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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 Revisited5

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
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

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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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Nov 16, 2015

Building Home or Very Small Office Electronic-Circuit Prototypes, Part 2 5

Part 2 gives step-by-step instructions on how to turn a Black & Decker TO1675B convection countertop oven into a temperature-controlled reflow oven....More
Oct 7, 2015

Building Home or Very Small Office Electronic-Circuit Prototypes, Part 1 9

This first part in a series goes through the steps of creating a preliminary design for a small and inexpensive hobbyist/limited-technology-prototype build-and-test capability....More
Sep 16, 2015

What is All This Nanogenerator Stuff, Anyway?

Nanogenerators, which harvest energy from the environment, could be the next big thing in renewable energy....More

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