Akoustis Announces Third 5G Network Infrastructure Filter Product and Ships Samples to Tier-1 Customer

May 08, 2020 07:00 ET | Source: Akoustis, Inc.

– New 5G Band n77 XBAW™ Filter for Small Cell Base Station Applications –
– Expands Product Portfolio to Thirteen XBAW RF Filters –
– Company Expects Second 5G Network Filter Design Win in September Quarter –

Charlotte, N.C., May 08, 2020 (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 its thirteenth RF filter product and shipped design locked samples of a new, wideband 5G small cell network infrastructure XBAWTM filter to an existing tier-1 small cell customer. 

The new filter operates within the emerging 5G Band n77 and is the third 5G filter Akoustis has designed and delivered to its tier-1 small cell infrastructure customer. Akoustis’ XBAWTM filter samples will be used for characterization and final customer acceptance for inclusion in a 5G small cell base station product that is expected to go into production in the second half of calendar 2020. Separately, Akoustis previously completed and shipped a Band n79 XBAWTM filter to this tier-1 customer.  Furthermore, the Company expects to triple the number of customers sampling this new product by the end of the September quarter.

In early April, Akoustis announced its first commercial 5G small cell network infrastructure design win with its tier-1 OEM customer and has started volume shipments. Upon expected contract award, this tier-1 OEM plans to ramp volume production in the September quarter. 

Jeff Shealy, founder and CEO of Akoustis, commented, “We continue to see new RF filter requirements for 5G small cell infrastructure. Our ability to respond to customers’ evolving 5G needs with short cycle-time positions Akoustis as a valuable supplier to this market.” Mr. Shealy continued, “The design lock of this small cell 5G filter is an important addition to our growing product catalog as it covers the bandwidth demands of multiple carriers in one of the fastest growing 5G markets. We see opportunity to ramp production of this new 5G filter in the second half of calendar 2020.”

5G small cell base stations are low power, short range cellular transmission devices, capable of providing extended coverage for consumers, enterprises or to augment cellular coverage for 5G mobile service providers. They offer all the standard characteristics of a traditional tower base station and can handle high data throughput. 5G networks are expected to employ small cells in greater quantity than prior networks to help mitigate the shorter wavelengths associated with higher frequencies.
In a recent report, Zion Market Research estimated the global small cell 5G network market was valued at around $381 million in 2018 and is expected to reach approximately $3.5 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of approximately 37% between 2019 and 2025.

Akoustis’ high frequency, high performance XBAW process and filters are experiencing growing interest as the Company prepares to enter production in multiple markets in calendar 2020, including 5G network infrastructure, high-band WiFi and the phased-array radar applications.

Akoustis has added 13 filters to its product catalog including a 5.6 GHz WiFi filter, a 5.2 GHz WiFi filter, three small cell 5G network infrastructure filters including two Band n77 filters and one Band  n79 filter, a 3.8 GHz filter and five S-Band filters for defense phased-array radar applications, a 3.6 GHz filter for the CBRS 5G infrastructure market and a C-Band filter for the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market. 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® (https://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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