CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP
900th Click board™, PLANET DEBUG, NECTO Studio Updates, 8th generation of development boards, NECTO Studio and much more
In 2020 so much has happened, both in our industry and in the world in general. We know it's been a tough year for many people and businesses, and we're very grateful to have had a fantastic year despite everything.
2019 was a year of innovation, but we continued in the same direction. In 2020 we celebrated Fusion's first birthday and added one more development board to this line - Fusion for PIC32 v8 development board. EasyPIC line also got a new addition to the family - EasyPIC PRO v8 development board.
We continued shipping worldwide, making one new product per day, and we keep bringing revolutionary products with unique features and capabilities. Our core values and vision remained the same. And most importantly, we saved our internal processes and the Mikroe family.
NECTO Studio had the biggest update yet, as well as the mikroSDK 2.0 release - the world's first unified SDK to support 8BIT PIC and 32BIT ARM architecture. NECTO Studio is now available for ARM, PIC, and PIC32 architectures.
Our Click board™ portfolio continues to grow rapidly. We released 800th Click board™ in May and celebrated the release of the 900th Click board™ in October with an exciting campaign. With these releases, Click boards™ keep holding the place of the biggest add-on board collection in the world.
When the pandemic started, it left us all surprised and a little bit worried. But, with the perfect organization, we managed to adapt quickly. The whole situation inspired our CEO Neb, and then the Planet Debug was born. We can now say with certainty that this is the most significant invention of 2020, or maybe a decade, but we will let time decide.
We can’t wait to make 2021 even bigger and better. This is just a start!
THE YEAR OF INNOVATION
700th Click board™, CODEGRIP, 8th generation of development boards, NECTO Studio and much more
Epic, memorable and revolutionary are just some of the words that come to mind when it comes to describing our 2019! It was definitely a year of innovation!
This year was full of amazing achievements that are to numerous to mention, but we will give it a go. We have reached a truly impressive milestone – the release of the 700th Click board™, and we continued publishing one new product every day! We plan on maintaining this tempo throughout 2020 so we can guarantee many more products to come.
We also officially launched our Premium Technical Support, the 8th generation of development boards, CODEGRIP – the world’s first ever programmer and debugger over WiFi, EasyPIC v8 development board, Go to Cloud (G2C) Click, various mikromedias ideal for the rapid development of multimedia and gui-centric applications, the MCU Card standard, and NECTO Studio – a phenomenal cross-platform IDE.
Looking forward to what 2020 brings our way, because it is also going to be momentous!
500th Click board™, Design Services, and company expansion2018
This year, we hit the insane 500 Click boards™ milestone! Not only the quantity, but the overall benchmark of the company increased, bringing us an award by the SAM – Mikroe was announced the best employer of the year.
Part of our CEO’s vision was the physical expansion of the company to two more cities. A new department is created, the Design Services, based on the ever-increasing requests for landing our expertize and experience to companies who use our products and codes for prototyping their large projects.
We’ve made new partnerships such as the ST Partner Program with STMicroelectronics, 100 Clicks project with Microchip, and the Avnet released its first shield with mikroBUS™ standard, while the Lextronic provided the Arduino libraries for Mikroe Click boards™!
300 clicks, Visual TFT merged into IDE, more new employees2017
Our worldwide expansion continues. Among our distributors is now Avnet, and the Arrow Electronics is Mikroe global distributor. The total number of distributors worldwide is 104!
The production of our trademark product: click boards™ has flourished. We’ve marked the 300 clicks milestone, and participated in a very stimulating 50 clicks for 50 days event with Microchip. 2017 was the year when the mikroBUS standard started to appear everywhere.
The amazing thing happened this year - we’ve created another standard: the mikroSDK. The software development kit has become widely accepted because it makes application code portable and reusable on many different platforms and architectures, with virtually no code changes. Speaking of innovation, this year also brought the merging of Visual TFT into compiler IDE. It was yet another example of MikroElektronika’s overarching mission: making things simple for engineers.
The company continued the internal work on restructuring and strengthening the capacities through the expansion of the software department. The total number of Mikroe employees reached 93.
Hexiwear, the awards, education and an increased production2016
With the introduction of a revolutionary Hexiwear product, funded through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, this year brought five awards to MikroElektronika and it opened the door for participating in many more maker faires worldwide.
The Hexiwear awards included no-less-than three awards at the ARM TechCon 2016 Innovation challenge! Another recognition the Hexiwear got was the Hackster Maker Madness competition award for the Best for Prototyping development platform, and the ECN IMPACT Award for the Best rapid prototyping tool on the market. The Hexiwear was also featured at the NXP FTF Technology Forum keynote. The huckster.io design contest was launched.
2016 was a very fruitful year for MikroElektronika for the new products and accomplishments. Our Software department has introduced the Kinetis NXP family of MCUs.
