Embedded System Design on a Shoestring: Achieving High Performance with a Limited Budget

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In this practical guide, experienced embedded engineer Lewin Edwards demonstrates faster, lower-cost methods for developing high-end embedded systems. With today's tight schedules and lower budgets, embedded designers are under greater pressure to deliver prototypes and system designs faster and cheaper. Edwards demonstrates how the use of the right tools and operating systems can make seemingly impossible deadlines possible.

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Overview

In this practical guide, experienced embedded engineer Lewin Edwards demonstrates faster, lower-cost methods for developing high-end embedded systems. With today's tight schedules and lower budgets, embedded designers are under greater pressure to deliver prototypes and system designs faster and cheaper. Edwards demonstrates how the use of the right tools and operating systems can make seemingly impossible deadlines possible.

Designer's Guide to Embedded Systems Development shares many advanced, "in-the-trenches" design secrets to help engineers achieve better performance on the job. In particular, it covers many of the newer design tools supported by the GPL (GNU Public License) system. Code examples are given to provide concrete illustrations of tasks described in the text. The general procedures are applicable to many possible projects based on any 16/32-bit microcontroller. The book covers choosing the right architecture and development hardware to fit the project; choosing an operating system and developing a toolchain; evaluating software licenses and how they affect a project; step-by-step building instructions for gcc, binutils, gdb and newlib for the ARM7 core used in the case study project; prototyping techniques using a custom printed circuit board; debugging tips; and portability considerations. The accompanying companion website contains all the code used in the design examples as well as useful open-source tools for embedded design.

·A wealth of practical tips, tricks and techniques

·Design better, faster and more cost-effectively

·Accompanying companion website includes useful open-source tools for embedded design

Audience: Embedded systems engineers, both hardware and software; Engineering consultants; Electronics engineering students just entering the embedded job market.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750676090
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 5/13/2003
  • Series: Embedded Technology Series
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Before You Start: Fundamental Decisions; The GNU Toolchain; Gas: The GNU Assembler; Ld: GNU Linker; Converting Files with Objcopy; Objdump: Check Your Executable's Layout; Size: Check the Load Size of Your Executable; Gdb: The GNU Debugger; Example Firmware Walkthroughs and Debugging Techniques; Portability and Reliability Considerations; Useful Vendors and Other Web Resources; Index of Companion Website Contents; Acknowledgements

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    Developing 32-bit embedded systems with a shoestring budget

    This book is a useful reference for people attempting to develop 32-bit embedded systems on a shoestring (zero) budget. From experienced engineers to hobbyists, the book offers practical information on selecting, configuring and using free or low-cost tools. It includes tips for cheaply-prototypable PCB designs, pointers to free tools and operating systems, detailed instructions on how to compile the GNU toolchain (with specific emphasis on ARM targets), a comprehensive introduction to Makefile syntax, and fully documented code examples to configure and boot the Atmel AT91EB40 (AT91R40807 ARM7TDMI core microcontroller) in various modes; ROM startup, ROM/RAM startup, for assembly language and C code. Full information on how to write C run-time initialization code for newlib is also included, as well as sourcecode for an example flash-loader program. Useful tools and utilities including the EAGLE PCB layout software, the Cygwin operating environment and the complete GNU toolchain (along with all the example sourcecode) are included on the accompanying CD-ROM. The packages mentioned are all compatible with both Windows and Linux (where applicable, both versions of the software are included on the CD-ROM).

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