Company history

From local magazine to internationally recognized development solution provider. Read highlights from our 20+ year history.

2016: Hexiwear, VisualTFT merged with IDE, redesigned website & shop,

This was the year of Hexiwear — the wearable IoT dev kit we made in partnership with NXP. The Kickstarter campaign for it started in February. The funding goal was reached after two weeks. By the end of the campaign, we had 250% funds. A community quickly sprang up. Hackster.io ran a Hexiwear competition. NXP’s Future Technology Forum in Austin showcased the kit at the keynote presentation. Award season began near the end of the year. Hexiwear won the ECN Impact award, followed by three awards at ARM TechCon, the largest and most important planetary conference about ARM technologies.

The year also saw the release of our highest-priced product yet — XDP Production Burner for SMPS (a specialized industrial programmer developed in collaboration with Infineon). We added another toolchain to our ARM potfolio, for Microchip’s CEC1302 high-security ARM MCUs.

As for existing product lines, we started merging Visual TFT with compilers into one app. The unified solution gave developers a single IDE for designing GUIs and coding the backend. Incredible value.

Meanwhile, our web department was busy reinventing our web presence. Incremental improvements to the website happened throughout the year. We launched the Learn blog for publishing tutorials. A wiki page for product documentation was also created. Finally, near the end of the year, the big reveal: we launched the redesigned website and online shop.

2015: Taking the show on the road

Microchip endorsed mikroBUS™ by placing a socket on their 8-bit Curiosity board. This was a huge step towards making click boards the definitive add-on board standard. The point was further emphasized by Imagination Technologies. They launched a Creator CI40 kit that included clicker and click boards.

In 2015 we also spend a lot of time on tour. We attended Maker Faire Rome as bronze sponsors. Our major reveal for the event was Flip & click — a double-sided click-compatible board modeled after Arduino Due. Flip & click received publicity from the German Make Magazine as well as Atmel (reaching the semi-finals of their online “Maker Madness” voting contest for the most popular dev board.

Besides Rome, we were at several shows in Belgrade. Then n September we hosted our first Distributor meet-up. We welcomed our distributors from all around the world, presenting our plans for the future.

2014: New building, new chapter in MikroElektronika’s history

The first year in our new building, 2014 was the beginning of a new chapter. With 3500 square meters of space, we were finally able to hire more people. We also tripled our production capabilities with two new production lines. With more man and machine power at our disposal, we took on contract development and manufacturing jobs. First we teamed up with relayr to bring the WunderBar. Then we worked together with DSP Robotics to develop the FlowPaw (funded by Kickstarter). We didn’t lose focus of our own products either. We reached the 100 click board milestone (SpeakUp, the speech recognition click board, was the standout). clicker 2 boards were released. The toolchain for Tiva C Series MCUs was completed. Two new global distributors started selling our products: Digikey and We also took time to reminisce: In May we celebrated a decade of compiler development with a month-long campaign during which we honored our top Libstock contributors.

2013: Nominations, Awards, and new boards

The year was marked with frequent visits to the construction site where the new building was slowly taking shape. In between those visits we earned some nominations and awards. At Embedded World in Nuremberg, EasyPIC Fusion was nominated for Best Tool. CEO Nebojsa Matic was proclaimed entrepreneur of the year by Blic, a prominent daily newspaper in Serbia. All the while the company was growing, barely contained by the office space it was in. RS Components and Farnellbecame our global distributors, joining Mouser. This was also the year where mikromedia boards started growing, first with mikromedia+ for STM32 and mikromedia+ for PIC32MX, then with mikromedia 5 for Tiva. We aslo went the other way, releasing smaller development boards: PIC clicker was introduced, a compact starter kit to complement the growing number of click boards. Finally, by the end of the year, we moved into our new HQ, properly marking the occasion.

2012: New employees, STM32, workStation

The year started in 6th gear. Main focus was on employing new people since the workload was increased drastically. In just four months company increased the number of employees by 20%. Libstock community website reached it’s 200th code post. EasyPIC PRO v7 board was released, covering high pin-count PICs. MikroElektronika became an official member of ARM connected. New version of ARM compilers were released, supporting Cortex™-M4 family of Stellaris microcontrollers. In June 2012. company released the entire toolchain for STM32 microcontrollers. MikroElektronika became official third party partner of STmicroelectronics. It was a huge leap forward. New compiler releases, new boards and standalone programmers were forming a complete development circle. This became the company’s new way of doing things. When new vendor is introduced the entire toolchain is released. Number of Click additional boards climbed to 25. New mikromedia boards for enhanced 16-bit dsPIC33EP and PIC24EP MCUs were released as well. EasyPIC v7 for dsPIC30 was introduced, replacing EasydsPIC6. In early July, MikroElektronika released mikromedia workStation v7 board as the first big development platform for mikromedia boards with Microchip microcontrollers. Most of the website was redesigned and new shoppping cart service was introduced. This was a big leap forward in company’s on-line business and marketing.

