While the opportunity is clear for testing manufacturers, the path to get there is onerous. Measurement and sensing expertise will be critical, and these companies are specialists in chemistry, not electronics and complex signal chains. So while recognizing the signature of a virus may come quickly, building products such as a potentiostat or high sensitivity fluorescence detector will take longer.
The solutions these manufacturers design using discrete components, like those on the market today, will require more components and greater size and also be more expensive and less flexible than integrated, software-defined solutions.
Partnering with a company like Analog Devices—whose expertise encompasses both discrete and integrated, precision optical and electrochemical solutions—can help testing providers focus on what they do best: the science. Meanwhile, the IC partner delivers integrated, future-proofed solutions that help them to get to market faster, at lower cost, and with superior offerings that can rapidly adapt to shifting market needs.