Making Embedded Systems: Design Patterns for Great Software [NOOK Book]

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Interested in developing embedded systems? Since they don’t tolerate inefficiency, these systems require a disciplined approach to programming. This easy-to-read guide helps you cultivate a host of good development practices, based on classic software design patterns and new patterns unique to embedded programming. Learn how to build system architecture for processors, not operating systems, and discover specific techniques for dealing with hardware difficulties and ...

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Making Embedded Systems: Design Patterns for Great Software

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Overview

Interested in developing embedded systems? Since they don’t tolerate inefficiency, these systems require a disciplined approach to programming. This easy-to-read guide helps you cultivate a host of good development practices, based on classic software design patterns and new patterns unique to embedded programming. Learn how to build system architecture for processors, not operating systems, and discover specific techniques for dealing with hardware difficulties and manufacturing requirements.

Written by an expert who’s created embedded systems ranging from urban surveillance and DNA scanners to children’s toys, this book is ideal for intermediate and experienced programmers, no matter what platform you use.

  • Optimize your system to reduce cost and increase performance
  • Develop an architecture that makes your software robust in resource-constrained environments
  • Explore sensors, motors, and other I/O devices
  • Do more with less: reduce RAM consumption, code space, processor cycles, and power consumption
  • Learn how to update embedded code directly in the processor
  • Discover how to implement complex mathematics on small processors
  • Understand what interviewers look for when you apply for an embedded systems job

"Making Embedded Systems is the book for a C programmer who wants to enter the fun (and lucrative) world of embedded systems. It’s very well written—entertaining, even—and filled with clear illustrations."
—Jack Ganssle, author and embedded system expert.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449320584
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 334,921
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Elecia White has worked on DNA scanners, inertial measurement units
for airplanes and race cars, toys for preschoolers, a gunshot location
system for catching criminals, and assorted other medical and consumer
devices. She is the founder of Logical Elegance, an embedded systems
consulting company based in San Jose. Elecia has developed strong
skills in signal processing, hardware integration, complex system
design, and performance. Having been through FAA and FDA certification
processes, she understands the importance of producing quality designs
and how they lead to quality implementations.


Elecia has spent several years in management roles but enjoys hands-on
engineering and the thrill of delivering excellent products. While
continuing to provide leadership and mentoring, she prefers to focus
on the technical aspects of a project. A graduate of Harvey Mudd
College in Claremont, CA, Elecia enjoys sharing her passion for
science, engineering and interesting gizmos, particularly how these
things can make the world a better place.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Creating a System Architecture

Chapter 3: Getting Your Hands on the Hardware

Chapter 4: Outputs, Inputs, and Timers

Chapter 5: Managing the Flow of Activity

Chapter 6: Communicating with Peripherals

Chapter 7: Updating Code

Chapter 8: Doing More with Less

Chapter 9: Math

Chapter 10: Reducing Power Consumption

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Great book

    This is a great introductory book on embedded system development.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    I was extremely interested in reading this book, partly because

    I was extremely interested in reading this book, partly because it falls in my area of expertise, or at least I thought from the title that it would, and partly because I frequently find gaps in my knowledge base that books like this can fill. On this second point I could not have asked for a better volume. The breadth and depth of the examples and explanations gave me a greater understanding of many of the nuances of embedded systems programming than I had to begin with. The book is well-written and very well organized, and could easily be used as a textbook.

    My only regret with the book initially was that it focuses solely on the interface between hardware and software, and does not cover embedded operating systems at all. At first I found this disappointing, and I still think some options could be discussed in an appendix, but I understand that is not the purpose of the book - and quite honestly, I learned so much from it that I can see why the author chose not to include that discussion.

    I can't emphasize enough the value of gap-filling knowledge with a book like this.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone learning embedded systems programming who needs to know why an operating system is (or isn't) a good idea for a given project or hardware solution. You should know this stuff before attempting to choose an operating system, which I think is the author's point, and it is very well made.

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