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Aug 18, 2014

Will Electric Cars Ever Be Practical?13

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
Aug 11, 2014

One of My Favorite Conferences

Last week (August 4-8) National Instruments held their annual NIWeek conference in Austin, TX. This was the 20th NIWeek and it proved to be another....More
Aug 04, 2014

Have You Bought a Tablet Yet?8

Virtually all of my colleagues, family and friends already have tablets. Many have had them since Apple introduced the iPad in 2010....More
Jul 28, 2014

Is the End Near for CDs, DVDs and MP3 Files?10

Most market sources say that digital music from CDs, DVDs, and MP3 downloads are in decline. That does not mean less interest in music....More
Jul 21, 2014

Getting Rid of Cable: Good Luck With That12

Just recently I decided to get rid of one of the cable boxes in our guest bedroom that was never used. With the cable bill that includes a VoIP....More
Jul 14, 2014

Whatever Happened to Power Line Communications?4

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?6

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 Booming3

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?34

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
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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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Aug 11, 2015
Commentary

Proof-of-Concept Prototypes versus Manufacturing Design Preparations 3

I have designed many early-stage proof-of-concept (POC) circuits, and observed many others do the same thing. It seems that there is often a huge disconnect between clients and engineers, though, when it comes to the goals of a POC design. In simple terms, an engineer worth his salt will overdesign an early POC circuit. This is because Murphy’s law always applies, and POCs are about overcoming unknowns. By overdesigning the circuit, one is able to prove the client’s product POC can be made to work, and quickly....More
Aug 4, 2015
blog

Inconspicuous Pitfalls in Datasheet Analysis

Identifying the limitations of a datasheet saves lots of time, and cost, in terms of troubleshooting and redesigning circuits....More
Jun 30, 2015
Commentary

Four-Wire Sensing Can Make or Break Your Measurements 7

Erroneously implementing four-wire sensing into a measurement instrument can be disastrous, so it becomes critical to have a firm grasp of how sense lines function....More

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