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Jan 12, 2015

What’s Happening With Heathkit and Radio Shack?9

One of our favorite electronic suppliers is gone and the other may be on their way out of business. I wonder why? Given the continued growth and....More
Jan 05, 2015

10 Steps to Making and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions2

It is that time of year again. Time to set your resolutions for the coming year....More
Dec 15, 2014

What’s HOT at Globecom 2014?

Last week I attended the IEEE Globecom conference in Austin, Texas. This is the annual meeting of the IEEE’s Communications Society. I have been a....More
Dec 01, 2014

Drones: Good News and Bad News11

Growth of the drone business has been spectacular the past few years and it is now so influential that the government is ready to act to regulate it....More
Nov 17, 2014

Implement Real Net Neutrality: Leave the Internet Alone10

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 You5

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?3

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 Product10

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 Wearables3

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 Option1

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 Revisited10

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?1

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 Hell6

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?14

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
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Lou Frenzel

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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Apr 8, 2016
Commentary

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
Mar 2, 2016
Article

Home or Very Small Office Electronic Circuit Prototypes, Part 4 6

Part 4 focuses on testing for a reflow oven and build of a mixed SMT/through-hole board....More
Jan 4, 2016
blog

Building Home or Very Small Office Electronic Circuit Prototypes, Part 3 15

Part 3 delves into critical equipment for testing today's electronics, and provides updates on circuit-board designs from Part 1....More

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