Akoustis Signs Strategic Purchase Agreement with New Tier-1 OEM for WiFi 6E

Thursday, 11. June 2020 13:00

– Includes Development of Multiple XBAW RF Filters for Multi-Band MU-MIMO Architectures –
– Next Generation Filters Target Newly Approved 6 GHz Unlicensed Spectrum for High-Speed Enterprise WiFi 6E Applications –
– Company Expects Delivery of First Samples by December 2020 –

Charlotte, N.C., June 11, 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 that it has signed a strategic purchase agreement with a new tier-1 enterprise WiFi OEM customer for multiple, new WiFi 6E XBAWTM filters operating above 5 GHz.

The new filters will operate within the existing 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum as well as the 5.9-7.1 GHz bands recently approved by the FCC for next generation WiFi 6E CPE devices. Product design for each of these new filters has begun and Akoustis expects to deliver first samples by December 2020 for characterization and final customer acceptance. The XBAWTM filters target inclusion in enterprise-class WiFi CPE products that are expected to go into production in the first half of calendar 2021.

Akoustis is developing these new XBAWTM filters in parallel to standard WiFi 6E filters currently in development for catalog customers, including the 5.5 GHz filter  module announced on June 8, 2020.

Jeff Shealy, founder and CEO of Akoustis, commented, “We are excited to add our fifth tier-1 engagement. We believe there is a significant opportunity for our patented XBAW™ filters in the emerging WiFi 6E filter market. Our initial success with our first-to-market tandem 5.2 and 5.6 GHz WiFi filters has led to significant interest for our WiFi 6E filters for the newly unlicensed 6 GHz spectrum.”  Mr. Shealy continued, “As WiFi 6E emerges, customers are looking to make use of the new spectrum utilizing multiple architectures, which is driving the demand for new high-frequency, ultra-wide bandwidth BAW filters. Akoustis remains positioned to be a valued supplier to this developing high-volume commercial market.”

The FCC announced in late April the approval of 5.925-7.125 GHz for unlicensed use, which is the largest spectrum addition since the FCC allocated unlicensed spectrum for WiFi in 1989.  The next generation of WiFi that is expected to use these new frequency bands is called WiFi 6E.  This approval will create another significant new band, or combination of bands, over the next several years.

In advance of the April FCC approval, Akoustis has been developing filters to support the emerging WiFi-6E market. The Company has been active in developing wide bandwidth piezoelectric materials, device models, RF filter designs and has filed key patents surrounding its approach to WiFi 6E RF filters.

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 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® (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 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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Contact:

COMPANY:
Tom Sepenzis
Akoustis Technologies
VP of Corporate Development & IR
(980) 689-4961
tsepenzis@akoustis.com

The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert B. Prag, President
(858) 794-9500
bprag@delmarconsulting.com

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