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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
Jul 14, 2014

Whatever Happened to Power Line Communications?

Power line communications (PLC) is the technology that uses the ac power line as the medium for the transmission of digital data. It has been around....More
Jul 07, 2014

What Do You Know About DSP?

I first learned of DSP in the 1960’s when we processed geophysical seismic ground readings from geophones recorded on magnetic tape to find specific....More
Jun 30, 2014

How to Connect Anything to the Internet

Get ready for a wave IoT products and services. My first impression was that IoT was a gimmick. I have always been of the opinion that even if you....More
Jun 23, 2014

Make More Electronics: The DIY Business is Booming

Now over the past several years there has be a major increase in those interested in building, hacking and playing around with electronic things....More
Jun 16, 2014

Outrageous! Experience is no qualification to teach EEs.

This week (June 15-18) is the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) annual conference. Each year college educators get together and....More
Jun 09, 2014

Do you REALLY want a driverless car?

Google’s driverless cars are in the news again. This time it is a tiny two seater with no steering wheel or pedals. And the speed tops out at about....More
Jun 02, 2014

16FSK: Unexpected Benefits

The modulation scheme 16FSK is pretty unusual and not widely used. Yet it is now available in a new IC from CML Microcircuits....More
May 27, 2014

50 Years of BASIC Programming

Can you believe it? The BASIC programming language is 50 years old this month....More
May 19, 2014

10 Essential Skills for EEs

Ten Essential Skills for Electrical Engineers is a 245 page soft cover from IEEE Press/Wiley by Barry L. Dorr is directed primarily at students....More
May 12, 2014

Whatever Happened To NFC And Mobile Payments?

NFC is not really the problem. The real issue is do we want to stay on the path to a totally cashless society? It appears as though consumers are....More
May 05, 2014

The FCC is Hell-Bent to Regulate the Internet

I promised myself that I would not write about the subject of net neutrality ever again. But I couldn’t resist commenting on the FCC’s latest quest....More
Apr 28, 2014

The Aereo Decision and Bluebonnets

In case you haven’t heard, Aereo is a company that takes the over the air (OTA) signals from local TV stations reformats them and then sends them....More
Apr 18, 2014

Cable and Connector Hell

If you have been an electronic engineer for a while you know that you cannot escape the nightmares of too many types of cables and connectors. There....More
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Lou Frenzel

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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Dec 15, 2014
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Who Are You? (I Really Want to Know!) 4

Borrowing a stanza from The Who’s hit song seemed like a good way to bring attention to a critical topic often ignored by engineers. When finding information on a company that has an interesting product, what do we do? Of course, we look at its Web page to learn more....More
Dec 15, 2014
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Bridging Technical Communication Barriers Between Cultures

Understanding technical concepts in different languages can sometimes prove to be difficult, particularly when you have to communicate it. In this article, I discuss the challenges and possible courses of action....More
Dec 1, 2014
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Programming Efficiency 7

When I started college, the Intel 4004 was being designed. The C programming language and UNIX operating system were being developed (unbeknownst to me). I did most of my programming in BASIC on an HP 2100 series mini-computer....More

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