Fundamentals of Embedded Software: Where C and Assembly Meet

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Reflecting current industrial applications and programming practice, this book lays a foundation that supports the multi-threaded style of programming and high-reliability requirements of embedded software. Using a non-product specific approach and a programming (versus hardware) perspective, it focuses on the 32-bit protected mode processors and on C as the dominant programming language--with coverage of Assembly and how it can be used in conjunction with, and support of, C. Features an abundance of examples in C and an accompanying CD-ROM with software tools. Data Representation. Getting the Most Out of C. A Programmer's View of Computer Organization. Mixing C and Assembly. Input/Output Programming. Concurrent Software. Scheduling. Memory Management. Shared Memory. System Initialization. For Computer Scientists, Computer Engineers, and Electrical Engineers involved with embedded software applications.

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Fundamentals of Embedded Software: Where C and Assembly Meet is a refreshing alternative to the traditional sophomore text on computer organization and assembly language programming. The text approaches assembly the way it is commonly used in practice¾to implement small, fast, or special-purpose routines called from a main program written in a high-level language such as C. By using an embedded software context, the text introduces multi-threaded programming, preemptive and non-preemptive systems, shared resources, and scheduling, thus providing a solid foundation for subsequent courses on operating systems, real-time systems, networking, and microprocessor-based design.

The text will help you:

  • appreciate the often overlooked consequences and limitations of binary representation.
  • implement fast real-number arithmetic using fixed-point reals instead of floating-point.
  • reinforce your comprehension of scope, parameter passing, recursion, and memory allocation.
  • employ features of C (such as bit-manipulation and variant access) commonly used in embedded software.
  • write functions in Intel x86 protected mode assembly to be called from C.
  • estimate maximum data rate and latency for various styles of I/O programming.
  • manage multiple threads, shared resources, and critical sections.
  • develop programming practices that avoid priority inversions, deadlocks, and shared memory problems.

Fundamentals of Embedded Software: Where C and Assembly Meet comes with a CD-ROM containing all the software tools needed to build simple stand-alone embedded applications on an ordinary Pentium-class PC: a C compiler, assembler, linker, boot loader, library, and both preemptive and non-preemptive real-time kernels. Also included are major portions of the source code for a number of programming assignments found in an appendix of the text.

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Daniel W. Lewis received his BSEE from Ga. Tech in 1968, and his MS, Engineer's, and PhD degrees in EE from Syracuse in 1972, 1974, and 1975, respectively. He is now the Chair of the Computer Engineering department at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, California where he has been since 1975.

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