Making Embedded Systems: Design Patterns for Great Software

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2011 - Computers - 310 pages

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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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Creating a System Architecture
9
Chapter 3 Getting Your Hands on the Hardware
35
Chapter 4 Outputs Inputs and Timers
75
Chapter 5 Managing the Flow of Activity
109
Chapter 6 Communicating with Peripherals
147
Chapter 7 Updating Code
197
Chapter 8 Doing More with Less
213
Chapter 9 Math
247
Chapter 10 Reducing Power Consumption
279
Index
293
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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 designsand 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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