2011: New building, ARM and PIC32 compilers

In the year when company celebrated its 10th birthday, MikroElektronika had the best results in it’s history. The profit peeked, number of important new cooperation emerged and dozens of new products were released. In March company introduced PIC32 compilers with powerful new SSA optimizations. New hardware products were released almost every week: SmartGLCD, StartUSB for PIC, Ready for PIC, UNI-DS6, MINI-32 and many more. Website was redesigned to a more stylish look. New mikromedia boards for XMEGA and PIC32 were released too. In June company released its first All-Microchip programmer and debugger called mikroProg. With a stylish new look, and powerful electronics it supported over 570 microcontrollers. mikroProg opened a door for new generation of powerful on-board programmers and debuggers that will be introduced later this year with 7th generation boards. In July 7th, Mouser Electronics officially became company’s first worldwide distributor. Office space once again became too small to accept more and more employees, so necessity for a large new building forced company’s CEO to find the best solution as soon as possible. By the end of June MikroElektronika acquired a building in the industrial area with over 3500 square meters of space. It was a huge event and everyone gathered to celebrate deep into the night. In late august a new community website called Libstock was introduced. People were given the infrastructure for sharing and downloading code for free. Company began sharing exclusive libraries on libstock. In October 7th, MikroElektronika introduced its first 7-generation board: EasyPIC v7. It was completely revolutionary, completely redesigned and the audience accepted it instantly. It became a top seller product in the course of just a few weeks. A new mikroBUS standardwas introduced and with it a new generation of accessory boards called Click boards. By the end of 2011. MikroElektronika had a special request from Texas Instruments to redesign it’s Analog System Lab Kit board for universities. ASLK PRO was born. MikroElektronika became official Design partner of Texas Instruments. In December 2011. new Stellaris Toolchain was released, including ARM compilers, EasyMx PRO v7 board, mikroProg programmer and mikromedia board. A fantastic year with a fantastic ending.

2010: Visual GLCD, Visual TFT & mikromedia

This year was an important milestone. The company improved its close cooperation with Microchip and became authorized designed partner. After the success of PIC32MX4 multimedia board, company developed a new brand – mikromedia. Initially there were two – mikromedia for PIC18FJ and dsPIC33. Another multimedia board for PIC32MX7followed. After several months of development, MikroElektronika introduced it’s first additional software for rapid development of GLCD graphical user interfaces – Visual GLCD. Two months later Visual TFTwas introduced too. For a while company knew that it was impossible to have a profitable publishing department because majority of users are switching to online books and other sources of knowledge. Therefore MikroElektronika decided to put most of the books online for free reading.

2009: EasyPIC6 and multimedia boards

With new SMD technology company wanted to introduce 6th generation boards and redesign additional boards to use SMD components too. In the first quarter company released its first PIC32 development board – LV-32MX. In October it announced EasyPIC6, BIGPIC6, EasyAVR6 and BIGAVR6 boards – for the first time with new layout and new SMD components. Since hobbyists and beginners were not so familiar with SMD, the company made sure to provide detailed schematics and manuals with photos of each component in order to show customers that SMD is just as user friendly as through-hole. All compilers were redesigned. New IDE featured docking support, layout and color schemes and new tools. The number of libraries and examples increased dramatically. By the end of the year company released PIC32MX4 multimedia board.

2008: 5th generation boards

The team continued improving existing boards and introducing new ones. New EasyPIC5 and other 5th generation boards that were released contained touchpanel controllers for GLCD and had more elegant design. EasyPIC5 quickly became a top seller and one of the company’s most famous board. New 3.3V boards are added too: LV18FJ and LV24-33A. Company became official TELIT competence center and introduced GSM development tools. MikroElektronika was producing 85 different extra boards compatible with its development boards. It had were 34 distributors worldwide. By the end of the year company released its first PRO compiler – mikroC PRO for AVR and introduced 8051 compilers as well. Due to large increase in sales company focused on expanding production and introducing SMD technology. MikroElektronika acquired first “Europlacer” pick and place machine. A new era of SMD was about to begin.

