Akoustis Announces New Tier-One Mobile Infrastructure OEM Customer and Purchase Orders for RF Filters

//Akoustis Announces New Tier-One Mobile Infrastructure OEM Customer and Purchase Orders for RF Filters

Akoustis Announces New Tier-One Mobile Infrastructure OEM Customer and Purchase Orders for RF Filters

– Company Receives Development Purchase Order (P.O.) to Deliver Two Key LTE RF Filters –
– Company Receives Additional Place Holder P.O. for 0.5 Million Unit Production Order Upon Successful Testing of Pre-Production Units –
– Company’s Single Crystal BAW RF filter Solutions to address challenging 4G/LTE coexistence requirement –

Charlotte, N.C., May 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS) (“Akoustis” or the “Company”), a manufacturer of patented single-crystal bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced today the Company has received two new purchase orders (P.O.) for two 4G LTE BAW RF filters from a new tier-one mobile infrastructure OEM customer.

The customer provides 4G LTE spectrum solutions for mobile infrastructure applications. The first PO covers development and delivery of pre-production units for evaluation and testing. The second PO is a place holder order containing the pricing for the first 0.5 million production RF filters for future production orders assuming successful qualification and testing of the pre-production units. Assuming successful qualification by the customer, the Company expects to receive a production order from the OEM’s contract manufacturers to deliver the pre-production units in the fourth quarter of this calendar year with production shipments expected to begin in early 2019.

Akoustis will leverage its integrated design & manufacturing (IDM) business model to successfully deliver BAW RF filters for this project. The RF filters are designed to operate at LTE mid-band frequencies, which reside in the sub-6 GHz spectrum. The filter wafers will be manufactured using Akoustis’ new proprietary XB1 single-crystal BAW manufacturing process, which delivers high-performance RF filter solutions for frequencies up to 7 GHz.

Jeff Shealy, Founder & CEO of Akoustis, commented, “Akoustis expects to deliver pre-production units for both BAW RF filters for two critical LTE bands in the second half of this calendar year,” Mr. Shealy added, “Our XB1 single crystal BAW wafer process is tracking well to complete qualification by mid-year and we plan to leverage this process to produce differentiated RF filter performance to our customer.”

The Company’s XBAW single-crystal piezoelectric manufacturing process supports a wide range of frequency spectrum up to 7 GHz, covering 2 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi, 4G LTE and emerging 5G cellular and C-V2X applications. In March, the Company announced its first commercial filter product using its proprietary XB1 process, creating the industry’s first commercial 5.2 GHz BAW filter designed for use in tri-band WiFi router applications. In April, the Company announced a second commercial filter product in the 3.8 GHz Band, which it expects to move to production with an existing key military radar customer.

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 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 single-crystal BAW 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 piezoelectric materials and the resonator-filter process technology which drives electro-mechanical coupling and translates to wide filter bandwidth.

The Company plans to service the fast growing multi-billion-dollar market of device OEMs, network providers, and consumers to diminish front end phone heat, battery drain and signal loss — all considered to be directly related to current RF polycrystalline filter technologies’ limitations. The Company owns and operates a 120,000 sq. ft. ISO-9001 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, Inc.
Director of Investor Relations
The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert B. Prag, President