Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers: Principles and Applications Paperback – Nov 13 2006
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A complete textbook on embedded systems design using the PIC, combining theory and practice
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Tim Wilmshurst is the author of Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers. He has been designing embedded systems since the early days of microcontrollers. For many years this was for Cambridge University, where he led a development team building original systems for research applications - for example in measurement of bullet speed, wind tunnel control, simulated earthquakes, or seeking a cure to snoring. Now he is Head of Electronic Systems at the University of Derby, where he aims to share his love of engineering design with his students.
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The authour then moves on to a more complicated microcontroller, but still uses assembly language to program it. I feel that by keeping with assembly language through to an intermediate level microcontroller it is possible to really understand what is happening when higher level languages are used to program these and more complicated chips.
Finally the authour moves into the 18 series microcontroller and introduces C as the programming language. C is a very powerful and much faster way to get what you want out of the microcontroller, but I think it would be much harder to do without first toiling through the rigours of assembly first.
It is very satisfying to look back after reading through the book at the earlier chapters and realize just how much you have learned. This is an excellent book on embedded systems design, one of the best that I have come across so far.
The only thing i would like to add would be more C examples for 16f microcontrollers .
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This book avoids that and does a whole lot more. The first few chapters devoted to theory, but then hey we are not all genius level. The book then takes the reader form the 16F84 right the way through to more advanced micros e.g. 16F873. All the while expanding on the knowledge base and building ever better projects. The overall project theme of the book is the little Robot, which is great. You apply what you learn as you go practically.
Another major advantage is that in the latter part of the book the transition is made to C i.e. that High level language the gets you away from assembler. Not really a teach all you need on C, but enough to get you going and get the projects working.
I would really recommend the book to anyone who wants to avoid buying every other book just to find the right one. All the essential detail and information required is contained within these two covers and is great value for money for novice or intermediate / Advanced user.
This book is complete; I keep going back and reading the same chapters over, because I learn something new every time. I have not found a need to buy another book about PIC Microcontrollers this one covers all of the principles you need to know.
In a short description of the book:
He teaches the complete structures of Microchip's 16F84A, 16F873A and 18F242 PIC's. He teaches the assembler code, and how it works. He also gets into C code a bit. He gears his book around the robot you see on the front cover, and near the end of reading this book, you should be able to build it if you know basic circuit analysis. Another thing I liked about this book is that it gave real world examples and strategies that can be used to simplify circuitry.
I am not good with words, But this is an excellent book if you want to learn how microcontrollers work! Buy it.
As for the control board? It was an abysmal failure, but that is another story. :)
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