Lou Frenzel

Communications Technology

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 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 the author of 20 books on computer and electronics 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

Jul 18, 2016

How to Choose the Best Microcontroller

Electronic Design's own Lou Frenzel is updating one of his textbooks—and is soliciting advice from readers on microcontroller content to include....More
Jul 07, 2016

Auto Electronics Got Complicated

It is no secret that the electronic content of cars and trucks has increased dramatically over the years, increasing driving distraction and....More
Jun 27, 2016

EE Schools Not to Blame: Most EEs are Self-Taught

The recent post “7 Critical Things They Don’t Teach You in EE School” generated numerous responses, covering a wide range of related topics....More
Jun 13, 2016

7 Critical Things They Don’t Teach You in EE School

Where did you acquire the core knowledge that has made you successful in your career? Answer: probably not at college....More
Jun 03, 2016

UPDATE: The Shack Is Back

Many of you had strong opinions (both positive and negative) regarding Radio Shack's comeback strategy....More
May 24, 2016

The Shack Is Back

Radio Shack re-emerges as a major DIY/Maker player, while Heathkit continues to meander....More
May 03, 2016

Have Communications Data Rates Really Maxed Out?

The goal of most communications technologies over the past decades has been, and continues to be, increasing the data rate. But how fast can we....More
Apr 20, 2016

Drones, the FAA, and Bluebonnets

Of all the new technologies we have been seeing lately, drones appear to be the most useful, versatile, and successful....More
Mar 28, 2016

Have Smartphones Peaked?

All products have a natural life cycle, and it appears that smartphones are beginning to reach the plateauing phase....More
Mar 15, 2016

Wireless 101: Basic Physics of Radio

With all the wireless design activity going on these days, one wonders just how many engineers are actually educated in wireless principles anymore....More
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Jul 15, 2016
blog

Simple Yet Effective ESD Testing Methods for Higher Reliability 3

There are multiple ways to test for electrostatic discharge, ranging from implementing a human-body or machine model to....using a balloon and a comb?...More
Apr 8, 2016
Commentary

Confabbing on the Fabless Fad 3

High capital and maintenance costs, and EDA advances along with abstractions to deal with chip complexity, have been leading contributors to the fabless migration....More
Mar 2, 2016
Article

Home or Very Small Office Electronic Circuit Prototypes, Part 4 20

Part 4 focuses on testing for a reflow oven and build of a mixed SMT/through-hole board....More

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