Embedded Hardware: Know It All

1st Edition


  • Jack Ganssle
  • Tammy Noergaard
  • Fred Eady
  • Lewin Edwards
  • David Katz
  • Rick Gentile
  • Ken Arnold
  • Kamal Hyder
  • Bob Perrin
  • Description

    The Newnes Know It All Series takes the best of what our authors have written to create hard-working desk references that will be an engineer's first port of call for key information, design techniques and rules of thumb. Guaranteed not to gather dust on a shelf! Circuit design using microcontrollers is both a science and an art. This book covers it all. It details all of the essential theory and facts to help an engineer design a robust embedded system. Processors, memory, and the hot topic of interconnects (I/O) are completely covered. Our authors bring a wealth of experience and ideas; this is a must-own book for any embedded designer.

    Key Features

    *A 360 degree view from best-selling authors including Jack Ganssle, Tammy Noergard, and Fred Eady *Key facts, techniques, and applications fully detailed *The ultimate hard-working desk reference: all the essential information, techniques, and tricks of the trade in one volume


    Embedded and hardware engineers; designers, project managers

    Table of Contents

    CHAPTER 1: Embedded Hardware Basics 1.1 Lesson One on Hardware: Reading Schematics 1.2 The Embedded Board and the von Neumann Model 1.3 Powering the Hardware 1.4 Basic Electronics 1.4.1 DC Circuits 1.4.2 AC Circuits 1.4.3 Active Devices 1.5 Putting It Together: A Power Supply 1.6 Endnotes CHAPTER 2: Logic Circuits 2.1 Coding 2.1.1 BCD 2.2 Combinatorial Logic 2.2.1 NOT Gate 2.2.2 AND and NAND Gates 2.2.3 OR and NOR Gates 2.2.4 XOR 2.2.5 Circuits 2.2.6 Tristate Devices 2.3 Sequential Logic 2.3.1 Logic Wrap-Up 2.4 Putting It All Together: The Integrated Circuit 2.5 Endnotes CHAPTER 3: Embedded Processors 3.2 ISA Architecture Models 3.2.1 Operations 3.2.2 Operands 3.2.3 Storage 3.2.4 Addressing Modes 3.2.5 Interrupts and Exception Handling 3.2.6 Application-Specific ISA Models 3.2.7 General-Purpose ISA Models 3.2.8 Instruction-Level Parallelism ISA Models 3.3 Internal Processor Design 3.3.1 Central Processing Unit (CPU) 3.3.2 On-Chip Memory 3.3.3 Processor Input/Output (I/O) 3.3.4 Processor Buses 3.4 Processor Performance 3.4.1 Benchmarks 3.5 Endnotes CHAPTER 4: Embedded Board Buses and I/O 4.1 Board I/O 4.2 Managing Data: Serial vs. Parallel I/O 4.2.1 Serial I/O Example 1: Networking and Communications: RS-232 4.2.2 Example: Motorola/Freescale M


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    About the editors

    Jack Ganssle

    Jack Ganssle has 30 years' experience developing embedded systems. He has authored two books, The Art of Programming Embedded Systems and The Art of Designing Embedded Systems, and writes a regular column in Embedded Systems Programming magazine. Michael Barr is the editor-in-chief of Embedded Systems Programming magazine and the principal of Netrino Consultants Network. He wrote Programming Embedded Systems in C and C++.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Founder and Principal Consultant, The Ganssle Group, Baltimore,MD, USA; Technical editor and columnist for Embedded Systems Programming magazine

    Tammy Noergaard

    Tammy Noergaard is Chief Specialist in Embedded Systems at Terma, Denmark. Tammy has a wealth of professional experience including Technical Lead/Manager (Denmark) at Vestas Wind Systems A/S, independent consultancy in systems engineering and as a Field Engineering Specialist for two Silicon Valley-based corporations. She has also worked as a software engineer with Sony Electronics and Hyundai.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Chief Specialist, Embedded Systems, Terma, Denmark.

    Fred Eady

    As an engineering consultant, Fred Eady has implemented communications networks for the space program and designed hardware and firmware for the medical, retail and public utility industries. He currently writes a monthly embedded design column for a popular electronics enthusiast magazine. Fred also composes monthly articles for a popular robotics magazine. Fred has been dabbling in electronics for over 30 years. His embedded design expertise spans the spectrum and includes Intel’s 8748 and 8051 microcontrollers, the entire Microchip PIC microcontroller family and the Atmel AVR microcontrollers. Fred recently retired from his consulting work and is focused on writing magazine columns and embedded design books.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Systems Engineer, EDTP Electronics, FL, USA

    Lewin Edwards

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Digi-Frame Inc., Port Chester, NY, USA

    David Katz

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Analog Devices, Inc., Norwood, MA, USA

    Rick Gentile

    Rick Gentile joined ADI in 2000 as a Senior DSP Applications Engineer, and he currently leads the Processor Applications Group, which is responsible for Blackfin, SHARC and TigerSHARC processors. Prior to joining ADI, Rick was a Member of the Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he designed several signal processors used in a wide range of radar sensors. He has authored dozens of articles and presented at multiple technical conferences. He received a B.S. in 1987 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.S. in 1994 from Northeastern University, both in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Analog Devices, Inc., Norwood, MA, USA

    Ken Arnold

    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.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Senior Technical Advisor, WorleyParsons Group


    "The authors know their subject and present it well. Examples include C and BASIC code that will run on a PIC12F675 microcontroller." "If you want information about the overall aspects of empbedded-system design, this book deserves a look." "David Katz and Rick Gentile of Analog Devices do an admirable job covering memory architectures and storage technologies and devices." "The authors know theit subject and present it well." ECN