Hardware/Firmware Interface Design

Hardware/Firmware Interface Design

Best Practices for Improving Embedded Systems Development

1st Edition - October 31, 2009

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  • Author: Gary Stringham
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856176057
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080880198

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Why care about hardware/firmware interaction? These interfaces are critical, a solid hardware design married with adaptive firmware can access all the capabilities of an application and overcome limitations caused by poor communication. For the first time, a book has come along that will help hardware engineers and firmware engineers work together to mitigate or eliminate problems that occur when hardware and firmware are not optimally compatible. Solving these issues will save time and money, getting products to market sooner to create more revenue.The principles and best practices presented in this book will prove to be a valuable resource for both hardware and firmware engineers. Topics include register layout, interrupts, timing and performance, aborts, and errors. Real world cases studies will help to solidify the principles and best practices with an aim towards cleaner designs, shorter schedules, and better implementation!

Key Features

  • Reduce product development delays with the best practices in this book
  • Concepts apply to ASICs, ASSPs, SoCs, and FPGAs
  • Real-world examples and case studies highlight the good and bad of design processes


Hardware and Firmware Engineers; Digital Designers

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 - Introduction
    Chapter 2 - Principles
    Chapter 3 - Collaboration
    Chapter 4 - Planning
    Chapter 5 - Documentation
    Chapter 6 - Superblock
    Chapter 7 - Design
    Chapter 8 - Registers
    Chapter 9 - Interrupts
    Chapter 10 - Aborts, etc
    Chapter 11 - Hooks
    Chapter 12 - Conclusion

    Appendix A: Best Practices
    Appendix B: Bicycle Controller Specification 
    Appendix C: Using this Book in a University (only available online at http://www.elsevierdirect.com/companion.jsp?ISBN=9781856176057)
    Appendix D: Glossary                                                                                                                                          Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 376
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2009
  • Published: October 31, 2009
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856176057
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080880198

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Gary Stringham

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