Embedded Software: Know It All

1st Edition


  • Jean Labrosse
  • Jack Ganssle
  • Robert Oshana
  • Colin Walls
  • Keith E. Curtis
  • Jason Andrews
  • David Katz
  • Rick Gentile
  • Kamal Hyder
  • Bob Perrin
  • Embedded Software: Know It All

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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! Embedded software is present everywhere – from a garage door opener to implanted medical devices to multicore computer systems. This book covers the development and testing of embedded software from many different angles and using different programming languages. Optimization of code, and the testing of that code, are detailed to enable readers to create the best solutions on-time and on-budget. Bringing together the work of leading experts in the field, this a comprehensive reference that every embedded developer will need!

    Key Features

    *Proven, real-world advice and guidance from such “name” authors as Tammy Noergard, Jen LaBrosse, and Keith Curtis *Popular architectures and languages fully discussed *Gives a comprehensive, detailed overview of the techniques and methodologies for developing effective, efficient embedded software


    Embedded and software engineers; designers, project managers

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Basic Embedded Programming Concepts 1.1 Numbering Systems 1.2 Signed Binary Numbers 1.3 Data Structures 1.4 Communication Protocols 1.5 Mathematics 1.6 Numeric Comparison 1.7 State Machines 1.8 Multitasking Chapter 2: Device Drivers 2.1 In This Chapter 2.2 Example 1: Device Drivers for Interrupt- Handling 2.3 Example 2: Memory Device Drivers 2.4 Example 3: Onboard Bus Device Drivers 2.5 Board I/O Driver Examples 2.6 Summary Chapter 3: Embedded Operating Systems 3.1 In This Chapter 3.2 What Is a Process? 3.3 Multitasking and Process Management 3.4 Memory Management 3.5 I/O and File System Management 3.6 OS Standards Example: POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface) 3.7 OS Performance Guidelines 3.8 OSes and Board Support Packages (BSP) 3.9 Summary Chapter 4: Networking 4.1 Introduction to the RCM3200 Rabbit Core 4.2 Introduction to the Dynamic C Development Environment 4.3 Brief Introduction to Dynamic C Libraries 4.4 Memory Spaces in Dynamic C 4.5 How Code Is Compiled and Run 4.6 Setting Up a PC as an RCM3200 Development System 4.7 Time to Start Writing Code! 4.8 Embedded Networks 4.9 Dynamic C Support for Networking Protocols 4.10 Typical Network Setup 4.11 Setting Up a Core Module’s Network Configuration 4.12 Project 1: Bringing Up a Rabbit Core Module for Networking 4.13 The Client Server Paradigm


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    About the editors

    Jean Labrosse

    Jean J. Labrosse is a senior technical staff member at Dynalco Controls in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He has a master's degree in electrical engineering and has been designing embedded systems for many years. Labrosse is the author of the popular operating system and book MicroC/OS-II: The Real-Time Kernel. He has written articles for numerous magazines, and is a regular lecturer and advisory board member for the Embedded Systems Conference.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Author and President of Micrium, Weston, FL, USA

    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

    Robert Oshana

    Rob Oshana has over 25 years of experience in the real-time embedded industry, in both embedded application development as well as embedded tools development. He is currently director of engineering for the Development Technology group at Freescale Semiconductor. Rob is also a Senior Member of IEEE and an adjunct at Southern Methodist University. He can be contacted at robert.oshana@freescale.com

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Director of Engineering, Freescale, TX, USA

    Colin Walls

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Embedded Systems Division, Mentor Graphics, London, UK.

    Keith E. Curtis

    Keith E. Curtis earned a BSEE from Montana State University. Following graduation, he was employed by Tele-Tech Corporation as a design and project engineer, and also began consulting part-time as an embedded engineer. He was then employed by Bally Gaming in Las Vegas as an engineer and later the electronics engineering manager, working for various Nevada gaming companies in both design and management. In 2000 he began work as a Principal Application Engineer for Microchip, where he is still employed. He has written a number of articles and regularly gives a popular course on multitasking firmware design at the Embedded Systems Conference.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Principal Applications Engineer, Microchip, Chandler, AZ, USA.

    Jason Andrews

    Jason Andrews is currently working in the areas of hardware/software co-verification and testbench methodology for SoC design at Verisity. He has implemented multiple commercial co-verification tools as well as many custom co-verification solutions. His experience in the EDA and embedded marketplace includes software development and product management at Verisity, Axis Systems, Simpod, Summit Design, and Simulation Technologies. He has presented technical papers and tutorials at the Embedded Systems Conference, Communication Design Conference and IP/SoC and written numerous articles related to HW/SW co-verification and design verification. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering from The Citadel, Charleston, S.C., and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He currently lives in the Minneapolis area with his wife, Deborah, and their four children.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Embedded Engineer, Verisity, CA, 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