- Positions Akoustis to Win 5.2 and 5.6 GHz Tandem Filter Sockets with Potential Ramp in CY20
- 5.6 GHz XBAW Filter Shipment Comes One Month After Recently Announced Design Lock
Charlotte, NC (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS) (“Akoustis” or the “Company”), an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced today it has shipped the Company’s first pre-production 5.6 GHz XBAW coexistence filters to a tier-1 WiFi OEM.
This tier-1 OEM has already evaluated Akoustis’ 5.2 and 5.6 GHz XBAW tandem filter samples for inclusion in tri-band MU-MIMO designs. The OEM is targeting insertion of Akoustis XBAW filters in a new WiFi consumer premise equipment (CPE) design for delivery and acceptance by the OEM’s customer. If Akoustis is awarded the design win, this CPE is expected to incorporate XBAW filters and launch into production in CY20.
The tandem 5.2 and 5.6 GHz coexistence micro-filters are ideally suited for the 5 GHz WiFi bands. They offer significant size reduction and higher performance compared to the incumbent dielectric resonator filters used in nearly all tri-band WiFi CPE today. With this shipment, Akoustis is the first manufacturer to deliver a commercially available tandem 5 GHz WiFi BAW filter solution.
Jeff Shealy, Founder and CEO of Akoustis stated, “With the recent design lock of our 5.6 GHz WiFi filter, we are now focused on converting our existing WiFi OEM, ODM and RFFE filter sampling into pre-production orders and manufacturing design wins.”
Mr. Shealy continued, “As we now offer the world’s first tandem 5 GHz WiFi BAW micro-filter solution, we have an opportunity to penetrate high-volume WiFi filter markets, with the goal of delivering significant revenue growth over the next 12 months and beyond.”
The 5.6 GHz XBAW WiFi filter features:
- Low insertion loss passband filter
- Wide bandwidth covering entire 345 MHz UNII 2C+3 passband
- High rejection enables co-existence with adjacent WiFi UNII bands
- Single ended Tx/Rx ports
- High power rating, maximum +30dBm
- Ultra small form factor 2.5mm x 2.0mm x 0.9mm
- Performance over -40C to +85C
- RoHS compliant, Pb-free package
The 5.6 GHz filter is designed and manufactured using the Company’s patented XBAW process and manufactured in the Company’s Si-MEMS Wafer Fab located in Canandaigua, NY.
Akoustis has introduced several new filters over the past twelve months including a 5.6 GHz WiFi filter, a 5.2 GHz WiFi filter, a 3.8 GHz filter for defense phased-array radar applications, a 3.6 GHz filter for the CBRS infrastructure market and Band 25 downlink and uplink filters for LTE infrastructure. The Company is also developing several new filters for the sub-7 GHz bands targeting 5G mobile device, network infrastructure, WiFi CPE and defense markets.
About Akoustis Technologies, Inc.
Akoustis® (www.akoustis.com) is a high-tech BAW RF filter solutions company that is pioneering next-generation materials science and MEMS wafer manufacturing to address the market requirements for improved RF filters - targeting higher bandwidth, higher operating frequencies and higher output power compared to incumbent polycrystalline BAW technology deployed today. The Company utilizes its proprietary XBAW manufacturing process to produce bulk acoustic wave RF filters for mobile and other wireless markets, which facilitate signal acquisition and accelerate band performance between the antenna and digital back end. Superior performance is driven by the significant advances of high-purity, single-crystal and associated piezoelectric materials and the resonator-filter process technology which drives electro-mechanical coupling and translates to wide filter bandwidth.
Akoustis plans to service the fast growing multi-billion-dollar RF filter market using its integrated device manufacturer (IDM) business model. The Company owns and operates a 120,000 sq. ft. ISO-9001:2015 certified commercial wafer-manufacturing facility located in Canandaigua, NY, which includes a class 100 / class 1000 cleanroom facility - tooled for 150-mm diameter wafers - for the design, development, fabrication and packaging of RF filters, MEMS and other semiconductor devices. Akoustis Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in the Piedmont technology corridor near Charlotte, North Carolina.
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