Embedded Design

John B. Peatman


As embedded microcontrollers reach into all corners of modern life, many applications can benefit from coin-cell battery power. Some benefits are reduced product size and cost, enhanced design simplicity, portability, and electrical isolation. Microchip Technology, the number one supplier of 8-bit microcontrollers in the world, is using their nanoWatt Technology features to achieve these benefits.

This book explores how these features impact the design process. It employs the Qwik&Low board shown on the cover as the learning vehicle for the reader. The board is available as Part No. DM183034 from ( ).

This book introduces the reader to code writing for a microcontroller via a series of template files and using Microchips free version of their C compiler for their PIC18 family of microcontrollers. Free supporting tools are available at the authors website, , including QwikBug, a debugging user interface for downloading code to the Qwik&Low board, running that code, and debugging it using a serial PC connection (via either a serial cable or a USB-toserial adapter).

About the author: John Peatman, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the author of six earlier textbooks (two from Prentice Hall and four from McGraw-Hill).

ISBN 978-0-9799770-0-8

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