- New Filter for Multiple Enterprise-Class Wi-Fi 7 Access Points with MU-MIMO Architectures
- Advanced Single-Crystal Material Delivers Improved Power Handling and Harmonics over Existing Poly-Crystal Materials
- Customer Wi-Fi Routers Expected to Ship First Half CY24
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 shipped samples of a new advanced single-crystal XBAW® filter solution to a tier-1 enterprise-class Wi-Fi access point (AP) customer. The filter targets next-generation enterprise Wi-Fi 7 architectures that enable faster speeds, support more connections, and provide greater adaptability with reliable low latency performance.
Akoustis has completed a re-development of its advanced single-crystal nanomaterials and has created a new process that delivers BAW filters with higher power handling and improved harmonics over its standard poly-crystal technology. Higher power handling offers AP makers the ability to design products with higher transmit power and, therefore, greater range and obstruction penetration. Improved harmonics increase the linearity of the power amplifier in the radio chain, reducing noise in the transmit path.
The customer plans to use the filter in multiple Wi-Fi 7 routers that are expected to begin shipping in the first half calendar 2024. Currently, the routers are expected to ship with 2X2 and 4X4 multi-user, multiple-in-multiple-out (MU-MIMO) architectures, with multiple XBAW® filters per device.
Dave Aichele, EVP of Business Development of Akoustis, stated, “This new technology is being sampled by our top enterprise-class customer for potential use across its future family of Wi-Fi 7 devices.” Mr. Aichele continued, “This new material offers significant improvements in what can be achieved today in our poly crystal technologies, with advantages in power handling and improved harmonics, and allows our customer to further push the boundaries of Wi-Fi performance. We expect this new material to deliver results in BAW across 5G mobile devices, 5G mobile infrastructure, Wi-Fi, automotive, and other markets as we introduce additional single-crystal driven XBAW® filters in the coming years.”
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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