Embedded Controller Hardware Design (Embedded Technology Series)

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9781878707529: Embedded Controller Hardware Design (Embedded Technology Series)

Ken Arnold is an experienced embedded systems designer and president of HiTech Equipment, Inc., an embedded systems design firm located in San Diego, California. He also teaches courses in embedded hardware and software design at the University of California-San Diego.

Gives the reader an integrated hardware/software approach to embedded controller design
Stresses a "worst case" design approach for the harsh environments in which embedded systems are often used
Includes design examples to make important concepts come alive

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About the Author:

Ken Arnold is the founder and former president of Paragon Engineering Services, Houston, Texas. He has more that 40 years of experience in the operations and project management. He is actively involved in production facility design. He has served on numerous SPE, API, and government advisory committees as an expert on oil handling, produced-water treating, and safety aspects producing operations.

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"The book... is a great introduction to low-end, controller design." ELECTRONIC DESIGN

Embedded Controller Hardware Design targets one of the most popular embedded controllers around, the 8051. The book, written by Ken Arnold for LLH Technology Publishing, is a great introduction to low-end, controller design, especially for developers fresh out of college or just off other projects that are used to 32-bit systems running Windows and Linux. Experienced 8-bit embedded designers will not find the book as useful unless they're unfamiliar with the 8051 and need to use it in a new project.

The coverage ranges from a novice level introduction of electronics that touches on resistors and tristate buffers to more advanced topics like bus current limitations and using 8-bit microcontrollers and PLDs (programmable logic devices). The bulk of the book concentrates on important detail like bus loading, timing, and the use of I/O, DMA, and interrupts.

The software aspects represent a key part of the book but they're not in the majority, so grab an 8051 programming book for software design. Still, there's enough software to touch on the aspects that will affect hardware designs, such as interrupt routine timing and synchronization.

The 8051 architecture is discussed in detail. It's suitable for consumption by novices and handy as a quick reference as well. Examples are sprinkled throughout. The book is designed to be used with 8031SDK, which is available online. A CD-ROM, included with the book, offers an eBook version of the text and software samples.

Bill Wong, Embedded Technologies/Software Editor, Electronic Design

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