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Jul 07, 2016

Auto Electronics Got Complicated20

It is no secret that the electronic content of cars and trucks has increased dramatically over the years, increasing driving distraction and....More
Jun 27, 2016

EE Schools Not to Blame: Most EEs are Self-Taught11

The recent post “7 Critical Things They Don’t Teach You in EE School” generated numerous responses, covering a wide range of related topics....More
Jun 13, 2016

7 Critical Things They Don’t Teach You in EE School48

Where did you acquire the core knowledge that has made you successful in your career? Answer: probably not at college....More
Jun 03, 2016

UPDATE: The Shack Is Back5

Many of you had strong opinions (both positive and negative) regarding Radio Shack's comeback strategy....More
May 24, 2016

The Shack Is Back17

Radio Shack re-emerges as a major DIY/Maker player, while Heathkit continues to meander....More
May 03, 2016

Have Communications Data Rates Really Maxed Out?10

The goal of most communications technologies over the past decades has been, and continues to be, increasing the data rate. But how fast can we....More
Apr 20, 2016

Drones, the FAA, and Bluebonnets4

Of all the new technologies we have been seeing lately, drones appear to be the most useful, versatile, and successful....More
Mar 28, 2016

Have Smartphones Peaked?40

All products have a natural life cycle, and it appears that smartphones are beginning to reach the plateauing phase....More
Mar 15, 2016

Wireless 101: Basic Physics of Radio17

With all the wireless design activity going on these days, one wonders just how many engineers are actually educated in wireless principles anymore....More
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

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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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Jan 26, 2017

An Amateur’s View on the P2 (Part 2): Slew Rate and the Oscillator 3

Justin Mamaradlo takes a further look into the P2 op amp and how it functions, analyzing the oscillation and slew-rate characteristics of the venerable component....More
Jul 15, 2016

Simple Yet Effective ESD Testing Methods for Higher Reliability 11

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

Confabbing on the Fabless Fad 5

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

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