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IrDA Principles and Protocols: The IrDA Library, Vol. 1 Paperback – May, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: MCL Press (May 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0975389203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975389201
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles D. Knutson is Director of the Mobile Computing Lab and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He served as the Chair of the Test and Interoperability Committee of the Infrared Data Association for several years, and is currently a member of the IrDA Architecture Council. Dr. Knutson holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Oregon State University plus B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from BYU. He has held engineering and management positions at corporations including Hewlett-Packard, Novell, Extended Systems, and Counterpoint Systems Foundry. Dr. Knutson is a popular speaker at the annual Embedded Systems Conference. His articles have appeared in Portable Design Magazine, Communication Systems Design, Embedded Systems Programming, Byte, PC Computing, InfoWorld, and other industry and academic publications.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Working Engineer on March 11, 2005
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If you expect to have the knowlege you need to program an IrDA stack for your device after reading this book, you are sadly out of luck. Having had many years of difficult experiences with IrDA I was eagerly anticipating this book, but was seriously disappointed. IrDA is a great, inexpensive, relatively secure protocol that should be in many more devices than it is - but sadly this book will do little to change that.

This, the first book on this subject, is more of a lightweight overview than the down and dirty technical treatise that is needed to assist developers who are trying to implement an IrDA stack. IrDA implementation has always been problematic because of the poorly written specifications and idiosyncratic implementations, and while a good book has been needed for a long time, this isn't the book. It just doesn't cover the subject in sufficient detail.

Some background - one should be amazed that for a technology that has been around for almost ten years this is the first book written about it - that is until you realize the people who make money off it have an interest in keeping the technology somewhat inaccessible. Sadly, this approach has hurt the acceptance of IrDA. If you look around you will see that other popular communication/connectivity protocols have an abundance of books written about them - Serial, Parallel, USB, Ethernet, just to name a few; and within these books you have the tools to complete an implementation, including CD's with sample code. You won't find that here; it just doesn't exist for IrDA.

So unfortunately for developers new to IrDA the secrets of implementing IrDA protocols are still safe with the software foundries that comprise the IrDA association. At under 200 pages this book is a true lightweight for this genre.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Swann on January 24, 2005
I bought this as a S/W engineer implementing an IrDA stack

Not much content is allocated to the inner workings of a IrDA stack.

Excessive content is spent on the IrDA physical layer which, to a large extent, is dictated by commercial IrDA compliant LEDs.

What is missing are message sequence charts and explanations for the typical establishment of a IrLMP/IrTTY connection.

Also, what would be useful is a real stack dump with notes of which fields are changed as the connection is established.

Fine to begin with but after analysing a real stack dump you are quickly taken past what is offered.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Stuart on September 16, 2004
This book is an excellent introduction to what IrDA is, and how it works. Instead of wading through the specification documents, learn about the powerful capability of IrDA and how it is structured.

This book is an excellent refresh for anyone who has been around IrDA and would like to stay current or brush up on the topic. I have been around IrDA specifications and use models from the beginning, and found this book to be a great resource for explaining the topic to others. Plus, I learned a few things that perhaps I thought I already knew.

Straightforward and easy to read, this book is very accessible to a wide variety of readers.

Any engineer or manager with an IrDA port in their product should have a copy of this book on their bookshelf.

Now I am waiting to add Volume 2 to my Library.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Mcnamara on September 30, 2004
"IrDA Principles and Protocols" by Charles Knutson is the ultimate guide to A) Understanding the background of IRDA B)The architecture of IrDA C)The methodology necssary in building an IrDA stack D) Helps determine if the effort and resources involved, would result in a better ROI by internally developing IrDA, or licensing an IrDA stack.

This easily read text, should be a starting point for anyone who is investigating implementing short range wireless IrDA into a product. The comprehensive nature of the material is well structured and not just an academic exercise. It is written for developers who are investigating real design parameters and decisions. This quick read gives practical guidance and a solid foundation to making development decisions.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan W. Woodings on October 18, 2004
It seems that every year a new short range wireless technology is invented that will mark an end to the "lowly" IrDA transceiver that allows people to "beam" business cards, games, and calendar events between PDAs. Today's gadgets come equipped with Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth for "high speed" data transfer, and yet IrDA is still standard on all laptops and PDAs, because it continues to do what it does better than any other wireless technology on the market.

In "IrDA Principles and Protocols" Charles Knutson explores the history and goals of IrDA, followed by a clear and concise overview of the IrDA protocol layers. Knutson explains why IrDA is so good at what it does without getting bogged down in the gory details. This book is a must-read for anyone who thinks that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will "kill" IrDA.
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