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Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook by Lewin Edwards

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CHAPTER 2

Microcontrollers, Single-Board Computers and Development Tools

2.1 The Division of Labor

The designer of a complex multi-level project such as the E-2 must frequently juggle the following conflicting requirements, among others:

image Hard real-time response requirements of sections of the overall system.

image The hardware and firmware complexity of interfacing special peripherals such as cameras, Ethernet networking, 802.11b wireless networking, and others.

 Bill-of-materials costs for both prototypes and production pieces.

 Development time. ...

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