Loring Wirbel

Loring Wirbel is an independent communications analyst with more than 30 years’ experience covering wireless and wireline communications. He has worked with such organizations as The Linley Group, Qualcomm Smartbook Blog, EE Times, and EDN’s FPGA Gurus.

EEs Join the Gig Economy

The combination of improved design automation, round-the-clock design teams, and old-fashioned cost-cutting is pushing engineers into the gig economy. That reality runs counter to recent comments from Intel executives and RISC pioneers David Patterson and John Hennessy. They would assert that we are in the midst of a “hundred flowers bloom” epoch for the design…

Huawei and Decades of Doubt

U.S. negotiators in the ongoing trade talks with China feel that they may have an unassailable trump card in their back pocket. It often goes unrecognized, but the harm that the U.S. government could do by barring semiconductor sales into Huawei and other China-based OEMs would be greater than any harm caused by a ban…

Infrastructure Focus Clouds the Blue-Sky View for 6G

The 35-year history of digital cellular standards has followed a predictable trajectory since the 3G Partnership Project took the lead in standards development. As soon as one generation of standard reached draft form in 3GPP, it was time to speculate about the next generation, even if the barest framework of the next generation was still…