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Computers as Components: Principles of Embedded Computing System Design (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) [Paperback]

Marilyn Wolf

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1 May 2012 0123884365 978-0123884367 3rd Revised edition
"Computers as Components: Principles of Embedded Computing System Design, 3/e", presents essential knowledge on embedded systems technology and techniques. Updated for today's embedded systems design methods, this edition features new examples including digital signal processing, multimedia, and cyber-physical systems. Author Marilyn Wolf covers the latest processors from Texas Instruments, ARM, and Microchip Technology plus software, operating systems, networks, consumer devices, and more. Like the previous editions, this textbook: uses real processors to demonstrate both technology and techniques; shows readers how to apply principles to actual design practice; stresses necessary fundamentals that can be applied to evolving technologies; and, helps readers gain facility to design large, complex embedded systems. Updates in this edition include: description of cyber-physical systems: physical systems with integrated computation to give new capabilities; exploration of the PIC and TI OMAP processors; high-level representations of systems using signal flow graphs; enhanced material on interprocess communication and buffering in operating systems; and, design examples include an audio player, digital camera, cell phone, and more.

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"Compared to other leading academic books on embedded systems, this book takes a more structural approach to the discipline.this book presents components in detail and then discusses how they can be integrated into a system, mainly through examples. This makes it suitable for students and practitioners without a strong background in computer architecture, as the book gently introduces the basics of the subject..."--Computing Reviews, February 21, 2013 "This update of the 2008 edition by Wayne Wolfe keeps pace with the growing prevalence of embedded processors, "systems-on-chips," in products ranging from automobiles and airplanes to alarm clocks and toys."--Reference and Research Book News, December 2012

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Marilyn Wolf is Farmer Distinguished Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1980, 1981, and 1984, respectively. She was with AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1984 to 1989. She was on the faculty of Princeton University from 1989 to 2007. Her research interests included embedded computing, embedded video and computer vision, and VLSI systems. She has received the ASEE Terman Award and IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Education Award. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM and an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core member.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good technical book 6 Mar 2014
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This book is a comprehensive one with full usefull and practical technical details and applications. Nice and good work and Thanks!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, simple and illustrative 1 Sep 2013
By Yong Zhi - Published on
Easy to enjoy, chapter 2 instructions sets, chapter 3 CPU and chapter 4 bus-based computer system covers basics of hw. the figures/diagrams are distinguish-ably simple and illustrative in making good point, chapter 6 focus on OS, overall the book covers a wide range of subjects from CPU to design and performance without being too academic, seemly to have particular strength on BUS and video related topics, many of the example code using ARM instructions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S EMBEDDED!! 31 Oct 2012
By COSMIC TRAVELER - Published on
Are you an embedded computing designer? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Marilyn Wolf (Author), has done an outstanding job of writing a 3rd edition of a book that provides useful insight into the parts of embedded computing applications that most directly affect the design decisions faced by embedded computing designers.

Author Wolf, begins by setting the stage for the study of embedded computing system design. In addition, the author discusses instruction sets--the programmer's interface to the hardware. She then describes aspects of CPUs that do not directly relate to their instruction sets. The author then, covers computing platforms created by using microprocessors, I/O devices, and memory components. Next, she shows you how to create programs for embedded processors. In addition, the author introduces two fundamental abstractions that allow you to build complex applications on microprocessors: the process and the operating system. She continues by showing you the techniques that are required to create complex embedded systems. Finally, the author introduces some basic concepts in parallel and distributed embedded computing systems.

This most excellent book expands the range of processors through examples. Perhaps more importantly, the author has reorganized the coverage of networks and multiprocessors to provide a more unified view of these closely related topics.
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