Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design: Applying the ARM mbed

Published by Newnes in July 2012



Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design is a fast-moving introduction to embedded system design, applying the innovative ARM mbed and its web-based development environment. Each chapter introduces a major topic in embedded systems, and proceeds as a series of practical experiments, adopting a “learning through doing” strategy. Minimal background knowledge is needed. C/C++ programming is applied, with a step-by-step approach which allows the novice to get coding quickly. Once the basics are covered, the book progresses to some “hot” embedded issues – intelligent instrumentation, networked systems, closed loop control, and digital signal processing.

Written by two experts in the field, this book reflects on the experimental results, develops and matches theory to practice, evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the technology or technique introduced, and considers applications and the wider context. Numerous exercises and end of chapter quiz questions are included.

The Authors

/media/uploads/robt/rt2_lowres.jpg Rob Toulson is a Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. (Twitter: @DrRobt)

/media/uploads/robt/tw1_lowres.jpg Tim Wilmshurst is the Head of Electronic Systems at the University of Derby, UK.

Table of Contents

  1. Embedded Systems, Microcontrollers and ARM;
  2. Introducing the mbed;
  3. Digital Input and Output;
  4. Analog Output;
  5. Analog Input;
  6. Further Programming Techniques;
  7. Starting with Serial Communications;
  8. Liquid Crystal Displays;
  9. Interrupts, Timers and Tasks;
  10. Memory and Data Management;
  11. An Introduction to Digital Signal Processing;
  12. Advance Serial Communications;
  13. An Introduction to Control Systems;
  14. Letting Go of the mbed Libraries;
  15. Extension Projects;

Powerpoint Course Notes

Rob Toulson and Tim Wilmshurst are also developing a number of Powerpoint course slides for teaching mbed topics.


The course slides cover a number of introductory topics in a similar manner to the textbook. In particular analog and digital IO, pulse width modulation, serial communication with I2C and SPI, timers, and interrupts are all covered in discrete lecture slides.

The slides are available at:

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