Embedded Software Development with eCos

Embedded Software Development with eCos

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Embedded Software Development with eCos shows developers and managers the advantages of using eCos -- the Embedded Configurable Operating System from Red Hat - over proprietary or commercial embedded operating systems. As an Open Source solution, eCos provides a low-cost, royalty free option for embedded software development. Anthony Massa shows how eCos, and the eCos development environment, has all of the features and functionality to meet the needs of almost all commercial embedded system requirements. Massa provides an understanding of how to use the open-source licensing and royalty free nature of eCos in order to eliminate high startup and per unit costs associated with many of the proprietary real-time operating systems on the market today. Embedded systems are operating systems that must operate with a very small footprint (usually less than 100KB of space) and must be self-contained. Most companies use either proprietary solutions or expensive commercial solutions. eCos is the first powerful, royalty-free Open Source solution, from Red Hat.
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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 399 pages
  • 174 x 230 x 26mm | 680.39g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130354732
  • 9780130354730
  • 2,147,977

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How to build low-cost, royalty-free embedded solutions with eCosCovers eCos architecture, installation, configuration, coding, debugging, bootstrapping, porting, and moreIncorporates additional open source software components to extend the features and functionality of eCos, meeting the requirements of a wide range of embedded systemsIncludes open source tools for a complete embedded software development environment with eCos as the coreContains extensive code examples and complete application case study

Foreword by Michael Tiemann, CTO, Red Hat Software and Co-founder of Cygnus Solutions

"Anthony's book is easily the most complete treatment of eCos system development. I believe it is destined to become part of every eCos developer's library."

--Michael Tiemann, CTO, Red Hat Software and Co-founder of Cygnus Solutions

Build low-cost, royalty-free embedded solutions with eCos--step by step.

The Embedded Configurable Operating System (eCos) gives professionals a low-cost, royalty-free embedded software development solution that works in highly constrained hardware environments, while scaling smoothly to larger products. In this start-to-finish guide to eCos solution building, Anthony Massa covers eCos architecture, installation, configuration, coding, deployment, and the entire eCos open source development system. Additional open source tools are included to configure a complete embedded software development environment. Massa's code examples and application case study illuminate techniques for building virtually any embedded system, from the simplest device to complex Internet-enabled wireless systems. Coverage includes:

Understanding eCos architecture: kernel, hardware abstraction layer, and other componentsPreparing your eCos embedded development environment Incorporating additional open source tools for a complete embedded software development environmentWorking with exceptions, interrupts, and virtual vectorsManaging threads and synchronizationUtilizing the eCos networking stack, I/O system, and file systemCovering additional eCos functionality, including third-party open source contributions Using RedBoot, the standardized embedded debug and bootstrap solutionPorting eCos to new hardware platforms
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Table of contents



1. An Introduction to the eCos World.

Where It All Started-Cygnus Solutions. The Origins of eCos. Architecture Overview. Summary.

2. The Hardware Abstraction Layer.

Overview. Summary.

3. Exceptions and Interrupts.

Exceptions. Interrupts. Summary.

4. Virtual Vectors.

Virtual Vectors. Summary.

5. The Kernel.

The Kernel. Summary.

6. Threads and Synchronization Mechanisms.

Threads. Synchronization Mechanisms. Summary.

7. Other eCos Architecture Components.

Counters, Clocks, Alarms, and Timers. Asserts and Tracing. ISO C and Math Libraries. I/O Control System. Summary.

8. Additional Functionality and Third-Party Contributions.

Compatibility Layers. ROM Monitors. File Systems. PCI Support. USB Support. Networking Support. SNMP Support. The GoAhead Embedded WebServer. Symmetric Multi-Processing Support. Additional Features. Summary.

9. The RedBoot ROM Monitor.

Overview. RedBoot Directory Structure. Installation and Configuration. User Interface and Command Set. Summary.

10. The Host Development Platform.

Overview. Configuring the Windows Host. Summary.

11. The eCos Toolset.

Packages. The Configuration Tool. Other eCos Tools. Building the eCos Tools. Additional Open-Source Tools. Summary.

12. An Example Application Using eCos.

The eCos Build Process. Examples Overview. RedBoot. ECos. Application. The eCos Tests. Simulators. Summary.

13. Porting eCos.

Overview of Porting. A Platform Porting Example. Summary.

Appendix A. Supported Processors and Evaluation Platforms.

Appendix B. eCos License.

eCos License. GNU General Public License.

Appendix C. Cygwin Tools Upgrade Procedure.

Appendix D. Building the GNU Cross-Development Tools.

About the Author.

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About Anthony J. Massa

ANTHONY J. MASSA earned a dual B.S./B.A. degree in electrical engineering from the University of San Diego. He has developed embedded software, device drivers, and applications on a wide range of processors and embedded RTOS platforms, for successful products including satellite PC receiver cards and modems, set-top boxes, networking broadcast equipment, and Internet-enabled wireless modems. Massa has written extensively on eCos in many leading publications including Doctor Dobb's Journal, Embedded Systems Programming, and Software Development.
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