The emergence of handheld analyzers came from the need to make testing processes more efficient, cost effective
and safe in various industries. For example,
safety and security; the traditional testing
process was costly and time consuming, with
hazardous chemicals delivered to a laboratory
for analysis and results coming days or weeks
after. With handhelds, a more complete
picture of a sample is formed in real time
since data can be obtained in the field and
answers are delivered immediately.
In history, two major events prompted
the use of handheld analyzers: the fall of
the telecom industry and the rise of Silicon
Valley. Engineers working in telecom brought
their expertise in optical technology to new
industries. And the growing number of
technology startups in Silicon Valley led to
the miniaturization of software-based tools
and consumer electronics. These facts helped
bring handheld technology to more people,
places and industries.
The early 2000s gave rise to the demand
for handheld RF analyzers. These analyzers
were used in the cellular market during large
roll outs of base stations, as these stations
needed to be installed and commissioned.
The goal was to bring them on air within a
The key was IC development and
integration that allowed RF test equipment to
be created in a handheld portable form-factor.
This was accompanied by the development
of smaller, yet more powerful, processors
and batteries. “Anritsu started developing
RF handheld test equipment in the late
Keysight Technologies Inc.