This book is a great introduction to microcontrollers. I particularly like it as there is a good accompanying website, and now a free online course on edx.org called "Embedded Systems - Shape the World" that follows the book closely.
If you are used to using the arduino then that board is great at getting started because it allows a lot to be done relatively easily as a lot of details are hidden. This book goes into a lot more of the details. This is good if you are generally interested in understanding these details or you want to have more control over programming a chip, and you want to be able to do it more efficiently.
It is very practically focussed which I like as I find that it helps me to understand the material better. All the material uses the Texas Instruments TM4C123 series which uses an M4 Arm processor. I guess as part of the practical focus it helps to focus on one chip as more practical details can be covered more effectively. You can buy an evaluation board containing the chip directly from TI and it is also good value.
While the book doesn't cover other chips such as the Atmel series which is what is used in the Arduino I believe that a lot of the ideas transfer over, particularly as you can use the C programming language in both. Obviously details about how to directly address registers etc will be different.
When you put the whole package together: book, free course and website this is a great way to learn about microcontrollers and great value. The course is running from early Feb 2014 to mid May. I am not sure about it's availability beyond this time frame.
Embedded Systems: Introduction to Arm(r) Cortex(tm)-M Microcontrollers: 1 Paperback – 26 May 2012
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- Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd ed. edition (26 May 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 508 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1477508996
- ISBN-13 : 978-1477508992
- Dimensions : 19.05 x 2.92 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 383,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jonathan Valvano has been teaching microcontrollers and embedded systems at the University of Texas at Austin for 35 years. He has written eight college textbooks. His textbooks on have been widely used around the world, with a total sales of over 20,000 books. He earned his BS and MS from MIT in 1977 in the fields of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. In 1981, he received his PhD from Harvard-MIT in the field of biomedical engineering. He has over 100 journal papers, 9 book chapters and 10 patents in the medical device research area. He is a cofounder of a successful medical device company, specializing in miniature and low-power cardiac measurements. The reason he has received numerous teaching awards at the University of Texas is because he and his students share a common interest at the very core of the education process: the students' own success. Together with Professor Yerraballi he has produced two widely successful MOOCs on edX. "It is difficult to find a professor that tries harder to educate and inspire his students than Professor Valvano" - Robin Tsang. Valvano lives by this motto, "There are three steps to immortality: acknowledge your limitations, ask for forgiveness, and then do something special today to make the world a better place."
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Excellent bookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2014
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Great book, very intuitive and good for begginers.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 April 2016
Fantastic book, it was bought to be used in tandem with the MOOC course of edx about the tiva series microcontrollers also by prof. Valvano. It is an excellent introduction to the cortex m4 microcontrollers and especially the Texas Tiva series begginers board. The examples give not only an introduction to the microcontroller itself but also an intro to computational thinking and problem solving. I believe this book can be very helpful when you are a new comer to the cortex microcontrollers and can save you a lot of frustration.
Saved me loads of workReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 February 2013
I recently started work as an Embedded Software Engineer, and after a lifetime of using Intel processors I found Valvano's books on the Cortex M microcontrollers refreshingly clear, amusing and informative; well written, with plenty of examples of different manufacturer's implementations of the core; well illustrated and with plenty of "have you understood what I told you" exercises.
All in all, a highly commendable set of books.
All in all, a highly commendable set of books.
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Not very Cortex specificReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 July 2013
This is 95% general embedded programming content and 5% Cortex related. So if you understand embedded but are looking for Cortex related info (I was) - this is not for you or me. If you are new to embedded and plan to use the M3 you may like it. Also this is very Stellaris / TI / assembler focused - if you're looking at C, NXP etc there is probably a better book for you.
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Good buy when trying to learn the embedded devices.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 June 2015
Great book for beginners. It's even better when you use it as complementary source of knowledge for Valvano's edX course.