- New Customer is Akoustis’ Fifth Active 5G Mobile Engagement, Which Includes Three Tier-1 Customers
- New Filter is for 5G RF Front-End Modules for Radio Bands with Challenging Coexistence Requirements
- XBAW Filter Products Will Use Akoustis’ Internally Developed WLP for Integration into Customer’s 5G RF Front-End Modules
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 signed a statement-of-work (SOW) / development order from a leading tier-1 RF module maker and filter provider for a new 5G mobile XBAW™ filter.
The new filter will be developed using Akoustis’ state-of-the-art XBAW™ process technology and new in-house wafer-level-packaging (WLP) capability at its manufacturing facility in Canandaigua, NY. Akoustis will be responsible for the design, modeling, fabrication, assembly, and characterization of this new filter according to the customer’s specifications.
Jeff Shealy, founder and CEO of Akoustis, stated, “This new tier-1 customer represents a significant opportunity for Akoustis given its market position in smartphones and other mobile devices.” Mr. Shealy continued, “The successful development and delivery of this filter will enable our customer to address a high-volume 5G mobile band with leading BAW coexistence capability. Moreover, our new WLP will allow the filters to be fully integrated into the customer’s 5G RF front-end modules.”
Akoustis is actively delivering volume production of its Wi-Fi 6 tandem filter solutions, shipping multiple 5G small cell XBAW™ filter solutions, delivering initial designs of its new 5G mobile filter solutions to multiple customers and is now entering the market with its new Wi-Fi 6E coexistence XBAW™ filter solutions.
Given the rapidly growing sales funnel activity as well as ongoing interaction with customers regarding expected ramps in 5G mobile, Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E in calendar 2022, the Company is increasing the annual production capacity at its New York fab to approximately 500 million filters per year.
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 incumbent polycrystalline BAW technology deployed today. The Company utilizes its proprietary and patented XBAWTM 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, high-purity and single-crystal 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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