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

Have You Experienced MOOCs Yet?

Mar 08, 2017
How do you keep up with technology or learn new subjects related to your career? Here's an alternative you may not have explored....

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

Feb 27, 2017
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....

How Trump’s New FCC May Affect You

Feb 10, 2017
If you’re a communications policy wonk, you probably already follow the doings of the FCC. If not, maybe you should....

Is It Time to Bring Back the TV Antenna?

Jan 30, 2017
Accompanying the general cord-cutting trend, the percentage of U.S. households using antenna-only TV has grown....

Cellular Could Dominate IoT Applications

Jan 18, 2017
Cellular systems are poised to play a bigger role in the IoT movement than expected....

5 Things You Must Know About the New Bluetooth 5

Jan 04, 2017
Longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity come with Bluetooth 5, which makes it an even stronger wireless competitor in the......

Retro ICs that Will Never Die

Dec 06, 2016
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......

Getting Acquainted with NB-IoT

Nov 14, 2016
It’s understandable that you may have missed mention of yet another wireless technology for enabling IoT applications....

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

Oct 28, 2016
Are you using the 60-GHz IEEE standard 802.11ad? Is anyone?...

Scanning the Spectrum of "Weird Wireless"

Sep 27, 2016
We all use the familiar mainstream wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. However, there are many other unusual and less-well-known wireless......