Embedded Hardware: Know It All

Embedded Hardware: Know It All

1st Edition - September 14, 2007

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  • Authors: Jack Ganssle, Tammy Noergaard, Fred Eady, Lewin Edwards, David Katz, Rick Gentile, Ken Arnold, Kamal Hyder, Bob Perrin
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080560748

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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 MPC823 FADS Board RS-232 System Model
    4.2.3 Serial I/O Example 2: Networking and Communications: IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN
    4.2.4 Parallel I/O
    4.2.5 Parallel I/O Example 3: “ Parallel” Output and Graphics I/O
    4.2.6 Parallel and Serial I/O Example 4: Networking and Communications— Ethernet
    4.2.7 Example 1: Motorola/Freescale MPC823 FADS Board Ethernet System Model
    4.2.8 Example 2: Net Silicon ARM7 (6127001) Development Board Ethernet System Model
    4.2.9 Example 3: Adastra Neptune x86 Board Ethernet System Model
    4.3 Interfacing the I/O Components
    4.3.1 Interfacing the I/O Device with the Embedded Board
    4.3.2 Interfacing an I/O Controller and the Master CPU
    4.4 I/O and Performance
    4.5 Board Buses
    4.6 Bus Arbitration and Timing
    4.6.1 Nonexpandable Bus: I2C Bus Example
    4.6.2 PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Bus Example: Expandable
    4.7 Integrating the Bus with Other Board Components
    4.8 Bus Performance
    4.9 Endnotes

    CHAPTER 5: Memory Systems
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Memory Spaces
    5.2.1 L1 Instruction Memory
    5.2.2 Using L1 Instruction Memory for Data Placement
    5.2.3 L1 Data Memory
    5.3 Cache Overview
    5.3.1 What Is Cache?
    5.3.2 Direct-Mapped Cache
    5.3.3 Fully Associative Cache
    5.3.4 N-Way Set-Associative Cache
    5.3.5 More Cache Details
    5.3.6 Write-Through and Write-Back Data Cache
    5.4 External Memory
    5.4.1 Synchronous Memory
    5.4.2 Asynchronous Memory
    5.4.3 Nonvolatile Memories
    5.5 Direct Memory Access
    5.5.1 DMA Controller Overview
    5.5.2 More on the DMA Controller
    5.5.3 Programming the DMA Controller
    5.5.4 DMA Classifications
    5.5.5 Register-Based DMA
    5.5.6 Descriptor-Based DMA
    5.5.7 Advanced DMA Features
    5.6 Endnotes

    CHAPTER 6: Timing Analysis in Embedded Systems
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Timing Diagram Notation Conventions
    6.2.1 Rise and Fall Times
    6.2.2 Propagation Delays
    6.2.3 Setup and Hold Time
    6.2.4 Tri-State Bus Interfacing
    6.2.5 Pulse Width and Clock Frequency
    6.3 Fan-Out and Loading Analysis: DC and AC
    6.3.1 Calculating Wiring Capacitance
    6.3.2 Fan-Out When CMOS Drives LSTTL
    6.3.3 Transmission-Line Effects
    6.3.4 Ground Bounce
    6.4 Logic Family IC Characteristics and Interfacing
    6.4.1 Interfacing TTL Compatible Signals to 5 V CMOS
    6.5 Design Example: Noise Margin Analysis Spreadsheet
    6.6 Worst-Case Timing Analysis Example
    6.7 Endnotes

    CHAPTER 7: Chooosing a Microcontroller and Other Design Decisions
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Choosing the Right Core
    7.3 Building Custom Peripherals with FPGAs
    7.4 Whose Development Hardware to Use—Chicken or Egg?
    7.5 Recommended Laboratory Equipment
    7.6 Development Toolchains
    7.7 Free Embedded Operating Systems
    7.8 GNU and You: How Using “Free” Software Affects Your Product

