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Apr 10, 2014

iBeacon Beckons

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?

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 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
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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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Dec 15, 2014
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Who Are You? (I Really Want to Know!) 1

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
Dec 15, 2014
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Bridging Technical Communication Barriers Between Cultures

Understanding technical concepts in different languages can sometimes prove to be difficult, particularly when you have to communicate it. In this article, I discuss the challenges and possible courses of action....More
Dec 1, 2014
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Programming Efficiency 7

When I started college, the Intel 4004 was being designed. The C programming language and UNIX operating system were being developed (unbeknownst to me). I did most of my programming in BASIC on an HP 2100 series mini-computer....More

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