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Embedded Systems Fundamentals with ARM Cortex-M based Microcontrollers


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Alex Dean's new textbook is a well-written starting point for students who have experience in electronics and are now moving into microcontroller based projects. It provides students of computer/electronics engineering with a clear understanding of how an embedded processor system works, and how to understand what is happening during software debugging sessions. With its coverage of commonly used microcontroller interfaces like ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) and serial communication interfaces (e.g. UART, SPI, I2C), this book is also a valuable resource for hobbyists who are learning microcontroller applications. Joseph Yiu, Senior Embedded Technology Manager, ARM Ltd.Pundits predict hundreds of billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices will appear on the market in coming years. But who will design those products? Dr. Dean's book is the primer for IoT and embedded systems developers. Given a bit of knowledge about C, and even less about electronics, Embedded Systems Fundamentals will be your Baedeker to building embedded/IoT systems. Based on the hugely-popular Cortex M0+ processor, the book teaches about uniquely embedded subjects, like concurrency, analog and digital interfacing, communications, and much, much more. The illustrations dramatically get the ideas across. This is the book I will now recommend for beginners and practitioners alike. Highly recommended. Jack Ganssle, consultant, Ganssle.com Alex has seen the real world of embedded system design as few other professors have, and gotten his hands dirty building real stuff. This book reflects that experience. It does an admirable job of covering the embedded computing design space, balancing the opposing forces of hardware vs. software, depth vs. breadth, and performance vs. constraints. The book uses the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, which has a nice selection of peripherals while still giving the feel of a resource-constrained embedded system. Beyond that, the examples have a strong dose of Alex's experience working in industry, and deal with many of the practical issues that arise in real products. Professor Phil Koopman, Carnegie Mellon University Alex Dean's Embedded Systems Fundamentals is a must-have book for every embedded engineer. It provides a seldom-seen balance among the disciplines of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. It moves far beyond the academic instructional space to include many real-world examples, and thought-provoking exercises of essential embedded systems technologies and tools. The book also balances the many constraints present in the embedded product space including speed, cost, flexibility, and robustness. I intend to keep an extra copy at all times to pass on to my colleagues within Emerson. William J. Trosky, Vice President Emerson Software Center of Excellence, Emerson Electric, Inc.

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