Embedded Systems Design Using the TI MSP430 Series (Embedded Technology)
Learn about designing, programming, and developing with the popular new Texas Instruments family of microcontrollers, the MSP430 series with this new book from Chris Nagy. This product line is experiencing explosive growth due to its low-power consumption and powerful features, but very little design and application information is available other than what is offered by the manufacturer. The book fills a gap in the technical literature for embedded systems engineers by offering a more complete combination of technical data, example code, and descriptive prose than is available from the manufacturer reference information, and is useful to both professionals and hobbyists.
Intended for embedded engineers who are new to the embedded field, or for the thousands of engineers who have experience with other microcontrollers (such as PICs, 8051s, or Motorola HC0x devices) but are new to the MSP430 line, Chris Nagy offers a thorough and practical description of the device features, gives development guidelines, and provides design examples. Code examples are used in virtually every chapter and area also included on the companion CD-ROM, and/or online. The book is divided into three sections: the first section provides detailed descriptions of the devices themselves; the second describes hardware/firmware development for the devices; the third is designed to incorporate information from the first two, and provide guidelines and examples of designs.
* Get up-to-speed on the TI MSP430 product family's features and idiosyncrasies * A 'hand-holding' reference to help get started on designs * Accompanying CD-ROM includes code examples
By globalcooler - September 30, 2003
I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book, as it promised to provide useful information on applying the MSP430 series of microcontrollers in real world applications. This book was an incredible disappointment. Almost a third of the book consists of appendices that are basically identical to the data sheet information available for free from TI. The remainder of the book's chapters are extremely sparse in providing any information that expands on what TI's data sheets and application notes already provide. One particular topic of interest to me was interfacing using the USART's. This book has virtually no information on this critical aspect of the microcontroller's use in a real application. Often the author refers to the TI data sheets for more detailed information, then moves on to the next topic!I have purchased many books on Amazon. This is my first Amazon purchase that I returned for a full refund. If you want information on the MSP430 microcontrollers, check out all of... read more
Not worth the paper it's written on
By Robert Waters - October 23, 2003
This book only purpose is to take your money. A full 1/8th of the book is a copy of the data sheet. A total of 19 pages is dedicated to describing all of the on chip peripherals. Needless to say it was a bit lacking in useful information. There is ONE sample application. Most of the 281 pages is filled with page filling fluff rather than useful information. Stay away.
Poor doesn't start to discribe it.
By Roberto Toca - July 28, 2005
Mr. Navy writes in the introduction: "This book is intended for the embedded engineer who is new to the field, and as an introduction and reference for those experienced with microcontroller development, but are new to the MSP340 family of devices." He should have written: "This book is intended for the people that can't read data sheets, preferring to read the data in a book format (and pay)."
There is nothing to learn from this book or very little if you are ignorant of electronics. Mr. Navy seems more like a microcontroller hobbyist with little formal knowledge.
I am rating it with one star because it is the minimum, I would have give it zero stars.