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Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers, Second Edition: Principles and Applications Paperback – December 3, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1856177504 ISBN-10: 1856177505 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 750 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 2 edition (December 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856177505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856177504
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Very readable book.
Andri
This book will fill gaps in what you know about the PIC, or what you think you know about the PIC.
Amazon Customer
I have skimmed through the book a few times and have added it to my list of books to read.
Mark1968

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark Mccrea on March 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I think this is a terrific book ,for anyone trying to get up to speed with Pic's.
It makes programming with Assembler and C an achievable goal for most people.
I worked my way through this book from start to finish and enjoyed every page.
I built the the ping-pong and Derbot which helped me gain a better understanding of the code and the chips.
I found the introduction to MPLAB IDE to be of great value to me as debugging doesn't really change through the range of Pic,s.
The book takes you from a small Pic 16f84a all the way up to 18xxxx Pic,s.By the time you are done with these there,s a nice overview of whats next.
I am now on De Jasio's Pic32 book,and It was not such a giant leap to get going with these pics as I am now pretty familiar with MPLAB and the basic Pic mindset.
In my opinion it is a good beginners course, after which you can complete your project or start the next level with confidence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
This the 2010 edition. It is thick but readable. He really knows his stuff and the book is written around a real-life project, the little derbot robot.

He covers every major topic and also gives an execellent course on C, using Microchip's own C18 compiler (free!) and the 18 series.

Complaints? He starts using the PICSTART serial port programmer. This is not a good idea because desktop PCs have not had a serial port for about 5 years, and laptops never had one. He also uses the PICkit2 when the PICkit3 has been available for about 3 years. His treatment is sometimes too brief, eg on programming LCDs.

I give him 5 stars because it is a readable, useful and comprehensive book; an almost extinct species
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jocko on November 19, 2012
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This book is a thorough guide on starting to use assembler and then C to design embedded systems on PIC uCs.
It is a no-nonsense reference that cuts to the chase. I have been using assembler for 10 years and still found the assembler portion of the book very informative. The reason I purchased the book however is to start moving over to C. For this too, the book is really helpful and explains all the things I previously didn't understand (and typically ignored) when it comes to header files, object files, libraries, compilers, linkers, RTOS etc. Congratulations to Tim Wilmshurst on an excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2013
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Wow! This is the book for the person who wants to know it all. Forget about the nonsense talk about the book containing assembler, or C programming examples. Even if you intend to use Melabs Pic Basic, or Pic Basic Pro, it is of immense help, if not a strict requirement, to understand how the chips actually work. This book will fill gaps in what you know about the PIC, or what you think you know about the PIC.
True, you can use MeLabs Pic Basic and do some wonderful things with minimal knowledge of the PIC. However, if your goals are lofty, as in building robots, or any complex task, you will love what this book can teach you.
The book does not skip on anything. Did you ever read a book and have questions on what you read? That will not happen with this book, it goes into great detail to explain the concepts, and how they apply to a PIC. The best PIC programmers do know something about assembler. This does not mean they write their projects in assembler, but some routines are best written in assembler for speed, and compactness.
True, the book has a lot of drawings taken directly from the PIC application notes, but what they didn't tell you was that the author ads his own notes to point out some things that may not be so obvious. The author shows the notes, then there are notes to explain it all. Is there a better way to learn? NO, there isn't. You will be told to use the application notes for whatever PIC you intend to work with, so what could be better than knowing how to read them ,and understand them? Every book I have read, or glanced through all said the same thing, "Get the app notes on the PIC you are working with first."
The programming examples can only help in giving the reader a greater understanding.
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By Andri on March 29, 2014
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Very readable book. As a teacher I appreciate the readability of the book. I'm teaching this book in a undergraduate course in electrical engineering. This book describes the concepts of a embedded system with the PIC microcontrollers as main weapon.

I'll throw down the verdict:

+1 Very readable
+1 Depth and knowledge of material
+1 Direct and focused

-1 Lack of code examples
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This book is outstanding! Just how outstanding it is, is difficult to appreciate until you've read other books in the genre. Extremely well organized with excellent explanations. This book is an enjoyable read, neither being tediously academic nor hobby-level shallow. In a shelf full of books on embedded design I cannot find another book which manages to find a starting point that is easily grasped, then grow it without a multitude of sidebars trying to 'pre-explain' pre-requisites.

I don't really believe that you can be a good embedded programmer without understanding the hardware, but many books try. This is not one of them. Much of the book uses assembly language, which helps the reader develop an understanding of the 'metal', but this may be off-putting to some.

This is an introductory book, and not for the practicing embedded systems designer, but as such I know of no equal to it. Now if only the author would create an AVR-based book to capitalize on their current popularity!
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