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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
Apr 10, 2014

iBeacon Beckons

Apple's new Bluetooth-based wireless location service, iBeacon, uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to implement beacons to send out a message that....More
Apr 03, 2014

Smartphones: What More Can We Pile On?

It is getting increasingly more difficult for the smartphone makers to distinguish themselves from one another. Today smartphones are all just....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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Nov 11, 2014
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How to Outsource Your Project to Failure 3

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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