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Akoustis Announces Its First Tandem 5.2 GHz / 5.6 GHz WiFi Filter Pre-Production Order from a New Tier-1 SoC Customer

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Charlotte, N.C., May 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS) (“Akoustis” or the “Company”), a designer and manufacturer of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced today it has received its first pre-production order from a new Tier-1 global system-on-chip (SoC) maker for Akoustis’ tandem 5.2 GHz / 5.6 GHz WiFi coexistence filters for a reference design targeting tri-band WiFi customer premise equipment (CPE).

Akoustis expects to ship pre-production filters to this multibillion-dollar SoC customer for evaluation and approval in the September quarter. This new customer is the third SoC maker to order WiFi filters for possible inclusion in a reference design, with the first two ordering 5.2 GHz filters in late CY18 and early CY19.

Akoustis’ 5.2 and 5.6 GHz filters operate in tandem to create the world’s first BAW coexistence filter solution for tri-band WiFi equipment, offering a significant size advantage over existing dielectric resonator filters with up to 23 times smaller footprint. The filters provide low insertion loss, meet the demanding coexistence rejection specifications, and can be surfaced mounted.

Jeff Shealy, Founder and CEO of Akoustis, stated, “We are thrilled to announce our first pre-production order for our tandem 5.2 GHz / 5.6 GHz WiFi XBAW™ filters from a new customer which represents our third SoC customer. Both WiFi filters leverage our patented XBAW™ filter process and utilize our backend supply chain." Mr. Shealy continued, “Akoustis is currently sampling its high performance 5.2 GHz and 5.6 GHz filters to multiple leading WiFi SoC and OEMs while preparing to deliver these products in high volume quantities.” 

The reference design is expected to be compatible with both 2X2 and 4X4 multi-user multiple-in, multiple-out (MU-MIMO) architectures for the 802.11ax WiFi radio standard. Regarding filter content for tri-band architectures, a 2X2 MU-MIMO CPE requires four 5 GHz filters and a 4X4 requires eight 5 GHz filters.

Akoustis’ filters are designed and manufactured using the Company’s patented XBAW™ process and manufactured in the Company’s Si-MEMS Wafer Fab located in Canandaigua, NY. The Company has multiple patents-pending related to its 5.2 GHz and 5.6 GHz filter architecture, performance specifications and module configuration.

Akoustis has introduced several new filters over the past twelve months using its proprietary XBAW manufacturing process including a 5.6 GHz WiFi filter, a 5.2 GHz WiFi filter, a 3.8 GHz filter for defense phased-array radar applications, a 3.6 GHz filter for the CBRS infrastructure market and Band 25 downlink and uplink filters for LTE infrastructure. 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® (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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Tom Sepenzis
Akoustis Technologies
VP of Corporate Development & IR
(980) 689-4961

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

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