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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 Transformer

The main components in our power grid distribution system are transformers.  They step up the generated voltage to a higher level for more....More
Feb 03, 2014

A New Modulation Method. Really?

New modulation schemes don’t come along very often.  In fact, it has been years…decades really…. since any new modulation....More
Jan 27, 2014

Is Moore’s Law Really Over For Good?

Moore's law will continue...for now....More
Jan 21, 2014

Net Neutrality Without Regulation

FCC loses the net neutrality battle....More
Jan 07, 2014

New Wireless Medium: Visible Light?

The potential of visible light communications with LEDs....More
Dec 30, 2013

The History of Personal Computers, Part 2: The Heathkit Story

How Heathkit entered the personal computing business....More
Dec 12, 2013

The History of Personal Computers – Part 1: The East Coast Version

Have you ever wondered where PCs and all their derivatives came from?  If not, I am going to tell you anyway, at least my version of it. ....More
Dec 02, 2013

Trouble at the Interface

The interface as an issue....More
Nov 21, 2013

MOOCs: The Gifts That Keep On Giving

Continuing education is essential for any EE and MOOCs can help....More
Nov 12, 2013

Amazing Adaptable AM Radio

Things you may not have known about AM radio....More
Nov 04, 2013

New Device Improves EE Lab Education

How National Instruments' myRIO can improve EE lab education....More
Oct 22, 2013

New Tablets From Apple and Others Keep Laptops Under Siege.

Summarizing the new tablets from Apple, Microsoft and Nokia....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 4

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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