Akoustis Ships Two New 5G XBAW RF Filters to Tier-1 Mobile Customers

Akoustis announced that they have completed the of development and shipping of two additional new 5G XBAW RF filters to Tier-1 mobile customers for handsets and other devices. Akoustis successfully completed the design and prototype shipment of its first 5G mobile XBAW filter to its customer in June 2019 after just two months of development. In July, the company was awarded a follow-on order for the development of two additional new 5G mobile filters in the sub-6 GHz radio frequency spectrum.

The latest announcement marks the completion and shipment of the new 5G XBAW filters targeting mobile devices, achieving the company’s CYQ4 corporate milestone related to the mobile market. Shortly after delivery of the new 5G mobile filters, Akoustis received a follow-on order from its customer for additional samples of the 5G filters. The two filters are expected to ship in early calendar 2020.

With the development of three 5G mobile filters in the UHB sub-6 GHz bands, Akoustis continues to demonstrate its expertise and capability in high-performance coexistence BAW micro filter solutions above 3 GHz. As the sub-6 GHz 5G-NR UHB spectrum resides above 3 GHz, future filter solutions will be needed to resolve coexistence issues in 5G mobile devices. Akoustis has already developed commercial filter products at 3.8 GHz, 4.9 GHz, 5.2 GHz and 5.6 GHz across multiple end markets, proving it can produce BAW filters at the higher frequencies associated with 5G targeting sub-6 GHz spectrum.

Mobile represents the largest potential market for the company by both volume and revenue, with approximately 1.5 billion smartphones shipped in 2018 according to a February 2019 Gartner report. The two new 5G mobile filters are manufactured using the company’s patented XBAW process and manufactured in the Si-MEMS Wafer Fab located in Canandaigua, NY.

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 for defense phased-array radar applications (AKF - 1938), 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, Wi-Fi CPE and defense markets.

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