Akoustis Announces First Commercial 5G Network Infrastructure Design Win

Akoustis Technologies has announced its first commercial design win for XBAW filters in 5G network infrastructure and first volume shipment to a tier-1 small cell customer in the March 2020 Quarter.  

Akoustis’ XBAW filters have been qualified in the initial build of 5G small cell base station systems for characterization and final customer acceptance. Akoustis completed first volume shipments in the March quarter and expects to increase shipments against the current commercial volume order during the June quarter. This tier-1 OEM plans to ramp volume production in the September quarter. This represents the first design win of XBAW filters outside of the military/defence market and the first volume shipment of filters for the 5G small cell network infrastructure market.

In addition to this initial RF filter, Akoustis has completed development for a second 5G filter band and expects to receive a second volume order from the same customer by the end of the June 2020 quarter. Both filters operate in the sub-6 GHz, ultra-high frequency bands used for 5G networks and are initially targeting the rapidly growing market in Asia. XBAW filters are uniquely suited to serve the 5G network infrastructure market given the ability to handle high frequency, wide bandwidth and high power.  

Jeff Shealy, Founder, and CEO of Akoustis, stated that Akoustis benefits from its internal design and manufacturing (IDM) business model during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as they control their supply chain to produce the XBAW RF filters. Through a combination of remote work authorization, work site isolation from visitors, expanded shift operation and individual discipline, they are supporting social distancing while maintaining a highly productive work environment as they have moved to two shifts in their NY Wafer Fab. Overall, they continue supporting product R&D and customer shipments while managing delays from their component suppliers and offshore packaging supply chain.

Mr. Shealy continued that their first 5G design win and commercial shipment represents an enormous commercial milestone, particularly given the challenging pandemic environment. This initial XBAW filter transitioned from design to design-win and first volume shipment in approximately six months, a testament to our team and their tireless efforts. 

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 introduced several new filters over the past twelve months including a 5.6 GHz Wi-Fi filter (AKF-1256), a 5.2 GHz WiFi filter (AKF-1252), a 4.9 GHz band n79 filter for small cell network infrastructure, a 3.8 GHz filter (AKF-1938), five S-Band filters for defense phased-array radar applications, and a 3.6 GHz filter for the CBRS 5G infrastructure market. The company is also developing several new filters for the sub-7 GHz bands targeting 5G mobile devices, network infrastructure, Wi-Fi CPE and defense markets.

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