In an attempt to help me maintain a better work/life balance, my wife suggested that I pick up a hobby. The first thing that came to mind was developing FPGA-based video games. I have never been a good game player, but I am fascinated by game hardware. The reason I studied electrical engineering in the first place was to get a job at Atari Games, but they closed their doors before I earned my degree.

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Reprinted with permission from Xcell Journal / Third Quarter 2005. Article © Xcell Journal.