    CHAPTER 8:The Essence of Microcontroller Networking: RS-232
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Some History
    8.3 RS-232 Standard Operating Procedure
    8.4 RS-232 Voltage Conversion Considerations
    8.5 Implementing RS-232 with a Microcontroller
    8.5.1 Basic RS-232 Hardware
    8.5.2 Building a Simple Microcontroller RS-232 Transceiver
    8.6 Writing RS-232 Microcontroller Routines in BASIC
    8.7 Building Some RS-232 Communications Hardware
    8.7.1 A Few More BASIC RS-232 Instructions
    8.8 I2C: The Other Serial Protocol
    8.8.1 Why Use I²C?
    8.8.2 The I²C Bus
    8.8.3 I²C ACKS and NAKS
    8.8.4 More on Arbitration and Clock Synchronization
    8.8.5 I²C Addressing
    8.8.6 Some I²C Firmware
    8.8.7 The AVR Master I²C Code
    8.8.8 The AVR I²C Master-Receiver Mode Code
    8.8.9 The PIC I²C Slave-Transmitter Mode Code
    8.8.10 The AVR-to-PIC I²C Communications Ball
    8.9 Communication Options
    8.9.1 The Serial Peripheral Interface Port
    8.9.2 The Controller Area Network
    8.9.3 Acceptance Filters
    8.10 Endnotes

    CHAPTER 9: Interfacing to Sensors and Actuators
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Digital Interfacing
    9.2.1 Mixing 3.3 and 5 V Devices
    9.2.2 Protecting Digital Inputs
    9.2.3 Expanding Digital Inputs
    9.2.4 Expanding Digital Outputs
    9.3 High-Current Outputs
    9.3.1 BJT-Based Drivers
    9.3.2 MOSFETs
    9.3.3 Electromechanical Relays
    9.3.4 Solid-State Relays
    9.4 CPLDs and FPGAs
    9.5 Analog Interfacing: An Overview
    9.5.1 ADCs
    9.5.2 Project 1: Characterizing an Analog Channel
    9.6 Conclusion
    9.7 Endnotes

    CHAPTER 10: Other Useful Hardware Design Tips and Techniques
    10.1 Introduction
    10.2 Diagnostics
    10.3 Connecting Tools
    10.4 Other Thoughts
    10.5 Construction Methods
    10.5.1 Power and Ground Planes
    10.5.2 Ground Problems
    10.6 Electromagnetic Compatibility
    10.7 Electrostatic Discharge Effects
    10.7.1 Fault Tolerance
    10.8 Hardware Development Tools
    10.8.1 Instrumentation Issues
    10.9 Software Development Tools
    10.10 Other Specialized Design Considerations
    10.10.1 Thermal Analysis and Design
    10.10.2 Battery-Powered System Design Considerations
    10.11 Processor Performance Metrics
    10.11.1 IPS
    10.11.2 OPS
    10.11.3 Benchmarks

    APPENDIX A: Schematic Symbols

    APPENDIX B: Acronyms and Abbreviations

    APPENDIX C: PC Board Design Issues
    C.1 Introduction
    C.2 Resistance of Conductors
    C.3 Voltage Drop in Signal Leads—“Kelvin” Feedback
    C.4 Signal Return Currents
    C.5 Grounding in Mixed Analog/Digital Systems
    C.6 Ground and Power Planes
    C.7 Double-Sided versus Multilayer Printed Circuit Boards
    C.8 Multicard Mixed-Signal Systems
    C.9 Separating Analog and Digital Grounds
    C.10 Grounding and Decoupling Mixed-Signal ICs with Low Digital Currents
    C.11 Treat the ADC Digital Outputs with Care
    C.12 Sampling Clock Considerations
    C.13 The Origins of the Confusion About Mixed-Signal Grounding: Applying Single-Card Grounding Concepts to Multicard Systems
    C.14 Summary: Grounding Mixed-Signal Devices with Low Digital Currents in a Multicard System
    C.15 Summary: Grounding Mixed-Signal Devices with High Digital Currents in a Multicard System
    C.16 Grounding DSPs with Internal Phase-Locked Loops
    C.17 Grounding Summary
    C.16 Some General PC Board Layout Guidelines for Mixed-Signal Systems
    C.19 Skin Effect
    C.20 Transmission Lines
    C.21 Be Careful with Ground Plane Breaks
    C.22 Ground Isolation Techniques
    C.23 Static PCB Effects
    C.24 Sample MINIDIP and SOIC Op Amp PCB Guard Layouts
    C.25 Dynamic PCB Effects
    C.26 Stray Capacitance
    C.27 Capacitive Noise and Faraday Shields
    C.28 The Floating Shield Problem
    C.29 Buffering ADCs Against Logic Noise
    C.28 Endnotes

Product details

  • No. of pages: 544
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2007
  • Published: September 14, 2007
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080560748

About the Authors

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

Lewin Edwards is an embedded engineer with over 15 years experience designing embedded systems hardware, firmware, and control software.

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

Kamal Hyder

Bob Perrin

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