William Wong

Technical Editor, Penton Media

Bill Wong covers Digital, Embedded, Systems and Software topics at Electronic Design. He writes a number of columns, including Lab Bench and alt.embedded, plus Bill's Workbench hands-on column. Bill is a Georgia Tech alumni with a B.S in Electrical Engineering and a master's degree in computer science for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
He has written a dozen books and was the first Director of PC Labs at PC Magazine. He has worked in the computer and publication industry for almost 40 years and has been with Electronic Design since 2000. He helps run the Mercer Science and Engineering Fair in Mercer County, NJ.

Posts by William Wong

in alt.embedded Aug 14, 2015

Flash in the 3D Pan

Storage vendors were showing off their latest wares at the Flash Memory Summit. This includes devices like Samsung’s 3D, 48-layer V-NAND chip that....More
in alt.embedded Aug 05, 2015

What Does It Mean To Secure the Internet of Things?

That’s the question everyone was asking at the Embedded Systems Conference....More
in alt.embedded Jul 30, 2015

In This Martian Movie, They Get the Details Right

NASA’s Dr. Jim Green helped Ridley Scott get The Martian as accurate as possible. It looks to be a great space adventure, one that could really....More
in alt.embedded Jul 22, 2015

Car-Hacked! Flaw in Jeep Revealed

Did hackers remotely commandeer a Jeep Cherokee? Apparently, to prove a point....More
in alt.embedded Jul 10, 2015

The Changing User Interface

Quantum Interface’s Precognition user interface utilizes movement and direction to select items —setting it apart from the absolute positioning....More
in alt.embedded Jul 06, 2015

Really—it’s a Feature, Not a Bug

Technology Editor Bill Wong has an issue with the Canon MX860 printer (and bad design, in general)....More
in alt.embedded Jun 29, 2015

Musings from FTF 2015

This could be the last Freescale Technology Forum before the merge with NXP. There were definitely things to see....More
in alt.embedded Jun 19, 2015

Running the iRobot Create 2

The iRobot Create 2 is a vacuum-turned-STEM platform. Here’s a look at what comes in the box....More
in alt.embedded Jun 12, 2015

Java Turns 20—So What Else is New?

New programming languages come and go, but Java and C/C++ may not be the only ones to keep an eye on....More
in alt.embedded Jun 05, 2015

Home Security Defense in Depth

Technology Editor Bill Wong examines the challenges of addressing home security with a defense-in-depth approach....More
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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