Akoustis Presents Its High-Power, Wideband XBAW RF Filter Technology at the 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Kobe, Japan

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Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS) (“Akoustis” or the “Company”), a manufacturer of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced that Dr. Ramakrishna Vetury presented new power and reliability data on Akoustis’ proprietary XBAW technology at the 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS 2018) earlier today. The conference is being held in Kobe, Japan this week from October 22-25.

As part of the Symposium, Dr. Vetury authored a paper including power and reliability data on the Company’s patented XBAW RF filter technology including a direct performance comparison between single crystal and polycrystalline piezoelectric materials fabricated using the Company’s XB1 process. In the published study, single crystal BAW filters exhibited up to 2.3x higher power handling performance compared to polycrystalline BAW filters. Titled, “High Power, Wideband Single Crystal XBAW Technology for sub-6 GHz Micro RF Filter Applications”, the paper presented metrics demonstrating resonator technology capable of highly reliable, high power, ultra-small form factor high performance RF filter solutions in the sub-6 GHz spectrum. The report was co-authored by Dr. Vetury, Dr. Michael Hodge and Akoustis CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Shealy.

“A unique combination of high thermal conductivity and excellent piezoelectric properties allows us to create a new class of high-power BAW RF filters in the sub-6 GHz spectrum” stated Dr. Jeff Shealy, Founder and CEO of Akoustis. Dr. Shealy continued, “Our XBAW filters demonstrate a unique combination of low loss, high power handling and high frequency performance and offer a 23x size reduction over incumbent RF dielectric resonator filters. We believe our new RF filters are well-positioned for multiple disparate markets, including the emerging 5G infrastructure market, where we have already disclosed two industry engagements.”

In July 2018, Akoustis announced that it completed the qualification of its first generation XBAW wafer technology and the underlying single crystal materials process at its Canandaigua, NY fabrication facility.

Akoustis now has two high-frequency XBAW RF filters in the Company’s catalogue of commercial products: the AKF-1252, the industry’s first commercial, ultra-small passband BAW RF filter for use in 5.2 GHz WiFi applications; and the AKF-1938, a 3.8 GHz high performance, ultra-small passband RF filter with low insertion loss covering 100 MHz of bandwidth, meeting the stringent rejection requirements for radar and RF transceiver applications. Both filters are closely aligned with the emerging 5G mobile frequency spectrum. Recently, the Company announced two RF filter development orders for 5G Infrastructure and a CBRS last mile application. Both programs have upcoming customer deliverables in Q1 CY2019.

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 design and manufacturing (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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Akoustis Technologies
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