Description

This book provides a careful explanation of the basic areas of electronics and computer architecture, along with lots of examples, to demonstrate the interface, sensor design, programming and microcontroller peripheral setup necessary for embedded systems development. With no need for mechanical knowledge of robots, the book starts by demonstrating how to modify a simple radio-controlled car to create a basic robot. The fundamental electronics of the MSP430 are described, along with programming details in both C and assembly language, and full explanations of ports, timing, and data acquisition. Further chapters cover inexpensive ways to perform circuit simulation and prototyping.

Key features include:

  • Thorough treatment of the MSP430’s architecture and functionality along with detailed application-specific guidance
  • Programming and the use of sensor technology to build an embedded system
  • A learn-by-doing experience

With this book you will learn:

  • The basic theory for electronics design

                 - Analog circuits

                 - Digital logic

                 - Computer arithmetic

                 - Microcontroller programming

  • How to design and build a working robot
  • Assembly language and C programming
  • How to develop your own high-performance embedded systems application using an on-going robotics application

Key Features

Teaches how to develop your own high-performance embedded systems application using an on-going robotics application

• Thorough treatment of the MSP430’s architecture and functionality along with detailed application-specific guidance.

• Focuses on electronics, programming and the use of sensor technology to build an embedded system

• Covers assembly language and C programming

Readership

Professional electronics engineers, embedded designers and programmers; students taking a course using microcontrollers. Individuals with an electronics background who may (or may not) have previous experience with microcontrollers, but who are just getting started with the TI MSP430 microcontroller.

Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Chapter 1. Introduction

Expected reader background

The parts of a robot

Where to get help

Tools you will need

Components

Chapter 2. Mechanical and Electrical Disassembly of the RC Car

Mechanical disassembly

Electrical inspection

Electrical disassembly

Chapter 3. Beginning Electronics – Resistors, Capacitors, and Inductors

Some basic laws

Resistors, capacitors, and inductors

Chapter wrap-up

Bibliography

Chapter 4. Basic Electronics – Semiconductors

P–n junctions

The diode

The bipolar transistor

Metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET)

The operational amplifier

The H-bridge

Semiconductor wrap-up

Bibliography

Chapter 5. DC Motors

Learning by doing

Beakman’s motor

Improving on Beakman’s motor

Is a DC motor also a DC generator?

Powering the motor

The analog DC motor drive

Brakeable and reversible PWM motor drive

Gears

Bibliography

Chapter 6. Inexpensive Ways to Perform Circuit Simulation

Circuit simulation history

Modern circuit simulation programs

Simulations wrap-up

Chapter 7. Computer Logic

The birth of integrated circuits

The advent of logic

Why is it called logic?

Some algebraic identities

Logic optimization

Advanced topics in computer logic

Electronic implementation of logic

A logic example – the adder

The Exclusive-Or gate

The multiple-bit adder

Flip-flops and registers

Logic chapter wrap-up

Bibliography

Chapter 8. Computer Arithmetic

Getting started with binary

Converting from binary to decimal

Converting from decimal to binary

Addit

Details

No. of pages:
416
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Newnes
Print ISBN:
9780123970121
Electronic ISBN:
9780123972965

About the author

Dan Harres

Dan Harres has 36 years of engineering experience with McDonnell Douglas Corp., Boeing Company, and ITT Electro-Optics Corp., and is the inventor of 29 US patents and patents pending. He has authored around 30 technical magazine articles and conference papers, and chaired the IEEE Avionics, Fiber Optics, and Photonics Conference in 2009-10. His principal areas of work are analog circuit design, microcontroller applications, and fiber optics system design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Technical Fellow, Boeing Company, Belleville, IL, USA.

Reviews

"This book teaches readers how to build a robot based on the Texas Instruments (TI) MSP430 microcontroller. To make things clear, the author presents a concrete case: creating a basic robot from a simple radio-controlled car. Enthusiasts are targeted: high school and college students eager to build their first robots, and computer geeks wishing to drill down to the machine level."--ComputingReviews.com, January 15, 2014
"The Texas Instruments MSP430 is a small, low power consumption microcontroller with a wide range of uses in embedded devices. In this book, Harres provides a guide to using them in robotics projects. The book emphasizes a hands-on approach where the reader will learn about robotics by constructing actual robots. The reader is not assumed to have any advanced technical background beyond algebra, trigonometry, basic programming knowledge, soldering skills, and high school level knowledge of electromagnetic physics."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013