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USB Mass Storage: Designing and Programming Devices and Embedded Hosts [Paperback]

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Item description for USB Mass Storage: Designing and Programming Devices and Embedded Hosts by Jan Axelson...

Provides information on designing devices that share and store data with PCs and other USB hosts.

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This developer's guide for designers and programmers of mass-storage devices that use the Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface provides developers with information on how to choose storage media, interface the media to a microcontroller or other CPU, and write device firmware to access the media and perform USB communications. Comparisons of popular storage-media options to help users choose a media type for a project are included, and the types described cover hard drives and flash-memory cards such as the MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) card, and CompactFlash card. Helpful tips on developing an embedded host that can access USB mass-storage devices are also covered.

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Pages   285
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Lakeview Research
ISBN  1931448043  
ISBN13  9781931448048  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jan Axelson is the author of six books, including "Embedded Ethernet and Internet Complete," "Serial Port Complete," and "Parallel Port Complete," Her articles have appeared in "Embedded Systems Programming," "EDN," "Circuit Cellar," "Nuts & Volts," and "Popular Electronics." She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jan Axelson currently resides in Madison.

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Lots of info, great place to start  Jul 25, 2007
This book is well written, offers plenty of details and provides good direction for developing mass storage related devices. It exposes the magnitude of information one must learn to make a working product and is a great first start. The accompanying website is also very helpful.

This book is an excellent attempt at addressing a technically complex subject. As long as you don't expect the book to hand you a complete solution, you won't be disappointed. The material can only be thoroughly understood by applying it. Many of the examples can be implemented with the development board from Microchip, which is very affordable.
Very good  Mar 16, 2007
The book is telling about accesing the storage devices Flash ,Mmc,Sd etc. with the Pic18F microcontroller... You learn writing codes with the Microchip's C compiler and Dev. Kit to these devices by the storage libraries in...A typical Jan Axelson book, clear and very good....
Learn how to design devices with embedded hosts and share information  Nov 7, 2006
Learn how to design devices with embedded hosts and share information with USB hosts with USB Mass Storage: Designing and Programming Devices and Embedded Hosts. From handling commands and data errors to interface specs, manipulating FAT file systems, and more, USB MASS STORAGE provides project managers and developers with all the basics on using industry standard commands, controllers, and ports.

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Hardware and Software in One Book  Aug 25, 2006
This is a very well done book on a very topical subject. USB mass storage has gotten so inexpensive that its use in dedicated embedded systems has become almost a given. And here is one book that talks about all aspects of putting such a system together.

The book basically covers three subjects:

First there is a general discussion of mass storage in general. This includes hard drives which may be the most economical for your application, and it includes various types of flash memory devices.

Second the book covers the hardware interface down to the level of giving a sample circuit.

Finally there is a description of the software that will be needed to get the devices to operate. This goes from the simple structure of the commands down to the definition of file systems.

In short, here is a complete guide to USB Mass Storage in one, fairly small, book. This is all the engineer/programmer needs. Ms. Axelson has written a number of books on USB in general and clearly knows whereof she speaks.
An excelent introduction this unique topic  Aug 20, 2006
This book covers two areas of computer technology: creating USB based mass storage systems, using either rotating (disk) media or flash storage. It offers guidance and examples for each of these with a focus on the special requirements and limits of embedded hosts that access USB storage devices.

A design engineer who's task it is to design a USB based memory subsytem has options. He or she can contact various device manufacturers, request data sheets, and demo or development boards. This step will be needed. Next is to prototype several such devices, to create software drivers, and to debug the hardware and software. One could "google" for sources, and start there, or... One could purchase Jan's book and get a head start with both hardware selection AND with software driver development.

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