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The art of designing embedded systems
Ganssle, Jack G.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Newnes, [2000]

Physical Description:
245 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TK7895.E42 G36 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Art of Designing Embedded Systems is apart primer and part reference, aimed at practicing embedded engineers, whether working on the code or the hardware design. Embedded systems suffer from a chaotic, ad hoc development process. This books lays out a very simple seven-step plan to get firmware development under control. There are no formal methodologies to master; the ideas are immediately useful. Most designers are unaware that code complexity grows faster than code size. This book shows a number of ways to linearize the complexity/size curve and get products out faster. Ganssle shows ways to get better code and hardware designs by integrating hardware and software design. He also covers troubleshooting, real time and performance issues, relations with bosses and coworkers, and tips for building an environment for creative work.

Get better systems out faster, using the practical ideas discussed in Art of Designing Embedded Systems. Whether you're working with hardware or software, this book offers a unique philosophy of development guaranteed to keep you interested and learning.

Author Notes

Jack Ganssle is the Principal Consultant of The Ganssle Group, an independent consulting firm for embedded applications. a contributing editor for EDN

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 Disciplined Developmentp. 5
Chapter 3 Stop Writing Big Programs!p. 35
Chapter 4 Real Time Means Right Nowp. 53
Chapter 5 Firmware Musingsp. 87
Chapter 6 Hardware Musingsp. 109
Chapter 7 Troubleshooting Toolsp. 133
Chapter 8 Troubleshootingp. 165
Chapter 9 People Musingsp. 187
Appendix A A Firmware Standards Manualp. 203
Appendix B A Drawing Systemp. 223
Indexp. 237