A new breed of mikromedia boards optimized for industrial applications – the mikromedia HMI has been another distinguished line of products that marked the year.
The recognition came from the sphere of education, too: the first group of interns completed the program that year. We had hosted a team of students from France for two months, showing them first-hand the complete process of designing and producing click boards. Organized around the idea of letting students execute small projects from start to finish, our internship program makes it all the more significant professional experience for interns.
Our production process got upgraded by acquiring new machines. The new Pick&Place INNEO machine started its operation, doubling the production productivity. The total number of different clicks we ever produced had risen to 250.
Teaming up and new software&hardware solution2015
As the workload steadily increased, the year in front of us was bound to be devoted to the settling in of the new, expanded team, and creating efficient ways to cooperate. Teams were teaming up, individuals were stepping up taking over more of responsibilities, and our overall production was growing each month. We’ve managed to pay the building off entirely!
The major project of 2015 was the FT90X solution - the new set of compilers and development boards for the 32-bit FT90x microcontrollers from FTDI Chip. The solution encompassed the FT90x - a completely new architecture, the development board EasyFT90x v7, the Clicker 2 for FT90x Click board™, and the mikroProg for FT90x as the hardware programmer/debugger designed specifically to support the FT90X solution. Also, the first ARM m7 core MCUs were supported in compilers.
New building, new chapter in Mikroelektronika’s history2014
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.
Nominations, Awards, and new boards2013
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 Farnell became 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.
New employees, STM32, workStation2012
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 shopping cart service was introduced. This was a big leap forward in company’s on-line business and marketing.
New building, ARM and PIC32 compilers2011
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 standard was 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.
Visual GLCD, Visual TFT & mikromedia2010
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 PIC32MX7 followed. 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 TFT was 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.
EasyPIC6 and multimedia boards2009
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.
5th generation boards2008
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, with 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.
Corporate Mikroelektronika emerged2007
Company outgrew 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. 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.
mikroICD debugger developed in-house2006
Mikroelektronika became official consultant to Philips 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.
2nd and 3rd generation boards2005
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) board. It was released in December 2005. Third generation board 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.
We hired even more people, website had been redesigned so that English version becomes the new standard. 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.
EasyPIC and first USB programmers2003
This year was a milestone. The first USB PIC programmer in the world was 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.
More boards, partnership with Cypress2002
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.
Magazine shut down, company emerged2001
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 open 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.
First book and EPIC dev. Board2000
In between two magazine issues, which began to consume much time and energy, Matic and Dragan Andric, his team mate, focused on writing the first book. The title was “PIC microcontrollers”. Matic did the copywriting and Andric wrote code examples in assembly language and MPLAB. The book was a tremendous success, and since then had been reprinted in four 10,000-unit issues. Along with the book, Andric and Matic developed a board which demonstrated every topic that book covered. The board got the name “EPIC”. It had some of Matic’s original designs, such as on-board UART programmer. At that time people had to take microcontrollers away from the board and program them with separate programmers, only to return them to the target board. Matic knew that this was a waste of time and integrated a UART programmer which had a two position switch that could be used to cut off programming lines from the rest of the board during programming. This concept was the foundation for later programmers which used multiplexers to do the same thing.
First PIC tools and a website1999
Mikroelektronika magazine was issued every two months. As the magazine grew to be more and more popular, Matic decided to have an online edition. He started a website with a domain www.MikroElektronika.co.yu. At that time, Microchip microcontrollers began to be more and more popular so he used accumulated knowledge and skills in development board designs to make his first PIC development board. First UART PIC programmers were created alongside.
In May 1998. Matic started a magazine. First issue was a great success. It was printed in 2000 copies and had Word-of-mouth marketing. Most customers were his colleagues and friends. Matic was the sole author of majority of articles, he personally edited photos, schematics and first ads. He did all designs and prepress preparations. He even carried PDF files on 3.5” floppy disks to the printers’ and brought back printed magazines in his bare hands using public transportation. He knew he was up to something big and he was confident of success. He soon had a first employee.
Matic moves to Belgrade1997
Business with 68HC11 development boards kept getting better, and Matic decided to move to Belgrade in March 1997. He resided at his aunt’s home in Balkanska street. Matic always wanted to share his knowledge in a way that even beginners can understand. He has always had his own way of presenting rather complex things in a profoundly simple manner. This is why writing articles about electronics was very something he was good at. Still being an undergraduate and self-employed, he began thinking of starting a magazine.
Student days and 68HC111995
Mikroelektronika was founded by Nebojsa Matic, while he was an engineering student in Novi Sad. He begun developing a board with Motorola 68HC11 microcontroller, which at the time was a dominant MCU. The board had many features such as; stackable “shields” which carried additional memory. Soon after his first board was built, his colleagues showed interest in to purchasing the board for their projects. This was the spark that that ignited Matic’s vision of where MikroElektronika needs to be.