Building Embedded Systems: Programmable Hardware

  • 5h 23m
  • Changyi Gu
  • Apress
  • 2016

This is a book about developing the software and hardware you never think about. We're talking about the nitty-gritty behind the buttons on your microwave, inside your thermostat, inside the keyboard used to type this description, and even running the monitor on which you are reading it now. Such stuff is termed embedded systems, and this book shows how to design and develop embedded systems at a professional level. Because yes, many people quietly make a successful career doing just that.

Building embedded systems can be both fun and intimidating. Putting together an embedded system requires skill sets from multiple engineering disciplines, from software and hardware in particular. Building Embedded Systems is a book about helping you do things in the right way from the beginning of your first project:

  • Programmers who know software will learn what they need to know about hardware.
  • Engineers with hardware knowledge likewise will learn about the software side.

Whatever your background is, Building Embedded Systems is the perfect book to fill in any knowledge gaps and get you started in a career programming for everyday devices. Author Changyi Gu brings more than fifteen years of experience in working his way up the ladder in the field of embedded systems. He brings knowledge of numerous approaches to embedded systems design, including the System on Programmable Chips (SOPC) approach that is currently growing to dominate the field. His knowledge and experience make Building Embedded Systems an excellent book for anyone wanting to enter the field, or even just to do some embedded programming as a side project.

What You Will Learn

  • Program embedded systems at the hardware level
  • Learn current industry practices in firmware development
  • Develop practical knowledge of embedded hardware options
  • Create tight integration between software and hardware
  • Practice a work flow leading to successful outcomes
  • Build from transistor level to the system level
  • Make sound choices between performance and cost

Who This Book Is For

Building Embedded Systems: Programmable Hardware is for embedded-system engineers and intermediate electronics enthusiasts who are seeking tighter integration between software and hardware. Those who favor the System on a Programmable Chip (SOPC) approach will in particular benefit from this book. Students in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science can also benefit from this book and the real-life industry practice it provides.

About the Author

Changyi Gu has worked for multiple high tech companies across California over a 15+ year career. He is the founder of PulseRain Technology, LLC, a company that is focused on FPGA and embedded system design. He started his career in firmware development. With a deep passion in engineering, he later devoted himself to wireless hardware and programmable logic. He is therefore lucky enough to see things on both sides of the fence between software and hardware. He graduated from University of Southern California with an MS degree in VLSI. He also holds an MS degree in Communication, and a Bachelor degree in Computer Science, from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • The Whole Picture
  • Power on and Bootloader
  • Inside the CPU
  • RAM, DMA, and Interrupt
  • Bus Architecture
  • Firmware Coding in C
  • Firmware Coding in the C++ and Script Languages
  • Building and Deployment
  • Field-Programmable Gate Arrays
  • System on Programmable Chip (SOPC)
  • De-Bounce, Power Management, and Display
  • Fixed Point Math
  • Popular Ways of Console Communications—Prepare the Tools
  • Work Flow


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