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  1. XELON

    XELON Guest


    I am studying in computer engineering and working on my graduation
    project which is about embedded systems and internet. Anyway, I want to
    have more skill and knowledge on embedded system subject.

    Here is the problem. We don't get detailed information in electrics and
    electronics (just the basic). So I want to learn more(like electronics,
    PCB design, DSP ...). Could you give me some books' names and advice me
    some subjects to improve myself?

    I am also open for any suggestion.

    Thanks all

    Tolga Utku Onbay
  2. Guest

    Likely your best bet today (at the introductory level) is "The Art of
    Electronics" by Horowitz and Hill.

    With respect to your graduation project, realize that embedded systems
    and the Internet share very little in common. To design embedded sytems
    you should focus on achieving some degree of expertise in electronics,
    assembly language programming, and the C programming language. If your
    primary interest is in Internet related work, familiarize yourself with
    all aspect of TCP/IP, SNMP, Java, HTML, etc.

    If you spread yourself too thin by attempting to work in both of these
    two very dissimilar areas, chances are that you'll never become very
    good at either.

    Hope this helps. Harry C.
  3. Tolga Onbay

    Tolga Onbay Guest

    At first, I thank you to reply my topic.

    After 3 years in university I realized that Java, HTML, ... etc. are
    not my thing. Of course, I didn't decide diving into embedded systems
    in 1 day. I have been searching and reading whatever I found and I
    will. I love low-level. No wonder, high-level languages and others are
    all must learning. And I learnt a lot with them.

    In courses like electronics, digital logic, computer design, assembly
    programming, microcomputers and operating systems, I found that there
    is something fascinating about low-level part of the computers, like
    how parts work, communicate and how they were developed. I hope I could
    explain my feelings on embedded systems.

    I thing I have a good knowledge about C, ASM, and not much on

    I am going to take "The Art of Electronics" from library tomorrow. But
    Is there any other must reading books for embedded systems? And Do you
    think that I have to learn about PCB design? Also Somebody told me that
    I have to learn DSP. what do you think?

    Thanks again.

    Tolga Utku Onbay
  4. PeteS

    PeteS Guest

    Embedded design does not necessarily require coding skills (it depends
    on whether one has software engineers for that).

    That said, most embedded designers (indeed, most designers in general)
    do have significant programming skills, simply because it is necessary
    to understand how to connect everything together such that software may
    be effectively written for the system (assuming it has a processor, of

    As an example, let's say I was designing a memory interface (which I
    have done numerous times). One must thoroughly understand the nature of
    the memory controller to attach memory to it. For a DDR interface that
    includes numerous programmable options that must be taken into account
    when calculating the timing budget and how (if at all) to terminate the
    address/data/clock/control system.
    The last DDR interface I designed was not a stick, but the devices
    soldered onto my board, running at 200MHz / 400M/s burst data rates and
    I ended up with less than 100psec of guaranteed margin.

    When at this level, a thorough knowledge of driver characteristics
    (amongst a lot of other things) is a requirement.

    "The art of electronics" is an excellent source book for many of the
    issues involved.

    DSP is not necessarily a requirement: it depends on just what you are
    trying to achieve in embedded design. Should you need it, I would
    suggest looking at TI's DSP section

    DSP is a subject in it's own right, of course, and there are newsgroups
    devoted to nothing else (comp.dsp for instance).

    Apart from that, you will need the standard skills of all hardware
    designers, from the seemingly mundane of choosing the correct bypass
    capacitors to switch mode power supplies and perhaps FPGAs

    If the list sounds long, it's because embedded design is evolving and
    there's always something new to learn.

    So, good luck and have fun


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