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Designing Embedded Hardware
Author: John Catsoulis

Publisher: O'reilly
ISBN: 9788184042597
Pages: 406
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"Embedded computer systems literally surround us: they re in our cell phones, PDAs, cars, TVs, refrigerators, heating systems, and more. In fact, embedded systems are one of the most rapidly growing segments of the computer industry today.

Along with the growing list of devices for which embedded computer systems are appro¬priate, interest is growing among programmers, hobbyists, and engineers of all types in how to design and build devices of their own. Furthermore, the knowledge offered by this book of the fundamentals of these computer systems can benefit anyone who has to evaluate and apply the systems.

The second edition of Designing Embedded Hardware has been updated to include information on the latest generation of processors and microcontrollers, including the new MAXQ processor. The book spells out the basics of embedded design for beginners while providing material useful for advanced systems designers.

Designing Embedded Hardware steers a course between books dedicated to writing code for par¬ticular microprocessors and those that stress the philosophy of embedded-system design without providing any practical information. Author John Catsoulis brings a wealth of real-world experience to show readers how to design and create entirely new embedded devices and computerized gadgets, as well as how to customize and extend off-the-shelf systems.

Loaded with real-world examples, this book also provides a roadmap to the pitfalls and traps to avoid. Designing Embedded Hardware includes:Theory and practice of embedded systems
Understanding schematics and datasheets
Powering an embedded system
Producing and debugging an embedded system
Processors such as the PIC, Atmel AVR, and Motorola 68000 series
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) architectures
Protocols (SPI and I2C) used to add peripherals
RS-232C, RS-422, infrared communication, and USB
CAN and Ethernet networking
Pulse Width Monitoring and motor control

If you want to build your own embedded system, or tweak an existing one, this invaluable book gives you the knowledge and practical skills you need.

About the Authors
John Catsoulis lives under the tropical sun in Brisbane, Australia. He has a Bachelor of Science with Honors (Griffith University) with a triple major in quantum physics, electronics and mathematics, and a Master of Engineering (La Trobe University) in specialized computer architectures. He is founder and Managing Director of Embedded, a company that designs computers for industry, government, military and scientific agencies. When not slaving over a hot microprocessor, he enjoys hiking and camping, wildlife and landscape photography, fishing, dabbling in permaculture, cooking Indian and Mediterranean food, and playing model trains with his nephews, Andrew and James."