1.5 A Guided Tour of This Book

The most efficient way to learn all the necessary concepts is to move from the bottom up. This book is arranged so that you learn about the properties of components and build toward more complex systems and a more complete view of the system design process. Veteran designers have learned enough bottom-up knowledge from experience to know how to use a top-down approach to designing a system, but when learning things for the first time, the bottom-up approach allows you to build more sophisticated concepts on the basis of lower-level ideas.

We will use several organizational devices throughout the book to help you. Application Examples focus on a particular end-use application and how it relates to embedded system ...

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