Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design

Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design, 1st Edition

Applying the ARM mbed

Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design, 1st Edition,Rob Toulson,Tim Wilmshurst,ISBN9780080977683



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Understand the complete cycle of embedded software development, from initial concepts to applications to future trends

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Key Features

    • A hands-on introduction to the field of embedded systems, with a focus on fast prototyping
    • Key embedded system concepts covered through simple and effective experimentation
    • Amazing breadth of coverage, from simple digital i/o, to advanced networking and control
    • Applies the most accessible tools available in the embedded world
    • Supported by mbed and book web sites, containing FAQs and all code examples
    • Deep insights into ARM technology, and aspects of microcontroller architecture
    • Instructor support available, including power point slides, and solutions to questions and exercises


    Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design is a fast-moving introduction to embedded system design, applying the innovative ARM mbed and its web-based development environment. Each chapter introduces a major topic in embedded systems, and proceeds as a series of practical experiments, adopting a "learning through doing" strategy. Minimal background knowledge is needed. C/C++ programming is applied, with a step-by-step approach which allows the novice to get coding quickly. Once the basics are covered, the book progresses to some "hot" embedded issues – intelligent instrumentation, networked systems, closed loop control, and digital signal processing.

    Written by two experts in the field, this book reflects on the experimental results, develops and matches theory to practice, evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the technology or technique introduced, and considers applications and the wider context. Numerous exercises and end of chapter questions are included.


    Embedded systems engineers, undergraduates and graduates developing embedded applications

    Rob Toulson

    Rob Toulson is Professor of Creative Industries at the University of Westminster. He holds a PhD in the field of digital signal processing (awarded by Anglia Ruskin University in 2004) and a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University (1999). Rob has a number of year’s industrial experience in digital signal analysis, control systems design, rapid prototyping, and model based design, as well as commercial experience in sound engineering and music production. His main focus is now in developing collaborative research between the technical and creative industries.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor of Creative Industries at the University of Westminster, London, UK.

    Tim Wilmshurst

    Tim Wilmshurst is the author of Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers. He has been designing embedded systems since the early days of microcontrollers. For many years this was for Cambridge University, where he led a development team building original systems for research applications - for example in measurement of bullet speed, wind tunnel control, simulated earthquakes, or seeking a cure to snoring. Now he is Head of Electronic Systems at the University of Derby, where he aims to share his love of engineering design with his students.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Head of Electronics, University of Derby, UK

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    Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design, 1st Edition

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    PART I: Essentials of Embedded Systems, using the mbed

