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Tata McGraw-Hill Education - 681 pages
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This book, equally applicable for a CSE or ECE course, gives an extensive account of Embedded Systems, keeping a balanced coverage of hardware and software concepts. Adhering to syllabus needs, this title is 'microprocessor' and 'software design methodology' specific, giving due weightage to architecture, programming and design aspects. Features Bottom up approach employed, where hardware and software issues have been discussed followed by Case Studies. Comprehensive coverage of topics like Real Time Operating Systems and 8051 Architecture. Design process and examples are covered throughout the book. Practical orientation in presenting the subject, with two chapters on Case Studies (Chapters 11 and 12). Student friendly pedagogy, detailing concepts that have been covered and ones to be covered, as chapter openers. Pedagogy: Solved Examples: Over 120 Figures: Over 100 Review Questions: Over 170 Practice Exercises: Over 120

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I have not purchased this book(thankfully). Had to study during masters course. By far, it is the most pathetic book ever. The author has gone out of his way to ensure that every concept is screwed. The simplest concepts, like round-robin scheduling and preemptive scheduling are explained in the worst way possible. I sincerely recommended using this book for swatting bugs. It messed up all concepts and made me regret opting for the subject. 

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I'm giving this 1 star because zero and negative numbers are sadly not accepted.
I've had the misfortune of having to read this book for my UG syllabus. Seriously, that's the worst thing I was
forced to do in my entire life.
The book is classless, useless, piece of text that me and my Dad (An embedded systems professional for 30+ years) consider to be an absolute insult to all future engineers!!!
Let me tell you why I'm so fired up about this.
1. Stupid English. Dude, even Eighth graders can write better.
2. Stupid errors... Seriously TCP is Transmission Control Protocol, not Transport Control Protocol(pg 173)., PIC16xx/PIC18Fxx are 8 bit, not 16 bit Microcontrollers(page 9)....
The author is pathetic.. Does he know to use a computer, Google... What world does he live in?? eh?
3. Unwarranted Assumptions on everything...The author cooks up stupid jargons that even Google doesn't recognize. For instance, How are Microcontrollers and DSPs, Application Specific Instruction Set processors, ASIPs as he calls them. What in the difference between a microprocessor/microcontroller and an Embedded Microprocessor/Microcontroller???
4. Irrelevant Examples. He tries to explain his made-up concepts with his own cool (or not-so-cool) examples, that I doubt, even he can understand. However, I agree that the author has a wild sense of Imagination. He should be writing poetry, not technical books.
There is a way of explaining things and this is not it.
If you want to really understand and learn Embedded Systems, try these...
1. Embedded Software Primer - David Simon. Great explanation and great coverage on the basics of task scheduling. An invaluable tool for doing anything with embedded software.
2. Micro C/OS - II by Jean Labrosse. An amazing book. The introductory chapter on RTOS is the best text for understanding how RTOS works. Mr.Labrosse developed The RTOS, uC/OS all by himself and he knows what he is saying.
3. Try Embedded Systems Design by Steve Heath for the basics. The book is very good. However, I am not particularly fond of the processor examples he uses for discussion (Intel 80x86 and Motorola Power PC, 680xx) because they are very old and not very relevant today. However, It is an excellent book for the hardware concepts and the basics.
If you are student who is forced to read this book due to your syllabus, consult an astrologer, this might be a bad time for you. :)
If you are a professor, I humbly request you to recommend for the removal of the book from your university syllabus. Forcing your students to read this text is terrible injustice. Please, We implore you to give us a better fate. No one deserves to be forced to read this.


Introduction to Embedded Systems
8051 and Advanced Processer Architectures Memory Organization and Realworld Interfacing
Devices and Communication Buses for Devices Networks
Device Drivers and Interrupts Service Mechanism
Programming Concepts and Embedded Programmin in C C++ and Java
Program Modeling Concepts
Interprocess Communication and Synchronization of Processes Threads and Tasks
RealTime Operating System ProgremmingII Windows CE OSEK and REalTime Linux Functions
Design Examples and Case Studies of Program Modeling and Programming with RTOS1
Design Examples and Cases Studies of Program Modeling and Programming with RTOS2
Embedded Software Development Process and Tools
Testing Simulation and Debugging Techniques and Tools
Roadmap fo Various Course Studies
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RealTime Operating Systems
RealTime Operating System ProgrammingI MicroCOSII and VxWorks

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Raj Kamal Head, Institute of Computer Science & Electronics , Devi Ahilya University, Khandwa Road Campus, INDORE

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