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Embedded Systems Architecture

By : Daniele Lacamera
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Embedded Systems Architecture

By: Daniele Lacamera

Overview of this book

Embedded systems are self-contained devices with a dedicated purpose. We come across a variety of fields of applications for embedded systems in industries such as automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and consumer electronics, just to name a few. Embedded Systems Architecture begins with a bird's eye view of embedded development and how it differs from the other systems that you may be familiar with. You will first be guided to set up an optimal development environment, then move on to software tools and methodologies to improve the work flow. You will explore the boot-up mechanisms and the memory management strategies typical of a real-time embedded system. Through the analysis of the programming interface of the reference microcontroller, you'll look at the implementation of the features and the device drivers. Next, you'll learn about the techniques used to reduce power consumption. Then you will be introduced to the technologies, protocols and security aspects related to integrating the system into IoT solutions. By the end of the book, you will have explored various aspects of embedded architecture, including task synchronization in a multi-threading environment, and the safety models adopted by modern real-time operating systems.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

The Internet Protocols

Standardized at the beginning of the 1980s, the Internet Protocol stack, mostly referred to nowadays as TCP/IP, is a family of network, transport, and application protocols providing standard communication over a wide range of technologies and interfaces.

As we have observed, the embedded industry is specialized enough to operate at the edge of the standards, but a new research trend is taking TCP/IP communication back to its original place as the established standard for network communication, due to the increasing influence of the existing IT infrastructure in distributed systems including small, low-power, cost-effective embedded systems. Creating custom non-IP protocol stacks is, in almost all cases, not worth the effort spent to reinvent state-of-the-art technology, which has been the subject of extensive research for many decades, and has been the main building block for the internet as we know it today, integrating billions of heterogeneous devices.