Embedded Controller Hardware DesignBy
- Ken Arnold, Senior Technical Advisor, WorleyParsons Group
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.
Software and hardware engineers designing systems and software using embedded microcontrollers. This book will be especially valuable for software engineers seeking to understand how embedded hardware impacts the code they write for embedded systems.
Published: December 2000
"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
- REVIEW OF ELECTRONICS FUNDAMENTALS: embedded microcontroller applications; microcontroller architectures; timing diagrams; the design and development process; MICROCONTROLLER CONCEPTS: von Neumann and Harvard architectures; 8052 architecture; 8051 instruction set; WORST-CASE TIMING, LOADING, ANALYSIS, AND DESIGN: fan-out and loading analysis; IC interfacing; noise analysis; worst-case design analysis; MEMORY TECHNOLOGIES AND INTERFACING: read/write memories; read-only memories; asynchronous and synchronous memory; memory management; CPU BUS INTERFACE AND TIMING: read/writer operations; address spaces and decoding; address, data, and control buses; DETAILED DESIGN EXAMPLE: the central processing unit; external data memory cycle; design problems; PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC DEVICES: introduction to programmable logic; I/O decoding and interfacing; IC design with PLDs; BASIC I/O INTERFACES: direct CPU I/O interfacing; direct memory access; elementary I/O devices; OTHER INTERFACES AND BUS CYCLES: interrupt cycles; software interrupts; hardware interrupts; OTHER USEFUL STUFF: electromagnetic compatibility; electrostatic discharge; fault tolerance; development tools; device selection; OTHER INTERFACES: analog signal conversion; proprietary synchronous serial interfaces; digital signal processing.