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

in Communiqué Nov 14, 2016

Getting Acquainted with NB-IoT

It’s understandable that you may have missed mention of yet another wireless technology for enabling IoT applications....More
in Communiqué Oct 28, 2016

Wi-Fi Alliance Resuscitates the IEEE’s 60-GHz Neglected Stepchild

Are you using the 60-GHz IEEE standard 802.11ad? Is anyone?....More
in Communiqué Sep 27, 2016

Scanning the Spectrum of "Weird Wireless"

We all use the familiar mainstream wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. However, there are many other unusual and less-well-known wireless....More
in Communiqué Sep 12, 2016

What You Should Know About the New Apple iPhone 7 and Watch

On Wednesday September 7th , Apple announced the forthcoming availability of two new models, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus....More
in Communiqué Aug 22, 2016

Forget this Self-Driving Car Nonsense

Autonomous cars may be on the way, but Lou Frenzel is having none of it....More
in Communiqué Aug 09, 2016

NIWeek: The Best Electronic Conference

Lou Frenzel has been to many conferences over the years, but for him, NIWeek is in its own category....More
in Communiqué Aug 01, 2016

And the Best Micro for Beginner Learning is…

While the responses to Lou Frenzel's blog on choosing the best microcontroller were broad, a consensus of sorts did emerge....More
in Communiqué 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
in Communiqué 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
in Communiqué 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
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Jul 15, 2016
blog

Simple Yet Effective ESD Testing Methods for Higher Reliability 7

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 5

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 23

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

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