliability 6

There are multiple ways to test for electrostatic discharge, ranging from implementing a human-body or machine model to....using a balloon and a comb?...More
Apr 8, 2016
Commentary

Confabbing on the Fabless Fad 4

High capital and maintenance costs, and EDA advances along with abstractions to deal with chip complexity, have been leading contributors to the fabless migration....More
Mar 2, 2016
Article

Home or Very Small Office Electronic Circuit Prototypes, Part 4 22

Part 4 focuses on testing for a reflow oven and build of a mixed SMT/through-hole board....More

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