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The Microcontroller Idea Book: Circuits, Programs & Applications Featuring the 8052-BASIC Single-Chip Computer Paperback – October 1, 1994

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From Scientific American

...an ideal introduction to low-end embedded design....Axelson takes the reader from essentially no knowledge of programming through Basic while offering lots of insight into the design of simple embedded systems....The next time I hire new CS or EE graduates, I plan to have them work through both Bebop [to the Boolean Boogie] and The Microcontroller Idea Book. A week spent soaking up these practical concepts will help ground them in reality and balance the four years of theory still ringing in their ears.

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....The real gold in the book is the collection of input/output circuits that show you how to connect to the outside world and have it all work properly. The writing is a model of clarity and conciseness. Once you know how these things work, you can use them cookbook-style. -- PC Magazine, 5/28/96
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Lakeview Research (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965081907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965081900
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,670,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write books for developers who use USB, serial ports, and other interfaces in their projects.

For tips, tutorials, example code, and more, visit my website, janaxelson.com

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By A Customer on June 12, 1999
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This book made my project possible. All of the information that I needed on Microcontrollers was in this book. It even has a list of companies that supply the hardware that she discusses. When I started my project, I believed that I would have a hard time finding information. To my surprise it was all in one book :)
If you are working with Microcontrollers, this book is a necessity!
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Although the 8052 processor is very outdated, it still can be used to control many things in this ever-so-hi-tech-world. The 8052 proves to be a very affordable microcontroller, rather than buying a full blown computer or PC104-based computer. This book is very introductory, but it does assume you know basic electronics. The 8052 is no where near as complex as an FPGA, but the programming rituals can prepare you before you learn the basics of programming the FPGA(theory and your thinking of logic). The experience gained by playing around with the 8052 sure gave me the important thinking processes needed for other design projects at work.
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Jan has done an exceptional job putting together this book. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in microcontroller technology. This book includes many examples of Interface & Control techniques/circuits.
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Embedded applications are increasing by the day. Many new areas are being explored. This book really makes things easier and it encourages to undertake good projects which could later be very useful in everyday applications. Full of ideas and suggestions. Although the microcontroller 8051/8052 is considered as outdated, this book is a good start. Once the basic techniques for the same are grasped switching over to other newer controller chips will be a cakewalk.
This book (along with other similar titles by author) bridges the gap betwwen academic persuit and real life applications. For every idea discussed, an innovative student can think of say 3 more new ideas. This is not just a book that gives a few projects, which you do and that's the end of the story. It allows you to evolve new ideas and enough grounding is provided such that you can implement the same with confidence and 100% success rate.
-For students in this field this book is a must.
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This is the best book based on the 8052-BASIC chip, and is a must have for anyone (hobbyist or professional) who is the planning on work with the 8051 or another microcontroller. Believe me this book is the good first step.
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