Embedded Systems Fundamentals with Arm Cortex-M based Microcontrollers: A Practical Approach

Nucleo-F091RC Edition

Textbook Cover: Embedded Systems Fundamentals, Nucleo-F091RC Edition
by Dr Alexander G. Dean
Print    ISBN 978-1-911531-26-5
eBook ISBN 978-1-911531-28-9

Give your students an understanding of the most important topics in embedded systems design using a coherent, compelling and hands-on approach.

Now in its 2nd edition, this textbook has been updated on a new development board from STMicroelectronics – the Arm Cortex-M0+ based Nucleo-F091RC. Designed to be used in a one- or two-semester introductory course on embedded systems, the textbook covers fundamental topics including the CPU, interrupt systems, peripherals, serial communication and multi-tasking. Software examples in this textbook are written in C and the free version of Arm’s Keil MDK-ARM integrated development environment is used throughout the materials.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 General Purpose Input/Output
3 Basics of Software Concurrency
4 Arm Cortex-M0+ Processor Core and Interrupts
5 C in assembly Language
6 Analog Interfacing
7 Timers
8 Serial Communications
9 Direct Memory Access

About the Author

Portrait of Alex Dean

Dr Alexander G. Dean is a faculty member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. He has developed a suite of embedded systems courses at NCSU, as well as course packages with the Arm University Program and others, and has wide-ranging industry experience in embedded systems design.


“Alex has seen the real world of embedded systems design as few other professors have, and has gotten his hands dirty building real stuff. This book reflects that experience. It does an admirable job of covering the embedded computing design space, balancing the opposing forces of hardware vs. software, depth vs. breadth, and performance vs. constraints.”
Professor Phil Koopman
Carnegie Mellon University

“The thing that I love about this book is that the author has gone through the effort of creating a large set of examples to explore the different concepts, and he has made sure that the examples work with an easy-to-find low-cost board, and using a free toolchain. It is one thing to explain concepts abstractly, but with embedded systems, there is a lot to learn from actually implementing systems. I have taught classes on this material before and I have always had to put a lot of time into getting abstract examples to work on a real board. The author has already done this for you with this book.”
Professor Ian G. Harris
University of California, Irvine

“Alex Dean’s new textbook is a well-written starting point for students who have experience in electronics and are now moving into microcontroller based projects. It provides students of computer/electronics engineering with a clear understanding of how an embedded processor system works, and how to understand what is happening during software debugging sessions.”
Joseph Yiu
Senior Embedded Technology Manager, Arm Ltd


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