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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 Internet16

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
Feb 03, 2014

A New Modulation Method. Really?29

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?2

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

Net Neutrality Without Regulation19

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

New Wireless Medium: Visible Light?

The potential of visible light communications with LEDs....More

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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Oct 7, 2015

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

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
Aug 11, 2015

Proof-of-Concept Prototypes versus Manufacturing Design Preparations 4

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

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