2007: Corporate MikroElektronika emerged

Company overgrew its headquarters in 2005. and there was no space left in Balkanska street. People were close together, most of them in one room. There was a spirit of team work, ideas were bouncing back and forth which created a powerful motivated team capable of fast and creative development. Some individuals emerged as leaders and some left the company because they couldn’t follow. Matic recognized that it was hard to keep the entire company under control of one man, so he decided to create departments which naturally emerged in the course of company’s 6 year history. When company moved to eight times bigger new office space in Visegradska street Matic handpicked new department leaders and promoted them to the new position. He knew what burden they would have to carry, so he apologized in advance to each one of them. Eight departments were formed: Production, Software, Hardware, Publishing, Sales, Marketing, Distribution and Support. Matic remained CEO and chairman of the board. During this time, Support Desk service was introduced on the website and the number of additional boards rises to 44. Company had total of 30 employees.

2006: mikroICD debugger developed in-house

MikroElektronika became official consultant of Phillips company and released first ARM development board – EasyARM. Website was redesigned and moved to a current domain – www.mikroe.com. For the first time it contained special offers – unique bundles of compilers and boards at special discount prices. Company acquired its first through-hole soldering machine – ERSA 250. Up to this moment all assembly and soldering was done by hand. New machine increased the production capacity almost ten times. Team kept the spirit of in-house innovations constantly active. The result of this were 4th generation boards. For the first time in the world one company released proprietary in-circuit debugger for Microchip PIC and dsPIC microcontrollers. MikroElektronika boards were now equipped with mikroICD, fast USB 2.0 in-circuit debugger which was also supported in new version of PIC and dsPIC compilers. The list of additional boards grew to 28. Company had a special deal to create compilers for a unique controller – voice recognition module RSC-4X. It lead to mikroC for RSC-4X compiler and EasyVR stamp development board. The board was so interesting that customers kept asking about it long after it was discontinued. Matic spend most of his time dealing with the design of the new office space that company bought in the city center. The era of Balkanska street was coming to an end.

2005: 2nd and 3rd generation boards

Second generation boards with on-board USB programmers included EasyPIC2, BIGPIC2, PICPLC6, PICPLC16, EasyAVR2, Easy51 and UNI-DS. BIGPIC2 had MCU cards which enabled the use of high pin count PICs. MikroElektronika developed first dsPIC boards: EasydsPIC, dsPICPRO and dsPICProg as a standalone programmer. First C compiler for PIC was released. It was called mikroC for PIC. mikroPascal for dsPIC followed. Company had a collection of 13 additional boards in offer. All this happened in the first 8 months of the year. In the meantime, team frantically worked on the next, third generation. It was released in December 2005. Third generation featured USB 2.0 programmers and new form factors. mikroBasic for dsPIC was introduced as well as mikroPascal and mikroBasic for AVR compilers. Company grew to have 11 distributors by the end of the year.

2004: Introducing Compilers

More people were employed. Website had been redesigned and English version became dominant. MikroElektronika became an official third-party partner of Microchip and Cypress. New team members started developing compilers. Later that year first mikroPascal for PIC was released, followed by mikroBasic for PIC. It was the beginning of software department. Compilers were rich in examples and libraries and incorporated Matic’s philosophy of making things simple for engineers, beginners and hobbyists. Hardware guys worked hard on designing second generation boards, which were scheduled for release in 2005.

2003: EasyPIC and first USB programmers

This year was a milestone. The first USB PIC programmer in the worldwas developed by MikroElektronika. It was called PIC Flash. MikroElektronika also became Microchip registered consultant. PICPLC and PIC-Acquisition boards were released. PSoC development board and proprietary programmer were also added to collection. First big orders from abroad were placed at the beginning of the year. Payment via 2CO service was introduced on the website. When Lextronic, who became company’s distributor in France, ordered $5000 worth in boards, the entire team had a huge party. The same night Matic had a car accident and ended up in a hospital for three weeks. He was so bored that he decided to write a new book. “Introduction to PLC controllers”, as he called it, instantly became a top seller. As the year drew to a close things heated up. The company released its first EasyPIC and BIGPIC boards, as well as first Add-on boards.

2002: More boards, partnership with Cypress

MikroElektronika introduced new boards for new microcontroller architectures. 8051-DS, AVR-Easy and UNI-DS (first universal development board) were released. Matic wrote a new book called “Basic programming language for PIC”. During the course of writing of this book company started seriously considering that it should develop its own compilers. Cypress announced MikroElektronika as a registered consultant for PSoC. New PSoC boards were on the way.

2001: Magazine shut down, company emerged

Matic and his early team mates were more and more involved in development board designs, and writing books along the way. There was little time left for the magazine. After finishing the entire seventh issue of the magazine alone, typing every letter and editing each photo, Matic decided it was time to shut down the magazine and completely focus on development boards. He spent his entire savings to register a company he named after the magazine – MikroElektronika. The new era had begun, and he couldn’t dream where it would take him and how big the company will become. One of the first boards developed by the company was PIC-Easy – the next generation board for popular PIC microcontrollers.
Company founded in 2001