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A Complete Guide to Embedded Systems: Architecture, Programming and Design by Rajkamal



Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13: A Comprehensive Book Review


Embedded systems are everywhere. They are electronic systems that contain a microprocessor or a microcontroller, but we do not think of them as computers the computer is hidden or embedded in the system. They control various devices and applications, such as mobile phones, cars, robots, medical equipment, industrial machines, and more. Embedded systems are important because they enable us to interact with technology in a seamless and efficient way. They also have many advantages over general-purpose computers, such as low cost, low power consumption, high performance, high reliability, and high security.




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But how do we learn about embedded systems? How do we design and program them? What are the challenges and opportunities in this field? These are some of the questions that Rajkamal tries to answer in his book "Embedded Systems: Architecture, Programming and Design". Rajkamal is a professor of computer science and engineering at Amity University, Noida. He has over 40 years of experience in teaching and research in embedded systems, microprocessors, microcontrollers, computer architecture, operating systems, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and more. He has also authored several other books and papers on these topics. In this article, we will review his book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13", which is the first edition of his book published in 2013. We will look at the features, strengths, weaknesses, and comparison of this book with other books on embedded systems. We will also provide some FAQs for those who are interested in reading this book.


Features of the Book




The book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13" is a comprehensive textbook that covers all aspects of embedded systems, from hardware to software, from design to implementation. The book has 13 chapters that are organized into four parts:


  • Part I: Introduction to Embedded Systems (Chapters 1-3)



  • Part II: Embedded Hardware (Chapters 4-7)



  • Part III: Embedded Software (Chapters 8-10)



  • Part IV: Embedded System Design (Chapters 11-13)



The book also has several appendices that provide additional information on topics such as assembly language programming, C programming, interfacing devices, real-time operating systems, and more. The book also has a CD-ROM that contains the source code of the examples and exercises in the book, as well as some software tools and simulators for embedded systems.


The book covers both hardware and software concepts of embedded systems in a balanced way. It explains the architecture, programming, and interfacing of various microprocessors and microcontrollers, such as 8051, PIC, ARM, and DSP. It also discusses the concepts and techniques of embedded software development, such as software design methodologies, software life cycle models, software testing and debugging, software quality assurance, and more. It also introduces the concepts and applications of real-time operating systems, such as scheduling algorithms, synchronization mechanisms, inter-process communication, memory management, device drivers, and more.


The book also explains the design methodologies and case studies of embedded systems. It describes the design process and steps involved in developing an embedded system, such as requirement analysis, specification, design, implementation, testing, deployment, and maintenance. It also presents several case studies of real-world embedded systems, such as digital camera, smart card, mobile phone, washing machine, traffic light controller, and more. It also provides some guidelines and best practices for designing embedded systems.


The book uses pedagogy and examples to enhance the learning experience of the readers. It has several features that help the readers to understand and apply the concepts better, such as:


  • Chapter objectives: Each chapter begins with a list of objectives that summarize what the readers will learn in that chapter.



  • Review questions: Each chapter ends with a set of review questions that test the readers' comprehension of the concepts covered in that chapter.



  • Practice exercises: Each chapter also has a set of practice exercises that challenge the readers to apply the concepts to solve some problems or tasks related to embedded systems.



  • Solved examples: The book has over 120 solved examples that illustrate how to use the concepts and techniques of embedded systems in various scenarios.



  • Figures: The book has over 100 figures that provide visual representations of the concepts and examples of embedded systems.



Strengths of the Book




The book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13" has many strengths that make it a valuable resource for learning about embedded systems. Some of these strengths are:


  • It provides a balanced and extensive coverage of embedded systems. It covers both hardware and software aspects of embedded systems in a comprehensive way. It also covers both theoretical and practical aspects of embedded systems in a coherent way. It also covers both basic and advanced topics of embedded systems in a progressive way.



  • It adheres to syllabus needs and industry standards. It is suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on embedded systems in computer science and engineering or electronics and communication engineering. It also follows the syllabus prescribed by various universities and boards. It also reflects the current trends and developments in the field of embedded systems. It also prepares the readers for professional careers or higher studies in embedded systems.



  • It is suitable for both CSE and ECE students. It caters to the needs and interests of both computer science and engineering (CSE) and electronics and communication engineering (ECE) students. It explains the concepts from both perspectives and provides examples from both domains. It also bridges the gap between hardware and software disciplines and enables cross-disciplinary learning.



Weaknesses of the Book




However, the book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13" also has some weaknesses that limit its usefulness and effectiveness. Some of these weaknesses are:


  • It has errors and inaccuracies in some topics. The book has some factual errors and technical inaccuracies in some topics, such as TCP protocol (page 173), PIC microcontrollers (page 9), ASIPs (page 3), etc. These errors can confuse or mislead the readers or affect their learning outcomes.



