- Series: Tab Electronics Technician Library
- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 1 edition (January 7, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071341927
- ISBN-13: 978-0071341929
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,976,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Programming and Customizing the 8051 Microcontroller (Tab Electronics Technician Library) 1st Edition
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For work or fun--projects, exercises, and insights of the world's most popular microcontroller. Over 30 experiments and 13 complete projects demonstrate 8051 capabilities. CD-ROM gives you all the software you need to begin developing 8051 applications. A volume in TAB's hit Microcontroller Series. This tutorial/disk package is unique in providing you with a complete understanding of the 8051 chip compatibles along with all the information needed to design and debug tailor-made applications using. Programming & Customizing the 8051 Microcontroller details the features of the 8051 and demonstrates how to use these embedded chips to access and control many different devices. This book shows you what happens within the 8051 when an instruction is executed, and it demonstrates how to interface 8051's with external devices. Giving you a wide range of experiments and exercises that provide hands-on experience with the 8051, this book also features: clear explanations of how the devices are electronically programmed, along with a design for Atmel 2010 microcontroller programmer that you build; tools for developing 8051 applications; two sample 8051 real time operating systems; help in programming both assembly language and high-level applications; tips to make code development and debugging easier. In addition, extensive appendices give you even more resources for help in developing and debugging 8051 applications, as well as expert tips on avoiding typical application problems.
About the Author
Myke Predko is an advisory engineer working on Intel server products test for Celestica in Toronto, Canada. He has worked as a test engineer, product engineer, manufacturing manager and new products introduction engineer as well as having been awarded four patents in the fields of processor design and product test.
Mr. Predko is author of nine technical books including Programming and Customizing the PICmicro(R) Microcontroller, 2/e and PICmicro(R) Microcontroller Pocket Reference, two comprehensive guides to the device covered by this book along with Programming and Customizing the 8081 Microcontroller; The Handbook of Microcontrollers; PC Ph.D.; and PC Interfacing Pocket Reference.
His interests include robotics and he was one of the designers for the TAB Electronics Build Your Own Robot Kit. Mr. Predko currently lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter and two Siberian huskies.
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In this book, it is not much explanation on the hardware features. Being able to connect to external memory is one of the biggest strength of 8051. Surprisingly, the author failed to eleborate on it. His book on PIC is a great book. However, I think he treats 8051 as PIC, which is not the objective of the 8051 book. The projects included in this book are more like PIC project, where small memory, I/O circuit is needed.
However, the programming portion in this book gives rather simple and not bad explanation to assembly language beginner like me. I think that is the only useful part in this book.
On top of that, and particularly painful, was a hilarious misunderstanding of the history of the von Neumann architecture for computers, about which he apparently has only a smattering of confused hearsay---possibly a dimly remembered class. He has it begin in a competition between Harvard and Princeton Universities (actually Princeton University had absolutely nothing to do with it, nor did Harvard) to improve naval artillery (pure fiction), a project of which a man named von Neumann was chief scientist. In fact (I was there) von Neumann was one of the world's greatest mathematicians (not a functionary running a minor Navy program), the project was at the Institute for Advanced Study (which is housed in the town of Princeton, but has nothing to do with the University), and the work there was aimed at weather forecasting. I won't even touch his confusion about the architecture itself. None of this disqualifies him as an 8051 guru, but it sure does detract from his credibility. I found I just couldn't go on.
The author has taken time to ensure that all of the items necessary to get your first 8051 project up & running are included. For example, there is a circuit which shows how to make up simple power supply unit for an 8051 and details of how to reliably reset the device.
I especially liked the fact that the popular I2C and CAN busses were covered and that an example of a simple Real Time Op System was built up from first principles.
The appendix lists many contact points where a reader can find out more about the 8051, some frequently used software routines, a discussion of the popular simmstick format and other handy resources.
The accompanying CD ROM containes a demo copy of the popular UMPS assembler/debug environment as well as data sheets for many of the devices used in the book.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who has thought about using a microcontroller device, but hasn't had the necessary hardware and/or software know-how to get started. It would also be a good reference volume and source of new ideas for existing 8051 users.
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