Tamara Schmitz


Tamara Schmitz is the applications manager for light sensors at Intersil Corp. She has a BSEE, MSEE, and PhD in RF CMOS design from Stanford University.

Know Your Tradeoffs Before Placing Your Sensors
Cost drives many of the decisions that go into the components and composition of consumer products. The latest question posed to sensor companies is if they can operate from the main printed-circuit board (PCB) instead of from the typical flex PCB (FPCB).
Potential Sensor Applications Know No Limits 1
Intersil's Tamara Schmitz anticipates what functions the next generation of electronic sensors willenable and what algorithms they may invoke.
Pico Projectors Liberate Images From Tiny Displays
Intersil's Tamaara Schmitz explains the technology behind Pico Projector displays for handheld devices.
Choose Your Voltage Reference: Bandgap Or FGA? 1
Intersil's Tamara Schmitz compares bandgap and floating-grid-array voltage references for ADC measurements in terms temperature coefficient, noise, and drift.
Don’t Bypass Your Capacitor! 2
Intersil's Tamara Schmitz offers advice about sizing, choosing and using bypass capacitors in electronic circuits.
Don’t Let Ground’s Non-Ideal Nature Get In The Way Of Your Design
How to track down ground problems in electronic circuits.
Where Do Reference Designs Come From? 1
Intersil's Tamara Schmitz illuminates the genesis of reference designs that electronic designers use to accelerate product design.
The Integration And De-Integration Of The Signal Chain
To integrate or de-integrate? That is the question that Tamara Schmitz addresses for mixed signal solutions.
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
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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