Aspects of Hardware Design
The principal aim of this book is to aid the transformation of a ‘software engineer’ into a ‘firmware engineer’. As mentioned earlier, the more traditional apprenticeship for a firmware engineer is in hardware. This was the natural evolution, as some knowledge of electronics is required to design firmware successfully. In this chapter, some of the important concepts and ideas behind the design of electronic hardware are presented. It is not intended that the reader should gain a full understanding of electronic engineering, as there are many excellent books which may be studied if further detail is required (Peatman, 1980; Bywater, 1981 ; Berk, 1984).
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