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In The Beginning...
Basic Micro was founded in 1996 by two partners. The concept was simple, make easy-to-use products that can be used to create, inspire and teach! For over 14yrs Basic Micro has been catering to artists, hobbyists, students and designers allowing them to control their world.

In 1996 we set out to make our first product, a PICmicro programmer. It was one of the first low cost PICmicro programmers available. This later evolved into a product called ISP-PRO which was the only in circuit capable programmer for under $60. This programmer was very successful and over 10,000 units were built. But as with all things, nothing last forever. Microchips entrance into the market of PICmicro programmers made the ISP-PRO obsolete. It was a nice run while it lasted.

Around the same time of the ISP-PRO, MBasic was born. It was the first BASIC compiler for PICs that had a fully functional IDE and graphical debugger. Around 2001 and after several years of MBasic development we decide to try a new approach to making microcontrollers more friendly with the introduction of the BasicATOM.

The BasicATOM was a success and with this success we decided it was time to expand it to new more powerful processor families. Oddly enough so did someone else and we were approached by Renesas (Hitachi) to build a new BasicATOM around one of their processors. The BasicATOM Pro was born. The BasicATOM Pro quickly found its way into robotics. With 32bit hardware based math, its well adapted for the demanding requirements of robotics.

Present
Basic Micro continues to innovate by creating new products that make microcontrollers and robotics not only easy to use, but fun!

Operations
Basic Micro operates a production facility in Vista, California. All our products are manufactured in the USA. We also operate a small office in Shenzhen, China. Our China office is mainly for part sourcing. However for quality reasons we still use many parts from places like Digikey, Jameco and Mouser. Most all of our employees are virtual and located in the Temecula, California area. We believe in being green and using our local work force. Some of the ways we contribute to the global green movement is by staying virtual. It dramatically reduces our carbon footprint. We also produce all of our PCB using gold plating. This makes all Basic Micro products highly recyclable. We believe the benefits far out weigh the additional cost.

Customers
Since 1996 Basic Micro customers have placed their trust in our products by applying them in a wide range of uses. You can find Basic Micro products in art and museum exhibits, monitoring control valves on offshore oil rigs, wirelessly controlling remote cameras in the Australian outback or even exploring the oceans in submersible vehicles.

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