For years I have looked at other career choices with envy. Pilots have an office in the sky, traveling routes like New York to London and Los Angeles to Tokyo. Archeologists go on digs to such exotic locales as Egypt, Africa, and South America. Even cable television installers get to visit exotic homes in the Bay Area hills.

Engineers, on the other hand, toil away in cold, sterile labs within the bowels of a corporate complex, trying to solve problems and bring their next engineering marvel to life. As FPGA designers, most of that time is spent running simulations, verifying, and debugging designs implemented with the latest Xilinx® FPGA technology.

I am happy to say that the days of pasty white skin and wearing sweaters in summer are over. Remote debugging is finally here.

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