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

Sep 30, 2015

On the Matter of Volkswagen, and Cheating Benchmarks

You have probably heard about the latest cheating debacle where Volkswagen made its diesel cars look good by changing the engine’s run-time profile....More
Sep 24, 2015

Take Two: Gumstix on the Create 2

Technology Editor Bill Wong takes the iRobot Create 2 out for a stroll using a Gumstix module running ROS....More
Sep 17, 2015

Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015: A Great Combination

Microsoft’s latest releases are Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015. Together, they are a great combination. Windows 10 targets a range of platforms....More
Sep 16, 2015

9th Grader Ahmed Mohamed's Digital Clock Project Gets Him Arrested

Ahmed Mohamed is the kind of 9th-grade student science fairs love. He was active in the robotics club in middle school. He knows how to solder. He....More
Sep 04, 2015

Write the FCC Now! Save Wi-Fi

The FCC is proposing a rule that could prevent intended modification of wireless devices. Find out why that’s a bad idea....More
Sep 02, 2015

The Developer’s IoT Dilemma

Implementing the Internet of Things is not easy, and no one does it from scratch. But choosing partners and solution providers can be daunting....More
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
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
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
Jul 22, 2015

Car-Hacked! Flaw in Jeep Revealed

Did hackers remotely commandeer a Jeep Cherokee? Apparently, to prove a point....More
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Sep 16, 2015

What is All This Nanogenerator Stuff, Anyway?

Nanogenerators, which harvest energy from the environment, could be the next big thing in renewable energy....More
Aug 11, 2015

Proof-of-Concept Prototypes versus Manufacturing Design Preparations 4

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

Inconspicuous Pitfalls in Datasheet Analysis 1

Identifying the limitations of a datasheet saves lots of time, and cost, in terms of troubleshooting and redesigning circuits....More

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