"This book fills a void. Most books address only portions of the embedded problem. As the title indicates, this one is uniquely comprehensive. I consider it a must-read"

--Review of the 1st Edition. Jack Ganssle, embedded author, lecturer, consultant.

Embedded Systems Architecture is a practical and technical guide to understanding the components that make up an embedded system’s architecture. This book is perfect for those starting out as technical professionals such as engineers, programmers and designers of embedded systems; and also for students of computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. It gives a much-needed ‘big picture’ for recently graduated engineers grappling with understanding the design of real-world systems for the first time, and provides professionals with a systems-level picture of the key elements that can go into an embedded design, providing a firm foundation on which to build their skills.

* Real-world approach to the fundamentals, as well as the design and architecture process, makes this book a popular reference for the daunted or the inexperienced: if in doubt, the answer is in here!

* Fully updated with new coverage of FPGAs, testing, middleware and the latest programming techniques in C, plus complete source code and sample code, reference designs and tools online make this the complete package

* Visit the companion web site at for source code, design examples, data sheets and more.

Key Features

    • A true introductory book, provides a comprehensive get up and running reference for those new to the field, and updating skills: assumes no prior knowledge beyond undergrad level electrical engineering.
    • Addresses the needs of practicing engineers, enabling it to get to the point more directly, and cover more ground. Covers hardware, software and middleware in a single volume.
    • Includes a library of design examples and design tools, plus a complete set of source code and embedded systems design tutorial materials from companion website.



    • Beginning professionals - engineers, programmers, and designers of embedded systems; software and hardware engineers; IT architects; systems designers; new product developers.
    • Students in the areas of computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, bioengineering, and mechanical engineering.

    Table of Contents


    Foreword to the First Edition


    About the Author

    Section I: Introduction to Embedded Systems

    Section I. Introduction to Embedded Systems

    Introduction to Embedded Systems

    Chapter 1. A Systems Approach to Embedded Systems Design

    1.1 What Is an Embedded System?

    1.2 An Introduction to Embedded Systems Architecture

    1.3 The Embedded Systems Model

    1.4 Why the Holistic, Architectural Systems Engineering Approach? The Golden Rules …

    1.5 Summary

    Chapter 1: Problems


    Chapter 2. Know Your Standards

    2.1 An Overview of Programming Languages and Examples of their Standards

    2.2 Standards and Networking

    2.3 Multiple Standards-Based Device Example: Digital Television (DTV) [23]

    2.4 Summary

    Chapter 2: Problems

    Section II: Embedded Hardware

    Section II. Embedded Hardware

    Embedded Hardware

    Chapter 3. Embedded Hardware Building Blocks and the Embedded Board

    3.1 Lesson One on Hardware: Learn to Read a Schematic!

    3.2 The Embedded Board and the von Neumann Model

    3.3 Powering the Hardware

    3.4 Basic Hardware Materials: Conductors, Insulators, and Semiconductors

    3.5 Common Passive Components on Boards and in Chips: Resistors, Capacitors, and Inductors

    3.6 Semiconductors and the Active Building Blocks of Processors and Memory

    3.7 Putting It All Together: The IC

    3.8 Summary

    Chapter 3: Problems


    Chapter 4. Embedded Processors

    4.1 ISA Architecture Models

    4.2 Internal Processor Design

    4.3 Processor Performance

    4.4 Reading a Processor’s Datasheet

    4.5 Summary

    Chapter 4: Problems


    Chapter 5. Board Memory

    5.1 ROM

    5.2 RAM

    5.3 Auxiliary Memory

    5.4 Memory Management of Exter


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    About the author

    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.