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May 05, 2014

The FCC is Hell-Bent to Regulate the Internet14

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
Dec 30, 2013

The History of Personal Computers, Part 2: The Heathkit Story12

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

The History of Personal Computers – Part 1: The East Coast Version21

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
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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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Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
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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