Sixth Revision now shipping!
I've developed CD based textbook and simulator packages for the 68HCS12 and 68HC12 which are available via this site.
In 1999, after teaching a microncontroller course using the Motorola 68HC11, I felt that students would be better served by a more modern microcontroller, so I switched to the 68HC12 and more recently the 68HCS12. However there was a problem: no textbook was available, and while there was a free assembler, there was no reasonably priced simulator. It's much easier to learn beginning programming with a simulator than with a debugger on the target hardware!
So over the years I wrote both a textbook, HTML based, and a simulator. I distribute them on CD to my students each term. The original simulator for the 68HC12 I've always distributed for free from my website, and I will continue to do so. But in 2004 I decided to make the CD textbooks and the 68HCS12 simulator available to students and individuals who want to learn these microcontrollers on their own.
The textbooks are hyperlinked for cross references and to the Freescale documentation, and will also launch the simulator for example programs in the text. In addition the textbooks are fully indexed. The 68HCS12 text can be printed, in whole or part, for personal use, using the supplied PDF format file. Printed, softbound copies of this text are also available.
CD Based Instruction Advantages
Many people are nervous about having a CD based text; however, there are many advantages:
- The learning process is enhanced when concepts can be tested immediately. Computer access is needed to either run the simulator or access a development board, so having the text on the computer is convenient. Example programs can be run directly from Microsoft Internet Explorer on the simulator.
- Indexing and hyperlinks allow finding information faster than a printed text. Search engines, now and in the future, such as from Google, Microsoft, Apple, and others can find things virtually instantaneously.
- Even if the book were printed, one would still need to refer to the Freescale manuals, which are all PDF format files.
- Errors in the text are corrected and additional material added without waiting years for a new edition. The material is as fresh as possible when you buy.
- If a printed copy is necessary for personal use, it can be done, in part or whole, without restriction.
- Printed copies of the 68HCS12 textbook are available here, alone or in combination with the CD.
The simulators are written in Java and have been tested under Microsoft Windows 2000 through 8, Red Hat and Ubuntu Linux, and Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.10. The textbook being in HTML and PDF is readable under any of these systems. The included assembler is compiled for Windows but source code is provided which can be compiled for other environments. The include assembler IDE is for Windows only. Running the simulator from the browser has been tested with current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari browsers, with the Java plug-in installed.