    Chapter 1. Embedded Systems, Microcontrollers and ARM

    1.1 Introducing Embedded Systems

    1.2 Microprocessors and Microcontrollers

    1.3 Development Processes in Embedded Systems

    1.4 The World of ARM

    Chapter Review



    Chapter 2. Introducing the mbed

    2.1 Introducing the mbed

    2.2 Getting Started with the mbed: A Tutorial

    2.3 The Development Environment

    Chapter Review



    Chapter 3. Digital Input and Output

    3.1 Starting to Program

    3.2 Voltages as Logic Values

    3.3 Digital Output on the mbed

    3.4 Using Digital Inputs

    3.5 Interfacing Simple Opto Devices

    3.6 Switching Larger DC Loads

    3.7 Mini-Project: Letter Counter

    Chapter Review



    Chapter 4. Analog Output

    4.1 Introducing Data Conversion

    4.2 Analog Outputs on the mbed

    4.3 Another Form of Analog Output: Pulse Width Modulation

    4.4 Pulse Width Modulation on the mbed

    Chapter Review



    Chapter 5. Analog Input

    5.1 Analog-to-Digital Conversion

    5.2 Combining Analog Input and Output

    5.3 Processing Data from Analog Inputs

    5.4 Some Simple Analog Sensors

    5.5 Exploring Data Conversion Timing

    5.6 Mini-Project: Two-Dimensional Light Tracking

    Chapter Review



    Chapter 6. Further Programming Techniques

    6.1 The Benefits of Considered Program Design and Structure

    6.2 Functions

    6.3 Program Design

    6.4 Working with Functions on the mbed

    6.5 Using Multiple Files in C/C++

    6.6 Modular Program Example

    Chapter Review


    Chapter 7. Starting with Serial Communication

    7.1 Introducing Synchronous Serial Communication

    7.2 Serial Peripheral Interface

    7.3 Intelligent Instrumentation and a SPI Accelerometer

    7.4 Evaluating SPI

    7.5 The Inter-Integrated Circuit Bus

    7.6 Communicating with an I2C Temperature Sensor

    7.7 Using the SRF08 Ultrasonic Range Finder

    7.8 Evaluating I2C

    7.9 Asynchronous Serial Data Communication

    7.10 Mini-Project: Multi-Node I2C Bus

    Chapter Review



    Chapter 8. Liquid Crystal Displays

    8.1 Display Technologies

    8.2 Using the PC1602F LCD

    8.3 Using the mbed TextLCD Library

    8.4 Displaying Analog Input Data on the LCD

    8.5 More Advanced LCDs

    8.6 Mini-Project: Digital Spirit Level

    Chapter Review



    Chapter 9. Interrupts, Timers and Tasks

    9.1 Time and Tasks in Embedded Systems

    9.2 Responding to Event-Triggered Events

    9.3 Simple Interrupts on the mbed

    9.4 Getting Deeper into Interrupts

    9.5 An Introduction to Timers

    9.6 Using the mbed Timer

    9.7 Using the mbed Timeout

    9.8 Using the mbed Ticker

    9.9 The Real Time Clock

    9.10 Switch Debouncing

    9.11 Mini-Projects

    Chapter Review


    Chapter 10. Memory and Data Management

    10.1 A Memory Review

    10.2 Using Data Files with the mbed

    10.3 Example mbed Data File Access

    10.4 Using External Memory with the mbed

    10.5 Introducing Pointers

    10.6 Mini-Project: Accelerometer Data Logging on Exceeding Threshold

    Chapter Review



    PART II: Moving to Advanced and Specialist Applications

    Chapter 11. An Introduction to Digital Signal Processing

    11.1 What is a Digital Signal Processor?

    11.2 Digital Filtering Example

    11.3 An mbed DSP Example

    11.4 Delay/Echo Effect

    11.5 Working with Wave Audio Files

    11.6 Summary on DSP

    11.7 Mini-Project: Stereo Wave Player

    Chapter Review



    Chapter 12. Advanced Serial Communications

    12.1 Introducing Advanced Serial Communication Protocols

    12.2 Bluetooth Serial Communication

    12.3 Introducing USB

    12.4 Introducing Ethernet

    12.5 Local Network and Internet Communications with the mbed

    Chapter Review



    Chapter 13. An Introduction to Control Systems

    13.1 Control Systems

    13.2 Closed Loop Digital Compass Example

    13.3 Communicating Control Data over the Controller Area Network

    Chapter Review



    Chapter 14. Letting Go of the mbed Libraries

    14.1 Introduction

    14.2 Control Register Concepts

    14.3 Digital Input/Output

    14.4 Getting Deeper into the Control Registers

    14.5 Using the DAC

    14.6 Using the ADC

    14.7 A Conclusion on using the Control Registers

    Chapter Review



    Chapter 15. Extension Projects

    15.1 Where do We Go from Here?

    15.2 Pololu Robot for mbed

    15.3 Advanced Audio Projects

    15.4 The Internet of Things

    15.5 Introducing the mbed LPC11U24

    15.6 From mbed to Manufacture

    15.7 Closing Thoughts


    APPENDIX A: Some Number Systems

    APPENDIX B: Some C Essentials

    APPENDIX C: mbed Technical Data

    APPENDIX D: Parts List

    APPENDIX E: The Tera Term Terminal Emulator


    Quotes and reviews

    "The authors address a wide range of topics, including digital and analog input and output, interrupts, LCDs, and digital signal processing. The book provides deep insights into computer architecture, memory management, and input/output processes…Overall, this is a great book for computer hobbyists, embedded systems engineers, and students."--ComputingReviews.com, October 28, 2013
    "Toulson…and Wilmshurst…explain how to program circuits on ARM's mbed microprocessor-based hardware platform and provide instructions for building a digital-to-analog converter, serial data links, and a liquid crystal display."--Reference and Research Book News, February 2013

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