Thursday, March 22, 2012

Overview of Embedded Development

Micro Processor and Micro Controller:

1.    Getting Started
                What do I need to know to get started with embedded development? Who should learn Embedded Development? Why should I learn Embedded Programming? These are quite simple and straight forward questions. Students, Professionals, hobbyists or anyone can learn embedded programming and there is no restriction. If you have an experience of high level programming, then u would be comfortable with the embedded development and don’t worry if you don’t even written any kind of computer program till date.

What is an Embedded System?
                An embedded system is a computer system designed for specific control functions within a larger system, often with real-time computing constraints. It is embedded as part of a complete device often including hardware and mechanical parts. By contrast, a general-purpose computer, such as a personal computer (PC), is designed to be flexible and to meet a wide range of end-user needs. Embedded systems control many devices in common use today

Applications of Embedded Systems:
·         Industrial Automation Systems.
·         Security Systems.
·         Military and aerospace embedded software applications.
·         Medical electronics technology.
·         Communications applications.
·         Electronics applications and consumer devices.
·         Industrial automation and process control software.
                                And the list goes on……………………..

2.    Languages and Tools
        The basic core elements of developing an Embedded System include a compiler, debugger and an assembler (as just like in any other development environment). You need to have the following tools to get started with the development.
        Languages: c, 8085/8086 assembly language programming.
       Emulator:  Keil compiler or any other compiler/ emulator which you feel comfortable with and a
       Development Board: There are wide ranges of development boards available in the market, you can choose one. Some of most popular boards are shown here. 
3.    Development Board’s.
MCB900 Evaluation Board



4.    Online Resources
        The following sites provide you with the required documentation, programming model and instruction set details.

5.    Discussion Forums

6.    EBooks
Assembly Language Step-By-Step by
Jeff Duntemann

 Professional Assembly Language by
Richard Blum

7.    Projects

Microsoft Development Network:

                Enter the new world of embedded programming. The development frameworks and tools provided by Microsoft.  In this section we will see the latest products released by the Microsoft for the Embedded Development.

Windows Embedded Compact 7 (CE)

Windows Embedded Standard 7 (XPE)
.Net Micro Framework
Windows Embedded Standard 7 delivers the power, familiarity, and reliability of the Windows 7 operating system in a componentized form for developers to create advanced commercial and consumer devices running thousands of existing Windows applications and drivers.
Windows Embedded Compact is the evolution of Windows Embedded CE. Compact is a componentized, real-time operating system used to create a wide range of small footprint enterprise and consumer devices.
The .NET Micro Framework is .NET for small and resource constrained devices. It offers a complete and innovative development and execution environment that brings the productivity of modern computing tools to this class of devices

Languages and Tools:               
Languages: c#(c sharp).
Tools: Visual Studio IDE.
Environmental set up:
 Download the required software’s from the below links:
Requirements for Embedded Compact 7:
Requirements for Embedded Standard 7:
Requirements for .Net Micro Framework:

Development Board’s:

Expert .NET Micro Framework by
 Jens K├╝hner

Pro Windows Embedded Compact 7 by
Abraham Kcholi

Professional Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 by Samuel Phung

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Fundamentals by
Stanislav Pavlov and Pavel Belevsky

Professional's Guide to Windows® Embedded Standard 7 by Sean D. Liming



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