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Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design: Applying the ARM mbed [Paperback]

by Rob Toulson, Tim Wilmshurst
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August 20, 2012 0080977685 978-0080977683 1
  • A hands-on introduction to the field of embedded systems;
  • A focus on fast prototyping of embedded systems;
  • All key embedded system concepts covered through simple and effective experimentation;
  • An understanding of ARM technology, one of the world's leaders;
  • A practical introduction to embedded C;
  • Applies possibly the most accessible set of tools available in the embedded world.

 This book is an introduction to embedded systems design, using the ARM mbed and C programming language as development tools.

The mbed provides a compact, self-contained and low-cost hardware core, and the on-line compiler requires no download or installation, being accessible wherever an internet link exists. The book further combines these with a simple "breadboard" approach, whereby simple circuits are built up around the mbed, with no soldering or pcb assembly required.

The book adopts a "learning through doing" approach. Each chapter is based around a major topic in embedded systems. The chapter proceeds as a series of practical experiments; the reader sets up a simple hardware system, develops and downloads a simple program, and immediately observes and tests the outcomes. The book then reflects on the experimental results, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the technology or technique introduced, explores how precise the link is between theory and practice, and considers applications and the wider context.

    • The only book that explains how to use ARM's mbed development toolkit to help the speedy and easy development of embedded systems.
    • Teaches embedded systems core principles in the context of developing quick applications, making embedded systems development an easy task for the non specialist who does not have a deep knowledge of electronics or software
    • All key concepts are covered through simple and effective experimentation


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    "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

    From the Back Cover

    • A hands-on introduction to the field of embedded systems;
    • A focus on fast prototyping of embedded systems;
    • All key embedded system concepts covered through simple and effective experimentation;
    • An understanding of ARM technology, one of the world's leaders;
    • A practical introduction to embedded C;
    • Applies possibly the most accessible set of tools available in the embedded world.

    This book is an introduction to embedded systems design, using the ARM mbed and C programming language as development tools.

    The mbed provides a compact, self-contained and low-cost hardware core, and the on-line compiler requires no download or installation, being accessible wherever an internet link exists. The book further combines these with a simple "breadboard" approach, whereby simple circuits are built up around the mbed, with no soldering or pcb assembly required.

    The book adopts a "learning through doing" approach. Each chapter is based around a major topic in embedded systems. The chapter proceeds as a series of practical experiments; the reader sets up a simple hardware system, develops and downloads a simple program, and immediately observes and tests the outcomes. The book then reflects on the experimental results, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the technology or technique introduced, explores how precise the link is between theory and practice, and considers applications and the wider context.


    Product Details

    • Paperback: 400 pages
    • Publisher: Newnes; 1 edition (August 20, 2012)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0080977685
    • ISBN-13: 978-0080977683
    • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars for begginners May 17, 2013
    By peluk
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    This book is meant for a high-school student who wants to build some interesting and cool projects. If you are experienced in C programming and want to start learning about embedded systems and ARM, I don't think this is a good book. It assumes you know absolutely nothing about C. It explains 'in detail' concepts such as a=a+1 is equivalent to a++. For every code example or project it uses the mbed library, which basically does everything for you. There is only one chapter at the end of the book where the author doesn't use the mded library, and flashes an LED by accessing the controller GPIOs. That was to me the only chapter I learned something from. But I was hoping to learn something else than flashing an LED. The projects in the book are really easy to implement and they work great. But from my point of view you learn nothing from them, because everything is done under the hood in the mbed library.
    If you want to work on fun projects without caring about the theory and details behind, this is a good book. But if you want to learn ARM or embedded programming, you may want to try with other books such as Valvano's books on ARM Cortex microcontrollers (those books do not use the mbed libraries and are much more advanced).
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    5.0 out of 5 stars CLEAR EXPLANATIONS AND FUN TO READ June 1, 2013
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    Although I have done some programming in other languages, I had no background in C. This book makes it easy to create embedded systems from the ground up. To work the many examples and exercises in the book, I acquired the mbed - LPC1768 Development Board from Amazon. Also, because I wanted Bluetooth communication, to which the book devotes a few pages, I bought the Roving Networks RN42 module (RN42XVP-I/RM) at Mouser. This book really makes it easy for beginners to get projects running by supplying the needed code at each step. Moreover, you don't need to copy code from the pages, much of it is available for download on the web. Code for later chapters that hadn't been put on the author's website yet was provided to me by one of the authors a day after my email request. The facility to contact the authors with questions was a surprise and is a decided plus. I enjoyed the clear writing style and the fact that the authors teach embedded design and programming starting at basics.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview October 13, 2013
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    The reviews of this book which complained about it being too basic made me hesitant to purchase, but I'm really glad that i picked this one up. This is a broad overview of the MBED platform and its capabilities. While it does not dive terribly deep, it does do a respectable job of covering the platform. I've got many years of experience with many different microcontroller platforms (including AVR, PIC, PSoC, MSP430, STM, ColdFire, and 8051) and still got a lot out of this text. I find the claim that this is high-school level material to be patently false. Don't expect low-level coverage of the ARM platform - there are other resources that dive deep in that regard - but IMHO this is an respectable overview of the platform's capabilities, especially within the context of the MBED framework.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Quick prototype your design July 11, 2013
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    At this point I have only looked through the book, but I believe it will do as advertised
    And speed up prototyping your design.
    It is a good way to change over to the ARM cortex 3 processor. You will need other books
    With more detail on how the chip works.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand, but not duh level. February 26, 2013
    By robonk
    Format:Paperback
    I've been looking for more info and/or examples for my mbed. Not being an experienced programmer by any means, I was looking for something to supplement the info on the mbed website. I've only had the book for a few days, however the level of explanation seems just right, not assuming too much and not explaining what a resistor is. My background is consumer audio electronics. I would recommend to anyone looking for a little more detail than the high gloss on the mbed website. I also bought the ARM Microcontrollers by Bert van Dam, which is also good, but very much project specific. In other words, mainly contains info related to the projects covered only.
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