Getting Started with Necto Studio

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Introduction

Necto Studio

Necto Studio is a productive cross-platform integrated developing environment provided by MikroElektronika and is available on Windows, Linux, and macOS. It includes C compilers, mikroSDK 2.0, package manager, and USB or WiFi Debugger capabilities with flexible licensing options. The development environment features intelligent code completion, auto-close brackets, and drag and drop visual elements.

Users can find their favorite Click Board library and working example through the Package Manager. Users will also be notified about new versions of installed packages, and easily update in one click.

MikroElektronika even provides first-time users with the longest time trial on the market - Get fully unlocked, feature-rich NECTO for three months, and explore it to the most delicate details before purchase!

For more information about NECTO Studio, please visit the product page.

mikroSDK

mikroSDK 2.0 makes application code portable and reusable on many different platforms and architectures, with virtually no code changes. It is a collection of open-source software libraries with unified API and software development tools. Everything you need to start developing, and prototyping cross-platform embedded applications, including Click board™ applications and GUIs for embedded devices.

mikroSDK 2.0 is open-source, and it’s natively supported in NECTO Studio. The video below, is a brief overview of how to use the mikroSDK:

Additional Resources:

Required Materials

To get started, users will need a few of items listed below. (You may already have a some of these items; read through the guide and modify your cart accordingly.)

To program a STM32 processor board (recommended) through Necto Studio, users will need a JTAG programmer. Below are programmers that are compatible with the Necto Studio software.

Apple Mac/Linux: Users with a Mac or Linux OS, should purchase the CODEGRIP programmer. The mikroProg is only compatible with Windows PCs.
MIKROE CODEGRIP for STM32

MIKROE CODEGRIP for STM32

PGM-19105
$129.95
MIKROE mikroProg for STM32

MIKROE mikroProg for STM32

PGM-19104
$69.95

Optional Hardware

Users may also need some soldering equipment and a JTAG header to connect the programmer to the board.

Note: Users should verify that the pinout for the programmer and adapter match up to the corresponding pins to avoid damaging their MCU.
Weller WLC100 Soldering Station

Weller WLC100 Soldering Station

TOL-14228
$67.95
2
Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

TOL-09325
$9.95
7
Chip Quik No-Clean Flux Pen  - 10mL

Chip Quik No-Clean Flux Pen - 10mL

TOL-14579
$8.95
4
Header - 2x5 Pin (Male, 1.27mm)

Header - 2x5 Pin (Male, 1.27mm)

PRT-15362
$1.75
Header - 2x5 Pin (Female, 1.27mm)

Header - 2x5 Pin (Female, 1.27mm)

PRT-15363
$1.75
MIKROE 50-100mil Adapter

MIKROE 50-100mil Adapter

PGM-19220
$14.95

Suggested Reading

Like our Qwiic connect system, mikroBUS™ socket is a standardized interface for the MIKROE Click boards™. Click on the banner below for more information.

mikroBUS Logo


For users who aren't familiar with the following concepts, we also recommend reading the following tutorials before continuing.

ARM Programming

How to program SAMD21 or SAMD51 boards (or other ARM processors).

Getting Started with MicroMod

Dive into the world of MicroMod - a compact interface to connect a microcontroller to various peripherals via the M.2 Connector!

Designing with MicroMod

This tutorial will walk you through the specs of the MicroMod processor and carrier board as well as the basics of incorporating the MicroMod form factor into your own PCB designs!

MicroMod mikroBUS™ Carrier Board Hookup Guide

This carrier board takes advantage of the MicroMod, Qwiic, and the mikroBUS™ ecosystems and allows users to take advantage of the growing number of 7 MicroMod processor boards, 83 Qwiic (add-on) boards, and +1100 drop-in Click boards™, which equates to +51M different board combinations. Click to learn more.