Mikroelektronika

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MikroElektronika
Native name
Микроелектроника
LLC
IndustryElectronics
Founded9 January 2009; 9 years ago (2009-01-09) (Current form)
First founded in 1997
HeadquartersBatajnički drum 23, Belgrade, Serbia
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Nebojša Matić (Owner and director)
ProductsMicrocontroller Development Systems, Accessory Boards, Compilers, Books
RevenueIncrease 4.35 million (2016)[1]
Decrease €0.72 million (2016)[1]
Total assetsIncrease €4.67 million (2016)[2]
Total equityIncrease €4.31 million (2016)[2]
Number of employees
81 (2016)
Websitewww.mikroe.com

MikroElektronika (stylized as MikroE) is a Serbian manufacturer and retailer of hardware and software tools for developing embedded systems. The company headquarters is in Belgrade, Serbia.

Its best known software products are mikroC, mikroBasic and mikroPascal compilers for programming microcontrollers. Its flagship hardware product line is click boards, a range of more than 250 add-on boards for interfacing microcontrollers with peripheral sensors or transceivers. These boards conform to mikroBUS – a standard[3] conceived by MikroElektronika and later endorsed by NXP Semiconductors[4] and Microchip Technology,[5] among others. MikroElektronika is also known for Hexiwear, an Internet of Things development kit developed in partnership with NXP Semiconductors.[6]

History[edit]

Serbian entrepreneur — and current company owner and CEO — Nebojša Matić started publishing an electronics magazine called "MikroElektronika" in 1997.[7] In 2001, the magazine was shut down and MikroElektronika repositioned itself as a company focused on producing development boards for microcontrollers and publishing books for developing embedded systems.

The company started offering compilers in 2004, with the release of mikroPascal for PIC and mikroBasic for PIC — compilers for programming 8-bit microcontrollers from Microchip Technology. Between 2004 and 2015 the company released C, Basic and Pascal compilers for seven microcontroller architectures: PIC, PIC32, dsPIC/PIC24, FT90x, AVR, 8051, and ARM® (supporting STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Mircochip-based ARM® Cortex microcontrollers).

In conjunction with compilers, MikroElektronika kept its focus on producing development boards while gradually ceasing its publishing activities. Its current generation of the "Easy" boards brand was released in 2012. One of the flagship models, EasyPIC Fusion v7 was nominated for best tool at the Embedded World 2013 exhibition in Nurembeg,[8] an important embedded systems industry gathering. Other product lines were introduced as well, including the "mikroProg" line of hardware programmers and debuggers, and the range of sensor and transceiver add-on boards known as click boards.

During this time span the company developed relationships with various semiconductor vendors and distributors. It became an official partner of Microchip Technology, NXP Semiconductors, Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, Imagination Technologies, Telit, Quectel, and U-blox.[9] MikroElektronika also built up its worldwide distributor network by partnering with Digi-Key, Mouser Electronics, Future Electronics, RS Components as well as more than 50 local distributors in all continents.[10]

Responding to rising public interest in the Internet of things, in 2016 MikroElektronika released Hexiwear, a wearable development kit created in partnership with NXP Semiconductors. Hexiwear was funded through Kickstarter.[11] Since its release on the market, it won four industry awards: Best in Show, Reader's choice, and Best IoT product at ARM TechCon 2016 Innovation Challenge,[12] 2016 ECN Impact award,[13] as well as Best for Rapid prototyping at the Hackster Maker Madness competition.[14]

Product lines[edit]

EasyPIC v7 Development Board is the company's leading brand
Mikromedia Boards are suitable for development of multimedia and graphics applications
MikroProg programmer and In-Circuit Debugger supports over 570 Microchip PIC, dsPIC30/33 and PIC32 microcontrollers

MikroElektronika's catalog comprises more than 500 products. The following table lists its main product lines.

Product line Description Representative products
mikroC mikroBasic and mikroPascal compilers Compilers (with Integrated Development Environment) available for 7 microcontroller architectures (PIC, PIC32, dsPIC/PIC32, FT90x, AVR, 8051, and ARM), notable for having more than 500 built-in function libraries, and integration of GUI design tool for small displays. mikroC PRO for ARM
Easy boards Full-featured development boards with onboard programmers. Users can plug different microcontrollers via DIP sockets or specialized PCB cards. EasyPIC v7

(for 8-bit PIC microcontrollers)

click boards 500+ add-on boards with a standardized connector and form factor.

Each board carries a single sensor or transceiver from numerous vendors.

GSM click

LoRa click Weather click

clicker boards Compact rapid prototyping boards with an embedded microcontroller and basic peripherals along with one or two mikroBUS sockets for click boards. clicker 2 for STM32
Ready boards Mid-size development boards with a plastic casing which make it suitable for use as consumer products once programmed. Ready for AVR
MINI boards Small development boards made in DIP-40 form factor, allowing users to add 32-bit processing power to systems originally designed for 8-bit microcontrollers. MINI-M4 for STM32
mikroProg USB 2.0 programmers and debuggers supporting various microcontroller families. mikroProg for PIC, dsPIC, and PIC32
mikromedia boards TFT touchscreen development boards for prototyping embedded GUIs. Equipped with a microcontroller, graphic driver, and numerous peripherals. mikromedia Plus for STM32F7
mikromedia HMI boards TFT boards with optional touchscreen, powered by FTDI Chip microcontrollers and graphic drivers and reduced feature set to make it suitable for use as OEM part. mikromedia HMI 5 inch capacitive

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "БИЛАНС УСПЕХА (2016) - Mikroelektronika d.o.o." apr.gov.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "БИЛАНС СТАЊА (2016) - Mikroelektronika d.o.o." apr.gov.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  3. ^ Official mikroBUS standard specifications published by MikroElektronika
  4. ^ NXP announces mikroBUS-based NFC click board as removing barrier of adoption to NXP NFC technologies
  5. ^ Microchip announces release of its Curiosity development board with mikroBUS sockets for click boards
  6. ^ NXP announces release of Hexiwear
  7. ^ Company history from MikroElektronika's website
  8. ^ embedded AWARD winners and nominees list 2005-2016
  9. ^ Official Partners listed on MikroElektronika's website
  10. ^ Official distributors listed on MikroElektronika's website
  11. ^ Hexiwear Kickstarter page
  12. ^ ARM TechCon official award winners announcement
  13. ^ NXP announces Hexiwear winning ECN Impact award
  14. ^ Maker Madness winners announced on Hackster blog

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