Akoustis, an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, has announced that it has received a new development order for a Wi-Fi 6E/7 XBAW filter solution for the access point market from a leading Asian RF front-end module maker. Akoustis will help design and develop filters for this new customer, with qualified parts expected in the first half of calendar 2024.
Akoustis will help develop two new Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 XBAW filter solutions, leveraging its existing designs, for integration into the front-end modules of this new customer. Headquartered in Asia, this new customer is a leading RF front-end module maker for Wi-Fi applications and plans to enhance its product portfolio through the addition of BAW technology into its Wi-Fi 6E/7 products. Akoustis was chosen due to its design capability as well as its expanding, high-performance Wi-Fi BAW product portfolio.
Jeff Shealy, founder and CEO of Akoustis stated, “Our XBAW technology continues to be a popular option for 5G mobile and Wi-Fi customers as they can design proprietary filters for their products using our high quality, high-performance technology.” Mr. Shealy continued, “We expect the number of 5G mobile and Wi-Fi filters that leverage our XBAW technology to expand for the foreseeable future, as well as other filters aimed at many other developing markets.”
Akoustis continues to experience strong demand and a growing sales funnel for its Wi-Fi, 5G mobile, and 5G infrastructure products, including CBRS XBAW filters, as well as its new XBAW and RFMi resonator and oscillator products. During the December 2022 quarter, the Company shipped multiple samples of its new 5G XBAW wafers completed with its advanced wafer-level packaging (WLP) technology. Akoustis continues to add new Wi-Fi design wins, many of which are expected to ramp into production in calendar 2023.
Akoustis is actively delivering volume production of its Wi-Fi 6 and 6E tandem filter solutions, shipping multiple 5G small cell XBAW filter solutions, and delivering initial designs of its new 5G mobile filter solutions to multiple customers, and has entered the market with its new Wi-Fi 7 coexistence XBAW filter solutions. To date, Akoustis has received more than 20 customer design wins for its patented XBAW filter solutions.
Given the rapidly growing sales funnel activity, as well as ongoing interaction with customers regarding expected ramps in 5G mobile, Wi-Fi 6, and Wi-Fi 6E in calendar 2023, the Company is completing the increase to annual production capacity at its New York fab to approximately 0.5 billion filters per year.
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