Tom Quan

Director of OIP Marketing,


Tom Quan joined TSMC in 2007 as deputy director of design methodology and service marketing. Currently he is the director of Open Innovation Platform Marketing. Prior to joining TSMC, he was vice president of marketing at Applied Wave Research Inc. and has held several senior management positions at Cadence Design Systems Inc. He began his career at Intel Corp. as an IC designer. He has more than 25 years of experience in chip design, technical/product marketing, strategic planning, and business development in the electronic design software industry. He holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He can be reached at

The Internet Of Things Grows Chip By Chip
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Oct 7, 2015

Building Home or Very Small Office Electronic-Circuit Prototypes, Part 1 3

This first part in a series goes through the steps of creating a preliminary design for a small and inexpensive hobbyist/limited-technology-prototype build-and-test capability....More
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

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