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Jun 23, 2014

Make More Electronics: The DIY Business is Booming2

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.25

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?33

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 Programming13

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

10 Essential Skills for EEs5

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?2

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 Internet13

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 Hell7

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 Beckons1

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?3

It is getting increasingly more difficult for the smartphone makers to distinguish themselves from one another. Today smartphones are all just....More
Mar 25, 2014

Is The U.S. Giving Up Internet Control?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced that it will move to an international management and control process....More
Mar 05, 2014

How to Kill a Transformer26

The main components in our power grid distribution system are transformers.  They step up the generated voltage to a higher level for more....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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Mar 6, 2015
blog

Programming Efficiency: Part 2 2

A number of years ago I did some work on a PABX. The device was electromechanical and far from state of the art, but the owner had been talked into spending a bunch of money expanding it and couldn’t justify scrapping it....More
Jan 21, 2015
Commentary

How To Dumb Down Smart Electronics 8

In our generation of microcontroller-enhanced everything, it has been frustrating at best to see how often the capability of smart hardware has been foiled by the design of poorly purposed software....More
Dec 15, 2014
blog

Who Are You? (I Really Want to Know!) 7

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

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