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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 2 edition (December 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123821967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123821966
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A unique book that gives a detailed yet comprehensive introduction to every aspect of embedded systems, from architecture to system design and applications! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Embedded Systems Architecture is a practical and technical guide to understanding the components that make up an embedded system's architecture. This book is perfect for those starting out as technical professionals such as engineers, programmers and designers of embedded systems; and also for students of computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. It gives a much-needed 'big picture' for recently graduated engineers grappling with understanding the design of real-world systems for the first time, and provides professionals with a systems-level picture of the key elements that can go into an embedded design, providing a firm foundation on which to build their skills.

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I've bought this book a month ago and just read through it.
Denshi Tokaidai
An easy-to-read and well written book, I would highly recommend it to anyone who is just starting out or needs an overview of embedded systems hardware and software.
Mark Ryan
The writing in this book is really simple and clear, and things are explained very well.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ashstar on September 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wow. I have never read such a useful book explaining everything involved in understanding and designing an architecture of any embedded system. In fact, I do not think a book like this has ever been done (I am sure it has made the competition jealous, I certainly wish I could have written this type of book)

It explains all the major hardware and software components in a very organized way (where separate chapters reflect every major component and with chapters that bring it all together). The number and the quality of the diagrams are amazing!!!! The author clearly explains all the concepts using many visual diagrams, and even complex diagrams are introduced and dissected until the technical concepts within the diagrams are simplified and are clear (i.e., when the major components on the same hardware board are explained, or the major components found in a processor, ...). In fact, the hardware section is perfect for software people to get a good handle on understanding hardware, or students in EE just starting out!!!

I was also impressed that the architectural information is based on solid methodologies from credible organizations (i.e., the ABC invented by the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, IBM Rational Unified Process,...) and applies it clearly to embedded systems, which I have not seen done before all in one text. I consider it a very valuable architecture book on Embedded Systems, and would not hesitate to recommend it!
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By mrlanz on February 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read through all the 5 star reviews prior to purchasing this book. I was very disaapointed to find most of the book devoted to very basic hardware concepts. Much of this information is obtainable from sources cheaper than a $70 book. For example, the MPC7450 PPC Reference Manual is over 800 pages and is free (check out Freescale or IBM websites) - you will learn about microprocessor architecture too!. There are two chapters in the book (Chapters 1 and 11) that have a weak discussion on architecture, and after a lot of hand waving, finally refer you to some other books (see page 533) that actually discuss architecture.

So if you know nothing about hardware or were sleeping in class, you might find this book useful. I am sending it back - and next time I will read all the reviews.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reader from Saratoga on September 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I found the review by Bill Camarda of "Read Only" very helpful at [...] or just go to [...] and look up this book.

"The Barnes & Noble Review

Embedded Systems Architecture is a tour de force: a book on building embedded systems that truly deserves to be called "definitive." Tammy Noergaard starts with first principles, then systematically illuminates everything from logic circuits and computer design to C and assembly programming.

Noergaard thoroughly walks you through every stage of designing and implementing an embedded system that will work reliably -- and profitably. Whether you're reading datasheets, writing device drivers, or managing projects that transcend your area of expertise, you'll find help here.

Noergaard's career has ranged from Stanford to Berkeley, from Wind River to Sony (where she helped build some of the world's best analogue TVs). Along the way, she's picked up immense knowledge about building embedded systems and teaching others to do so. You'll benefit mightily from that knowledge. Bill Camarda, from the June 2005 Read Only"
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Satoshi Ishiguro on September 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As its title indicates, this is a comprehensive guide book that provides excellent overview of embedded system. This might have been indended for college students and inexperienced engineers, but this could be recommended even to experienced engineers. I have been an embedded software professional for more than twenty years, but I still have learned a lot from this book, or at least this book refreshed my memory. I wish I had this text book when I was a college student. Especially this book has excellent coverage of embedded software, and hardware portion is also good for software engineers. From that sense, I recommend this book to software people more than to hardware engineers. Highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on May 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Embedded systems are limited hardware/software computer systems that are part of larger systems. They are generally dedicated to a specific function, and they have higher quality and reliability requirements than personal computers (PCs) or supercomputers. Examples of such systems are digital and analog televisions, games, cameras, set-top boxes (DVD recorders, VCRs, and so on), and global positioning systems (GPSs).

Embedded systems are gaining great popularity in both academia and industry, due to increased user demand for embedded functionalities. This book seeks to provide a comprehensive guide for both engineers and programmers for designing and developing embedded systems. The book is made up of 12 chapters, divided among four sections.

Section 1 (chapters 1 and 2) introduces the book. First, a detailed description of embedded systems is given. Then, examples from the five markets into which embedded systems commonly fall are described. This section also presents a listing of market-specific standards implemented in embedded systems.

Section 2 (chapters 3 through 7) addresses the hardware layer of embedded systems. It discusses the main hardware parts of an embedded system, namely, embedded processors, board memory, input/output, and buses.

Section 3 (chapters 8 through 10) addresses the two main software layers that make an embedded system work. These are the system software layer, which includes the software aspects of device drivers like memory drivers, on-board bus drivers, and middleware, and the application software layer, which defines the function and purpose of the embedded system. A concise definition of each concept is presented and illustrated with real-world examples.
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