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Programming and Customizing the HC11 Microcontroller Multimedia CD – December 21, 1999

ISBN-13: 063-9785315551 ISBN-10: 0071344063 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Programming and Customizing Series
  • CD-ROM: 268 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 1 edition (December 21, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071344063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071344067
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Tom Fox (Grand Rapids, MI) has been actively researching and designing electronic circuits for over 25 years. He runs a small electronics store and is a frequent contributor to Popular Electronics, Electronics Now, and other hobbyist magazines. His articles typically deal with various applications of Microcontrollers and microprocessors such as his 5 part series on the HC11 in Computer Craft magazine.

More About the Author

I have always been a contraption fiend, at least ever since I made my first one when I was around 11. It was an electric buzzer that I got the idea for from the World Book encyclopedia. I was simply amazed by how the knife (which is one part I used to make it) vibrated back and forth continually when the battery was connected. I was hooked on contraptions at that instant and have been designing and making them ever since! If a kid is hooked on making contraptions what do you think he will want to do in later life? Of course become an engineer and design more contraptions! And I did just this! I received my Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and, with the help from a NSF Fellowship, also got my Master's in Electrical Engineering from the same college. The first contraption I designed that appeared in publication was a Thunderstorm Alert gadget which received a front cover position in the September 1973 issue of Popular Electronics. This was the first of a long list of articles which appeared in nearly every general interest electronics related magazine around. And back in the 70s and 80s there were a lot of them! However, once you get the writing bug it grows on you so my writing life wasn't limited to contraptions. I also wrote for a multitude of magazines including Boys' Life, Organic Gardening, Michigan Out of Doors, Flower and Garden, Mother Earth news, Back Home, National Gardening and others. I also wrote two other books: Unique Electronic Weather Projects and Programming and Customizing the HC11 Microcontroller. I am now writing a column for both Boys' Quest and Fun For Kidz magazines. What type of column? You guessed it! A Workshop Column!

Since one gets really, really hungry putting together contraptions, I had to have a place where I could grow luscious food like fresh sweet corn and tree ripened peaches. So one could say it was my stomach talking that got me into the fresh fruit and vegetable business. You see, my family and myself , operate Magicland Farms Roadside Farm Market where we only sell what we grow ourselves. Who are in my family? My wife and six of my kids. What do I do on the farm? Well I use a bunch of contraptions like tractors, planters, harrows, cultivators, plows and on and on!

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James T. McKenna on February 11, 2000
Format: CD-ROM
Tom Fox's book takes you on a grand tour of the 68HC11 microcontroller. He begins with the simplest idea of what a computer is and ends with several applications of this particular family of microcontrollers. This is not your PC that is being examined here, but rather a single chip computer (well OK, most applications will probably require a few additional ones). The 68HC11 family is one of the latest of Motorola's line of microcontrollers that started with the 6800 about 25 years ago.
You don't need to be an engineer or technician to tackle this book, but you will need some basic background. To build one of the project boards some printed circuit board soldering and component identification skills are required. This is not a Heathkit, with detailed, illustrated assembly instructions. However the author does provide some insight and well thought out testing procedures.
What makes any computer useful are the software programs. The author provides the ones needed for the exercises and applications that are in the book, but the point is to have the reader come up with the ones needed for other applications. These programs are written in assembly language, which is much simpler than it sounds. The Author explains the fundamentals of this language and details of the instuction set (the commands the 68HC11 can execute). Anyone who has written simple BASIC language programs should have no problem.
The book and accompanying CD ROM have some of the supporting documentation and the author gives a lot of information on how to obtain more. Searching the Internet for additional information can be a great learning experience in itself.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in applying microcontrollers to solve control problems.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Myke Predko on February 10, 2000
Format: CD-ROM
Tom Fox has created a project orientated book to introduce you to the Motorola 68HC11, the HC11's history and environment as well as using it in applications. The ten projects included in the book will guide you through the HC11 in such a way as you will have the knowledge and confidence with the microcontroller to develop your own applications.
What impressed me the most about the book was Tom's knowledge and outlining the different features and tools developed over the years for the HC11. This book has a very wide range of information for different products and tools needed to work efficiently with the HC11.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JOHN P DELANEY on December 20, 2000
Format: CD-ROM
Just got the book and have spent about an hour with it and I am very pleased so far. First of all you don't have to buy the author's PC boards. There is ample information to create the same circuits with wire wrap. Traces are given that should allow you to make your own boards or have them made. Apendix E give tips on making your own PC boards too. Not too much rocket science there, but some. There are also examples of an HC11 controller circuit on a bread board. I was looking for a book to jump start me on building an HC11 controller and this looks like it will do the job nicely.FYI - I am not any kind of electronics guru either. I like learning by total immersion and this book appears to fit my style. I can't wait to get all the parts and get going. Later - jd
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil W. Fisk on May 3, 2004
Format: CD-ROM
Even though this book has a small audience of people that may be interested in creating appplications with the Motorola 68HC11, this text is outdated.If your interested in learning about the 68HC11, you should turn to another author to start with,because if you do decide to build the MAG-11,you will be required to make modifications to the PCB layout to handle the newer PLCC 52 pin package, which leaves me to believe that this is better left to a much more knowledgable person in Electronics Engineering.
The author does explain how to implement easy to use applications if you already own the EVBU board from Motorola, then you could easy be on your way, however I found that the address mapping in memory refers to the MAG-11,but neverless it does have valuable information to help you if your willing to spend time learning on your own.The Motorola Assembly is huge with a very large instruction set, in comparison to the Microchip assembly used in MPLAB. In general, the transistion is much easier to learn after gaining some experience with the Microchip controllers. This book makes a good reference, but I would not advise anyone to use this text, if you don't have a good solid background in Electronics Engineering.Overall the information is pretty good, but the technical aspects of it keep the general audience fairly small, and I wish I had looked to another author to start out with.
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