Paperback: 600 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd ed. edition (November 10, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
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I took the class that Dr. Valvano designed at the University of Texas at Austin last year and this was our textbook (took it the semester that he didn't teach, but it was still great). This was the best and most useful class that I took in college and the textbook was great for use in the class and all of the content is wonderful for reference for any microcontroller project after (also it's really cheap for a textbook and for all of the information it contains is really worth it).As a textbook:1. This book has the clearest explanation of embedded systems I've ever read2. Every concept you would ever want (minus a couple exotic concepts) is explained plainly and clearly (with handy circuit diagrams and example code!)3. Lots of programming problems and labs that you can try (especially useful if you are self-pacing this one and need some practice on the concepts)As a reference:1. Clearly and cleanly organized by topics for quick reference2. Although much of the code is specific to certain microcontrollers, the steps and methods are clearly presented and can be easily generalized to any processor (I used this heavily in my senior design project with the MSP430)3. This (and the previous volume) have such a clear introduction to all topics that you could teach yourself embedded programming from the ground up using this book (and one of the Launchpads that this version is targeted for - super cheap development board and lots of fun)Do yourself a favor by buying this book and then go to Dr. Valvano's website ([...] where you can find all sorts of helpful info and code snippets and lab manuals from past classes that are incredibly detailed and painstakingly crafted to be of the utmost help to students.
This book is very similar to the previous volume, "Introduction to ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers". In fact at least 1/3 of the material of the book is a copy and paste from the previous volume. I would not recommend reading this book from front cover to back cover. In my experience, I believe it is better to treat this book more as a reference manual to refer to for topics you don't quite understand. The book basically talks about how microcontrollers work, particularly, the TM4C123 and the TM4C1294. It simplifies much of the formal talk written in the datasheets for those devices, but in exchange, does not cover the entirety of the exact functionality of those devices. There has also been an inclusion of Internet of Things as a topic in the later part of the book, although it still does not explain the concept very well and instead points the reader into some examples that utilize IoT. I would not recommend this book to people wanting to just read about microcontrollers and not taking a class about it. However, since this book goes together with the actual UT Austin class EE445L, you probably aren't buying it for a leisure read.For EE445L Students:1. Go to Valvano's Website: [...] This webpage contains supplementary material that you really will need to understand what the book is saying. Also it contains the programs, that were written in the book. On this page: [...], you can find all the materials you will need for this course. If you click on the "Lectures" tab and scroll down to "Volume 2 EE445L Fall 2015 Lecture slides" and click to see all slides, you will find all powerpoint slides to help you with your labs.2. The edition number does not matter too much.3.
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