Embedded Software - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780124158221, 9780124159693

Embedded Software

2nd Edition

The Works

Authors: Colin Walls
eBook ISBN: 9780124159693
Paperback ISBN: 9780124158221
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 28th March 2012
Page Count: 436
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As the embedded world expands, developers must have a strong grasp of many complex topics in order to make faster, more efficient and more powerful microprocessors to meet the public’s growing demand. Embedded Software: The Works covers all the key subjects embedded engineers need to understand in order to succeed, including Design and Development, Programming, Languages including C/C++, and UML, Real Time Operating Systems Considerations, Networking, and much more. New material on Linux, Android, and multi-core gives engineers the up-to-date practical know-how they need in order to succeed.

Colin Walls draws upon his experience and insights from working in the industry, and covers the complete cycle of embedded software development: its design, development, management, debugging procedures, licensing, and reuse. For those new to the field, or for experienced engineers looking to expand their skills, Walls provides the reader with detailed tips and techniques, and rigorous explanations of technologies.

Key features include:

  • New chapters on Linux, Android, and multi-core – the cutting edge of embedded software development!
  • Introductory roadmap guides readers through the book, providing a route through the separate chapters and showing how they are linked

About the Author

Colin Walls has over twenty-five years experience in the electronics industry, largely dedicated to embedded software. A frequent presenter at conferences and seminars and author of numerous technical articles and two books on embedded software, he is a member of the marketing team of the Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. He writes a regular blog on the Mentor website (blogs.mentor.com/colinwalls).

Key Features

  • New chapters on Linux, Android, and multi-core – the cutting edge of embedded software development!
  • Introductory roadmap guides readers through the book, providing a route through the separate chapters and showing how they are linked


Embedded design developers, computer, software, electrical, and system engineers, and system architects. Upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate electrical engineering students.

Table of Contents



Preface to the First Edition

Preface to the Second Edition

Whats on the Website

Roadmap to Embedded Software Development

Chapter 1. Embedded Software

1.1 What Makes an Embedded Application Tick?

1.2 Memory in Embedded Systems

1.3 Memory Architectures

1.4 How Software Influences Hardware Design

1.5 Migrating Your Software to a New Processor Architecture

1.6 Embedded Software for Transportation Applications

1.7 How to Choose a CPU for Your System on Chip Design

1.8 An Introduction to USB Software

1.9 Toward USB 3.0

Further Reading

Chapter 2. Design and Development

2.1 Emerging Technology for Embedded Systems Software Development

2.2 Making Development Tool Choices

2.3 Eclipse—Bringing Embedded Tools Together

2.4 A Development System That Crosses RTOS Boundaries

2.5 Embedded Software and UML

2.6 User Interface Development

2.7 Software and Power Consumption

Chapter 3. Programming

3.1 Programming for Exotic Memories

3.2 Self-Testing in Embedded Systems

3.3 A Command-Line Interpreter

3.4 Traffic Lights: An Embedded Software Application

Chapter 4. C Language

4.1 C Common

4.2 Using C Function Prototypes

4.3 Interrupt Functions and ANSI Keywords

4.4 Bit by Bit

4.5 Programming Floating-Point Applications

4.6 Looking at C—A Different Perspective

4.7 Reducing Function Call Overhead

4.8 Structure Layout—Become an Expert

4.9 Memory and Programming in C

4.10 Pointers and Arrays in C and C++

4.11 Using Dynamic Memory in C and C++

Chapter 5. C++

5.1 C++ in Embedded Systems—A Management Perspective

5.2 Why Convert from C to C++?

5.3 Clearing the Path to C++

5.4 C++


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About the Author

Colin Walls

Affiliations and Expertise

Embedded Systems Division, Mentor Graphics, London, UK.

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