CRI Electronics has been working for national electronics for more than half a century. The Institute was founded on August 19, 1964 when the following executive order of the State Committee of electronics USSR (№ 185) was signed. The initiative to set up a unique information analysis complex, intended to measure the performance of current tendencies in the industry, came straightforwardly from the USSR Cabinet, confirmed by decree № 1632 dated August 6, 1964.

Since the first days of its existence a newly established Institute undertook a very difficult and responsible task of managing national electronic industry, providing support of a full product life cycle of electronic devices ( from scientific research and development to their manufacture phase) and contributing to the overcoming of economic challenges, preventing its successful development.

CRI Electronics started to collect carefully and publish the outcomes of scientific activity of the best industry experts. The journal Issues of radio electronics began its history since 1972, in 1968 the journal became “Experience exchange in radio industry” that is issued nowadays under the name “Radio industry (Russia)”.

The Institute promptly monitored not only national but the world industry trends as well. In order to cover the advanced technological developments in other countries another periodic edition of the Institute was created - “Express-information on foreign electronics”. The journal has been published online since 2003.

The 70s of the twentieth century in the Institute history were associated with active introduction of mathematical methods of information processing based on the use of computer: an automated system of scientific and technical information (ASSTI) "Electronics" was created to process the registration and statistical data coming from the enterprises of the radio electronic industry. In addition, the 1970-th year was associated with the founding of the journal "Electronic Industry", published by the Central Research Institute "Electronics" until 2014.

During the 1980s the history of the Institute was associated with the development of technological base for the support of sectoral automated control system and methodology of its usage. For the following purposes a data processing center was set up and the regulatory documents were established for standardization of the operations.

The 90s were the most complicated period both for Russia and for CRI Electronics as well. The Institute had to survive the transition from planned to market economy and, having adjusted to the new conditions, choose the optimal way for the further development that would let it stay the course and continue managing the industry, redounding to its getting out of the crisis.

A new stage of development started in the 21-st century. The Institute went on coordinating the industry enterprises, participating in the electronic industry, and assisted in information and consultative support of the electronic Department of Russian Ministry of industry and trade and State Corporation “Rostec”.

For a long period of time CRI Electronics has accumulated and processed the information about major technical and economic performance indicators of the industry key enterprises. The data on the nomenclature of electronic products, produced in Russia, were collected here, as well as the plans of the manufacturing plants to expand the production volumes. At the same time, the main goal of the analytical research, conducted by the Institute, was the development of strategic decisions, determining the efficiency of the entire domestic electronics development in the long term.

Nowadays CRI Electronics prepares the development strategies for both individual enterprises and the electronic industry on the whole. The Institute brings in the special-program tools of the industry development, taking control over the implementation of program activities and the achievement of targets.

For the recent years CRI Electronics became the leading designer of the special federal programs (SFP) and subprograms:

   •  SFP “Electronics development in Russia”, received the Presidential program status

   •  Subprogram “Development of electronic component database” for 2007-2011

   •  SFP “National technological database” for 2007-2011

   •  SFP “Development of electronic component database and electronics” for 2008-2015

The serious positive changes are associated with the year of 2014 when Alena Fomina took a position of General Director. These changes appeared in improving the organizational structure of the Institute, the staff rejuvenation, the emergence of new promising areas of activity and expansion of the experts’ network, which provides fruitful collaboration both with Russian and foreign sectoral specialists.