When PCs and peripherals began showing up with USB ports in the late 1990s, many predicted that legacy serial (COM) ports would soon be obsolete. The predictions were wrong. While most standard peripherals now use USB, serial ports are the interface of choice for devices that require simple programming, long cables, operation in harsh environments, or basic networking capabilities. Serial ports are more versatile then ever due to developments such as USB virtual COM ports, the .NET SerialPort class, enhanced microcontroller USARTs, and new wireless interfaces. Serial Port Complete Second Edition is a completely revised and updated guide to programming and interfacing to COM ports, USB virtual COM ports, and serial ports in embedded systems. Author Jan Axelson shows how to: § Access COM ports using the SerialPort class in Microsoft’s .NET Framework. § Program embedded systems for serial-port communications. § Design and program USB devices accessed as virtual COM ports. § Upgrade RS-232 designs to USB with no changes to host software or device firmware. § Design circuits for electrically harsh environments. § Create serial networks of embedded systems and PCs. § Use serial ports in wireless links. Example code is provided for PCs and embedded systems in both Basic and C/C#. The author maintains a website with articles, program code, and other links of interest to developers of serial-port applications (janaxelson.com).
Developers who design and program USB devices have a new resource in the fifth edition of USB Complete: The Developer's Guide. This edition adds an introduction to USB 3.1 and SuperSpeedPlus bus, which offers a 2x increase in bus speed over USB 3.0’s SuperSpeed. For designs that don't require USB 3.1’s capabilities, the book also covers USB 2.0 technology and applications. USB Complete Fifth Edition bridges the gap between the technical specifications and the real world of design and programming. Author Jan Axelson distills the fundamentals of the protocols and guides developers in choosing device hardware, deciding whether to target a USB class driver or another host driver, and writing device firmware and host applications. Example code in Visual C# shows how to detect and access USB devices and how to program and communicate with vendor-defined devices that use the human-interface-device (HID) class driver and Microsoft’s WinUSB driver. Also covered are how to use bus power, including new advanced power delivery capabilities, wireless communications for USB devices, and developing embedded hosts, including dual-role USB On-The-Go devices. Programmers and hardware designers can rely on USB Complete’s Fifth Edition to help get projects up and running quickly. Students and hobbyists will learn how to use the interface built into every PC. Instructors will find inspiration and guidance for class projects.
Rapid Prototyping of Digital Systems: Quartus II Edition provides an exciting and challenging laboratory component for undergraduate digital logic and computer design courses using FPGAs and CAD tools for simulation and hardware implementation. The more advanced topics and exercises also make this text useful for upper level courses in digital logic, programmable logic, and embedded systems. This new version of the widely used Rapid Prototyping of Digital Systems, Second Edition, now uses Altera's new Quartus II CAD tool and includes laboratory projects for Altera's UP 2 and the new UP 3 FPGA board. Rapid Prototyping of Digital Systems: Quartus II Edition includes four tutorials on the Altera Quartus II and NIOS II tool environment, an overview of programmable logic, and IP cores with several easy-to-use input and output functions. These features were developed to help students get started quickly. Early design examples use schematic capture and IP cores developed for the Altera UP FPGA boards. VHDL is used for more complex designs after a short introduction to VHDL-based synthesis. New to this edition is an overview of System-on-a-Programmable Chip (SOPC) technology and SOPC design examples for the UP3 using Altera's new NIOS II Processor hardware and C software development tools.
FPGA Prototyping Using Verilog Examples will provide you with a hands-on introduction to Verilog synthesis and FPGA programming through a “learn by doing” approach. By following the clear, easy-to-understand templates for code development and the numerous practical examples, you can quickly develop and simulate a sophisticated digital circuit, realize it on a prototyping device, and verify the operation of its physical implementation. This introductory text that will provide you with a solid foundation, instill confidence with rigorous examples for complex systems and prepare you for future development tasks.
Designing and Programming Small Devices for Networking
Author: Jan Axelson
Publisher: lakeview research llc
A guide to using embedded systems with Ethernet covers such topics as hardware and firmware, TCP/IP protocols, creating embedded Web sites, local networks and the Internet, and sending and receiving e-mail using SMTP and POP3.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs: Field Guide is a portable, "essentials" version of Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 13th Edition - the bestselling PC hardware book of all-time. Weighing less than half a pound, this tiny book packs a hefty punch - containing the essential information you need to upgrade and repair PCs, whether you're a hardcore pro or a weekend warrior. All of this information fits nicely in your toolkit, briefcase or backpack and be there to rescue you when you're out of your office and away from your trusty copy of Upgrading and Repairing PCs. Use the connector quick reference section to identify most any connector or port you run across while servicing PCs out in the wild! Who says detailed coverage must come in a big package? This diminutive book makes up for its tiny size by providing you with a level of detail that exceeds that found in some bigger (in size and name) competitor books. Hundreds of detailed tables boil down complicated settings, standards and specifications into an easy to read - and easy to find - format. All of this detailed information easily fits in your toolkit, briefcase or book bag-right where you need it!
Robot Motion Control 2009 presents very recent results in robot motion and control. Forty short papers have been chosen from those presented at the sixth International Workshop on Robot Motion and Control held in Poland in June 2009. The authors of these papers have been carefully selected and represent leading institutions in this field. The following recent developments are discussed: design of trajectory planning schemes for holonomic and nonholonomic systems with optimization of energy, torque limitations and other factors, new control algorithms for industrial robots, nonholonomic systems and legged robots, different applications of robotic systems in industry and everyday life, like medicine, education, entertainment and others, multiagent systems consisting of mobile and flying robots with their applications. The book is suitable for graduate students of automation and robotics, informatics and management, mechatronics, electronics and production engineering systems as well as scientists and researchers working in these fields.