Study Guide: Break Away with Intel(R) Atom™ Processors: Architecture Migration Activities

Architecture Migration Activities
Book Type: Intel Press Books
Category: Programming

Learning involves the acquisition of knowledge through the experiences of research, instruction, and practice. Each opportunity for experience increases the depth of understanding and mastering of the subject matter. This study guide can be the companion to the book “Break Away with Intel® Atom™ Processors: A Guide to Architecture Migration” or can be used in independent study or supplemental material for professional development. It provides exercises and hands-on labs using practical applications to supplement the knowledge learned in the core technology book.

Contributers include

ROBERT MUELLER completed his MSc in Physics with Computer Science at the University of Kaiserslautern, and started his career in 2000 with CAD-UL as an applications engineer for embedded systems software tools. At Intel since 2001, Robert continued this focus as a software engineer for the mobile and embedded space, supporting development tools and debug environment requirements targeting Intel® XScale™ microarchitecture, Intel® Core, and Intel® Atom processor based designs.

PAUL FISCHER is a technical consulting engineer for Intel’s Developer Products Division, supporting mobile and embedded development tools. He holds an MS in Engineering from UC Berkeley and a BSME from the University of Minnesota. Paul’s professional interests include the application of software to real-time and embedded systems.

JIM PELNER is a firmware architect for Intel’s Ultra Mobile Group, and earned a BS in EECE from Marquette University and an MS in EECE from Purdue University. Throughout his 12 year career at Intel, Jim has developed highly embedded Intel architecture firmware as well as personal computer BIOS.

JENNY PELNER is a firmware architect in Intel’s Intelligent Systems Group.  She earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas.  She has over 17 years of firmware experience ranging from developing fast boot solutions on embedded platforms such as set-top boxes to supporting desktop processor and chipset silicon validation BIOS.

This Study Guide is a much awaited companion to the Break Away with Intel Atom Processors for my microcomputer course. With class activities and exercise quiz problems every chapter, as well as labs and application examples, it provides hands-on and active learning experiences for students to learn about low-power applications on Intel Atom processors.  

Charles Kim, Associate Professor, Howard University

The Break Away Study Guide leads one through both the depth and breadth of the Atom processor architecture, challenging one with realistic activities, and guiding one through the technical details with practical questions and realistic problem sets. Users of this study guide will appreciate the general introduction to concepts and detailed application of those concepts to the Atom processor design.  

Jack Bockelman, Program Director Embedded Systems Engineering Technology, Oregon Institute of Technology

“This study guide is an essential component to fully understanding and utilizing all of the complex material presented in Break Away with Intel Atom Processors.  The original material is applied in an educationally productive manner to allow the rehearsal of vital terminology, concepts, and paradigms in order to bring the reader up-to-speed on the best usage of Intel Atom processors in the embedded systems market.  Both of these books are vital information not only for embedded engineers, but also for systems analysts and systems architects.  I highly recommend both of these books and the Intel Atom processor.”    

Shaun Case, BSIS, MPH Research Associate Infectious Disease Modeling Group, Animal Population Health Institute Colorado State University

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About the Author(s)

Lori Matassa

Lori M. Matassa is a platform software architect in Intel's Intelligent Systems Group and holds a BS in Information Technology. She has over 25 years experience developing embedded software for platforms including mainframe and midrange computer system peripherals, security, storage, and embedded communication devices. In recent years at Intel she has led Intel's embedded software enablement of multi-core technology and architecture migration.

Max Domeika

Max Domeika is a tools architect at Intel. Max earned a BS in Computer Science from the University of Puget Sound, an MS in Computer Science from Clemson University, and an MS in Management in Science and Technology from Oregon Graduate Institute. Max is the author of Software Development for Embedded Multi-core Systems from Elsevier. In 2008, Max received an Intel Achievement Award for innovative compiler technology that aids in architecture migrations.