Author, ESD column "Programmer's Toolbox"
Book "Math Toolkit for Real-Time Programming"
Tutorial series "Let's Build a Compiler"
Manager, Comp-Sultants, Inc. Company developed embedded systems based on 4040 and 8080, ca. 1975. Designed & developed embedded systems based on discrete chips, 1972-76.
Chief Software Engineer, Heathkit, 1978. President, Crenshaw Associates, developing embedded systems 1994.
Staff Scientist, Invivo Inc., developing systems and software for patient monitors; specifically blood O2, CO2, and anesthetic gas subsystems, 1995-9
Languages included Fortran, Pascal, C, C++, Python, 10 assembly languages.
Very active in early days of hobby/personal computers. Electronics hobbyist since 1956, digital hobbyist since 1965.
Can't claim to be an expert; Like you I'm just getting into FPGAs, and for the same reasons. But I've ordered an Elbert V2, which has the Xilinx Spartan 3A chip:https://www.amazon.com/Numato-Lab-Elbert-V2-Develo...It's...