Lou Frenzel

Communications Technology Editor

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 and networking sectors. Lou has been with the magazine since 2005 and is also editor for Mobile Dev & Design online magazine.

Formerly, Lou was professor and department head at Austin Community College where he taught electronics for 5 years and occasionally teaches an Adjunct Professor. Lou has 25+ years experience in the electronics industry. He held VP positions at Heathkit and McGraw Hill. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. He is author of 20 books on computer and electronic subjects.

Lou Frenzel was born in Galveston, Texas and currently lives with his wife Joan in Austin, Texas. He is a long-time amateur radio operator (W5LEF).

Posts by Lou Frenzel

Apr 16, 2015

Is STEM Really Working?

What I would like to know is, is all this working? Are colleges seeing an increase in STEM enrollments?....More
Apr 07, 2015

Get Ready for SDN, NFV, and Softwarization

Do you know what softwarization is and its two main versions, SDN and NFV?....More
Mar 20, 2015

5 Reasons You May Not Want an Apple Watch

As an iPhone user, I have seriously considered the Watch as a future purchase, but for now I have decided not to engage....More
Mar 12, 2015

Happy Pi Day!

In case you didn’t know, Saturday, March 14 (or 3/14), is Pi Day, a day set aside to celebrate and recognize the mathematical value of pi (π)....More
Feb 26, 2015

The FCC Just Imprisoned the Internet

The Federal Communications Commission voted to impose Title II rules and regulations of the Communications Act of 1934 on the Internet....More
Feb 23, 2015

RadioShack: Tragedy or Inevitable?

In case you have not heard, RadioShack is now in bankruptcy as of February 5. We are about to lose one of the icons of electronics retailing. Could....More
Feb 09, 2015

G.fast Promises Faster DSL Over Existing Wiring

G.fast—the latest and fastest version of DSL—may eventually deliver a super-fast upgrade in speed to DSL users....More
Jan 26, 2015

10 Tips for Writing Your First Technical Book

Ten tips for writing your first technical book from Lou Frenzel, author of 23 different books....More
Jan 12, 2015

What’s Happening With Heathkit and Radio Shack?

One of our favorite electronic suppliers is gone and the other may be on their way out of business. I wonder why? Given the continued growth and....More
Jan 05, 2015

10 Steps to Making and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

It is that time of year again. Time to set your resolutions for the coming year....More
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Mar 6, 2015
blog

Programming Efficiency: Part 2 2

A number of years ago I did some work on a PABX. The device was electromechanical and far from state of the art, but the owner had been talked into spending a bunch of money expanding it and couldn’t justify scrapping it....More
Jan 21, 2015
Commentary

How To Dumb Down Smart Electronics 8

In our generation of microcontroller-enhanced everything, it has been frustrating at best to see how often the capability of smart hardware has been foiled by the design of poorly purposed software....More
Dec 15, 2014
blog

Who Are You? (I Really Want to Know!) 7

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

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