News | January 7, 2019

Akoustis Announces Order For 5.2 GHz BAW RF Filters From Second WiFi SoC Customer

  • AKF-1252 XBAW Filter to be Evaluated for Reference Design in 802.11ax Tri-Band WiFi CPE Platforms
  • Marks Third Purchase Order for 5.2 GHz WiFi BAW Pre-Production Filters

Charlotte, NC (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS) (“Akoustis” or the “Company”), an integrated design and manufacturer (IDM) of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced it has received a pre-production order for its 5.2 GHz XBAW™ filters from a leading WiFi system-on-chip (SoC) company. The filters will be evaluated for a reference design targeting tri-band WiFi customer premise equipment (CPE).

The reference design is expected to be compatible with both 4x4 and 8x8 multi-user, multiple-in, multiple-out (MU-MIMO) architectures for the 802.11ax WiFi radio standard. Tri-band MU-MIMO architectures demand significantly higher filter content than dual band architectures. A 4x4 MU-MIMO design requires a total of 12 filters; four 2.4 GHz, four 5.2 GHz, and four 5.6 GHz filters, meanwhile an 8x8 design requires a total of 24 filters; eight 2.4 GHz, eight 5.2 GHz, and eight 5.6 GHz filters. The AKF-1252 was chosen for evaluation in this reference design due to its high performance and significantly smaller size relative to incumbent dielectric resonator filters. This initial shipment is for evaluation and approval, which is expected by the end of Q2 CY19.

This is Akoustis’ third purchase order for its 5.2 GHz WiFi BAW filters. Akoustis has received pre-production orders for the AKF-1252 from a separate multi-billion-dollar Tier-1 WiFi SoC company as well as a distribution partner. In addition, the Company has shipped pre-production AKF-1252 XBAW filters to be evaluated for reference designs targeting tri-band WiFi applications to a multi-billion-dollar Tier-1 WiFi OEM.

Jeff Shealy, Founder and CEO of Akoustis, commented, “Customer interest in our high-frequency XBAW products is increasing as highlighted by this second major WiFi SoC maker evaluating our filters for upcoming 802.11ax platforms. We currently have multiple companies evaluating pre-production filters for inclusion in new product designs across multiple markets.” Mr. Shealy, continued, “Multiple SoC customers should provide Akoustis the opportunity to work with a greater number of OEM and ODM customers if our product is included on reference designs, which could accelerate our WiFi revenue opportunity later in the year and beyond.”

The AKF-1252 is a high performance, ultra-small passband 5.2 GHz BAW RF filter designed for use in tri-band WiFi router applications. The filters are produced using Akoustis’ proprietary XB1 single-crystal BAW manufacturing process, which delivers high-performance RF filter solutions for frequencies up to 7 GHz to address critical RF filter requirements for existing and next generation communications applications, including the emerging 5G mobile network. The AKF-1252 filter is up to 23 times smaller than existing dielectric resonator (DR) solutions in the market, making it increasingly compelling given the introduction of MIMO and MU-MIMO architectures and the rapid adoption of small form-factor end user devices.

The 5.2 GHz AKF-1252 pairs with Akoustis’ recently announced 5.6 GHz AKF-1256 XBAW WiFi filter - the two working in tandem to deliver the world’s first BAW coexistence micro-filter solution for 5 GHz tri-band WiFi.

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 design and manufacturing (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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