Embedded Microprocessor Systems

3rd Edition

Real World Design

Authors: Stuart Ball
Print ISBN: 9780750675345
eBook ISBN: 9780080477572
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 18th November 2002
Page Count: 432
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The less-experienced engineer will be able to apply Ball's advice to everyday projects and challenges immediately with amazing results. In this new edition, the author has expanded the section on debug to include avoiding common hardware, software and interrupt problems. Other new features include an expanded section on system integration and debug to address the capabilities of more recent emulators and debuggers, a section about combination microcontroller/PLD devices, and expanded information on industry standard embedded platforms.

Key Features

  • Covers all 'species' of embedded system chips rather than specific hardware

  • Learn how to cope with 'real world' problems

  • Design embedded systems products that are reliable and work in real applications


Engineers and technicians working with embedded microprocessors; advanced students.

Table of Contents

System Design; Hardware Design 1; Hardware Design 2; Software Design; Interrupts in Embedded Systems; Adding Debug Hardware and Software; System Integration and Debug; Multiprocessor Systems; Real-Time Operating Systems; Industry-Standard Embedded Platforms; Advanced Microprocessor Concepts; Example System Specifications; Number Systems; Digital Logic Review; Basic Microprocessor Concepts; Embedded Websites


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About the Author

Stuart Ball

Senior Electrical Engineer who has worked for the past twenty years in the field of embedded control systems. He previously worked on Global Positioning Systems and secure communications equipment at Rockwell International, on document processing equipment at Banctec, and on medical electronics at Organon-Teknika. He has written several books and many articles for periodicals such as Circuit Cellar INK, and Modern Electronics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Embedded Systems consultant and author


I'm very impressed...[Embedded Microprocessor Systems] covers many aspects of developing embedded systems that engineers new to the field may not consider. -Ken Davidson, Editor-in-Chief of Circuit Cellar INK, about the previous edition This book will provide an excellent introduction for someone new to the art of embedding microprocessors into systems. It is labeled as an introduction to the design of embedded microprocessor systems, and I think it achieves this better than any other book I have seen. So can I recommend this book? Yes, very much. It is up-to-date, clear, and full of helpful tips. -Dr. Alistair Armitage, Measurement & Control Students and engineers new to embedded work looking for a general introduction to embedded system design will benefit from this book. It is suitable for engineers coming from the software or the hardware side. Highly Recommended. -Chris Hills, CVu