  • It uses unwarranted assumptions and jargons in some concepts. The book makes some unwarranted assumptions or uses some jargons that are not well-defined or well-explained in some concepts, such as embedded microprocessor/microcontroller (page 3), application-specific instruction set processor (ASIP) (page 3), etc. These assumptions or jargons can create ambiguity or inconsistency in the presentation or understanding of the concepts.



  • It has poor English and presentation in some parts. The book has some grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, punctuation errors, formatting issues, etc., in some parts. These errors can affect the readability or clarity of the text or affect the impression or credibility of the author.



Comparison with Other Books




Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13" is not the only book on embedded systems. There are many other books that cover the same or similar topics. Some of the popular books on embedded systems are:


  • "Embedded Systems: A Contemporary Design Tool" by James K. Peckol



  • "Embedded Systems Design: A Unified Hardware/Software Introduction" by Frank Vahid and Tony Givargis



  • "Embedded System Design: Modeling, Synthesis and Verification" by Daniel D. Gajski, Samar Abdi, Andreas Gerstlauer, and Gunar Schirner



  • "Embedded Systems: Real-Time Interfacing to ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers" by Jonathan W. Valvano



  • "An Embedded Software Primer" by David E. Simon



How does the book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13" differ from these books? How does it rank among these books? These are some of the questions that we can ask to compare the book with other books on embedded systems. The answer to these questions may depend on various factors, such as the purpose, scope, level, style, quality, and preference of the book and the reader. However, based on some general criteria, we can make some observations and evaluations about the book and its comparison with other books.


One of the main differences between the book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13" and other books is that it is more comprehensive and extensive than most of the other books. It covers more topics and aspects of embedded systems than most of the other books. It also covers more details and depth of embedded systems than most of the other books. It also covers more examples and case studies of embedded systems than most of the other books. This makes the book more suitable for those who want to learn everything about embedded systems or who want to have a complete reference for embedded systems.


However, one of the main drawbacks of the book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13" is that it is more error-prone and inaccurate than most of the other books. It has more errors and inaccuracies in some topics and concepts than most of the other books. It also has more unwarranted assumptions and jargons in some concepts than most of the other books. It also has more poor English and presentation in some parts than most of the other books. This makes the book less reliable and effective for those who want to learn correctly and clearly about embedded systems or who want to have a credible source for embedded systems.


Therefore, depending on these factors, we can rank the book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13" among other books on embedded systems. For example, if we rank the books based on their comprehensiveness and extensiveness, we can rank the book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13" as one of the top books on embedded systems. However, if we rank the books based on their accuracy and clarity, we can rank the book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13" as one of the bottom books on embedded systems.


Conclusion




In conclusion, the book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13" is a comprehensive textbook that covers all aspects of embedded systems, from hardware to software, from design to implementation. The book has many features, strengths, weaknesses, and comparison with other books on embedded systems. The book is suitable for both CSE and ECE students who want to learn about embedded systems. However, the book also has some errors and inaccuracies that can affect its usefulness and effectiveness.


If you are interested in reading this book, you can find it online or in your local library or bookstore. You can also check out some of the reviews and ratings of this book on various websites or platforms. You can also contact the author or publisher for any feedback or queries about this book.


FAQs




Here are some FAQs about the book "Embedded Systems by Rajkamal 1st 13":


  • Q: What is the latest edition of this book?



  • A: The latest edition of this book is "Embedded Systems: Architecture, Programming and Design", Third Edition (2014).



  • Q: What are some of the changes or updates in the latest edition of this book?



  • A: Some of the changes or updates in the latest edition of this book are: addition of new topics such as wireless sensor networks, embedded Linux, embedded Java, etc.; revision of some topics such as real-time operating systems, software engineering, etc.; correction of some errors and inaccuracies in some topics; improvement of some figures and tables; and inclusion of some new examples and exercises.



  • Q: How can I access the CD-ROM that comes with this book?



  • A: You can access the CD-ROM that comes with this book by inserting it into your computer's CD-ROM drive. You can also download the CD-ROM content from the publisher's website or from the author's website.



  • Q: How can I get the solutions to the review questions and practice exercises in this book?



  • A: You can get the solutions to the review questions and practice exercises in this book by contacting the author or publisher. You can also find some of the solutions online or on some websites or platforms.



  • Q: How can I use this book for self-study or self-learning?



  • A: You can use this book for self-study or self-learning by following these steps: read the chapter objectives and summaries; read the text and understand the concepts; study the figures and tables; review the solved examples; attempt the review questions and practice exercises; check your answers and solutions; and revise the concepts and examples.



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