Designing Embedded Hardware
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: November 2002
Pages: 320

Intelligent readers who want to build their own embedded computer systems-- installed in everything from cell phones to cars to handheld organizers to refrigerators-- will find this book to be the most in-depth, practical, and up-to-date guide on the market. Designing Embedded Hardware carefully steers between the practical and philosophical aspects, so developers can both create their own devices and gadgets and customize and extend off-the-shelf systems.

There are hundreds of books to choose from if you need to learn programming, but only a few are available if you want to learn to create hardware. Designing Embedded Hardware provides software and hardware engineers with no prior experience in embedded systems with the necessary conceptual and design building blocks to understand the architectures of embedded systems.

Written to provide the depth of coverage and real-world examples developers need, Designing Embedded Hardware also provides a road-map to the pitfalls and traps to avoid in designing embedded systems.

Designing Embedded Hardware covers such essential topics as:

  • The principles of developing computer hardware
  • Core hardware designs
  • Assembly language concepts
  • Parallel I/O
  • Analog-digital conversion
  • Timers (internal and external)
  • UART
  • Serial Peripheral Interface
  • Inter-Integrated Circuit Bus
  • Controller Area Network (CAN)
  • Data Converter Interface (DCI)
  • Low-power operation
This invaluable and eminently useful book gives you the practical tools and skills to develop, build, and program your own application-specific computers.
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Great primer...

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Comments about oreilly Designing Embedded Hardware:

Ok, so I'm new to embedded hardware. Hence, overall I'm impressed with this title. I'd rate it 7/10 if I could. Why?

There are a number of things that I'm annoyed with:

1) Timing of my purchase: (1/10 off; yes I know this is not the authors fault but it affects MY score)

I purchased first edition one month before the release of the 2nd edition. Wish I'd known that it was coming. I'd probably have waited especially since there seems to be an extra 100 pages in the new edition.

2) Number of corrections still needed (even with a second reprint?), especially with the figures (1/10 off)

Who ever did the proof reading [hopefully not the author!] needs to pay more attention to the captions on circuit components etc. Very annoying and distracting.

3) Content of Chapter 2 needs expanding (1/10 off).

"Electronics 101" is a good start at an introduction, and I realize that author has space limitations but it couldn't hurt to describe:

- Transistors

- Be clear when introducing Formulas as to all symbols involved.

For example current is described to be measured in Amperes (Amps), but readers should be told that captial 'I' is used to represent current in formulas

Now I have to decide whether it is worth purchasing the second edition too!

 
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By James McAnanama, P.Eng. Ontario, Canada

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Comments about oreilly Designing Embedded Hardware:

O'Reilly has done it again. Mr. Catsoulis' book is a great primer on Embedded Systems. This book allows you to very quickly understand a great deal of practical information. In his preface, Mr. Catsoulis explains that there are books out there that are focused on writing code or on microprocessors, but that none bring together all you need to create an embedded computer. I think he hit the nail on the head with this statement and has provided us with such a guide.

 
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A good book, after learning how to program the Embedded Systems. It gives ideas of developing our own hardware platform to work with and also to deploy.

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