- Multi-Year Development with DARPA Drives Core BAW Technology Differentiation
- Advanced Single-Crystal Material Delivers Improved Power Handling and Harmonics
- Enables Broader Use Case for BAW Technology in High Power Applications
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 that it has developed a new advanced single-crystal XBAW® material using epitaxial (EPI) aluminum scandium nitride (AlScN) on silicon wafer. This new material was developed with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to scale the XBAW® technology to frequencies up to 18 GHz. The Company plans to begin sampling filters using the new single-crystal material in the current quarter.
Akoustis re-developed its advanced single-crystal nanomaterial that delivers BAW filters with higher power handling and improved harmonics over its existing poly-crystal technology. Higher power handling offers customers the ability to design products with higher transmit power and, consequently, greater range and obstruction penetration. Improved harmonics reduce the unwanted out-of-band spurious emissions that could cause interference or fail FCC and other standards approval. The development of the new single-crystal material relies significantly on many of the Company’s fundamental patents and trade secrets.
Jeff Shealy, founder and CEO of Akoustis, stated, “Producing this new single-crystal material is the culmination of many years of engineering and has been enabled through our strong partnership with DARPA, which has recognized our technology through its continued support.” Mr. Shealy continued, “This new material offers significant improvements over what can be achieved today in our poly-crystal technologies, with advantages in power handling and improved harmonics. We expect this new material will deliver improved performance in BAW across 5G mobile devices, 5G mobile infrastructure, Wi-Fi, automotive, defense and other markets.”
Akoustis continues to experience strong demand and a growing sales funnel for its Wi-Fi, 5G mobile, and 5G infrastructure products, as well as its new XBAW®/SAW resonator and oscillator products, and semiconductor back-end services. During the June quarter, the Company shipped samples of its new 5.6 GHz/6.6 GHz Wi-Fi 6E/7 XBAW® filter products to multiple customers. Akoustis continues to add new Wi-Fi design wins, many of which are expected to ramp into production in calendar 2023.
About Akoustis Technologies, Inc.
Akoustis® (http://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 legacy polycrystalline BAW technology. The Company utilizes its proprietary and patented 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 poly-crystal, single-crystal and other high purity piezoelectric materials and the resonator-filter process technology which enables optimal trade-offs between critical power, frequency and bandwidth performance specifications.
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 registered 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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