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 Feb 27, 2017

Self-Driving Vehicle Tech: The Good News and the Bad

No matter how you feel about self-driving cars, all of the R&D investment that's gone into them will be of value elsewhere....More
in Communiqué Feb 10, 2017

How Trump’s New FCC May Affect You

If you’re a communications policy wonk, you probably already follow the doings of the FCC. If not, maybe you should....More
in Communiqué Jan 30, 2017

Is It Time to Bring Back the TV Antenna?

Accompanying the general cord-cutting trend, the percentage of U.S. households using antenna-only TV has grown....More
in Communiqué Jan 18, 2017

Cellular Could Dominate IoT Applications

Cellular systems are poised to play a bigger role in the IoT movement than expected....More
in Communiqué Jan 04, 2017

5 Things You Must Know About the New Bluetooth 5

Longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity come with Bluetooth 5, which makes it an even stronger wireless competitor in the....More
in Communiqué Dec 06, 2016

Retro ICs that Will Never Die

From the 555 timer to the LM317 regulator, many old-time components still can be had from suppliers to help engineers, hobbyists, or even college....More
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
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Jan 26, 2017

An Amateur’s View on the P2 (Part 2): Slew Rate and the Oscillator 1

Justin Mamaradlo takes a further look into the P2 op amp and how it functions, analyzing the oscillation and slew-rate characteristics of the venerable component....More
Jul 15, 2016

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

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

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