Akoustis Announces First UAS Customer with Development Order for High Frequency XBAW RF Filters

Akoustis Technologies, Inc. an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced today a development order for a new C-band XBAWTM filter that will be used in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) for control and non-payload communication (CNPC) links.

Under the new purchase order, Akoustis will develop and deliver samples of the XBAW™ filter for the UAS application by the end of September 2020 for testing and evaluation. The Company expects it will be able to deliver qualified XBAWTM filters and expects to receive orders for commercial product by the end of March 2021.

CNPC is Command and Control (C2) frequency modulated radio intended for point-to-point or networked UAS operations for Beyond Line of Sight Operation (BLOS). The new customer is in the defense business, but the filter will have wider market applications including commercial and consumer drones and other aircraft.

The new filter will operate in a key C-band frequency (within the 4-8 GHz frequency spectrum), that is under consideration for licensing by the FCC, where Akoustis has historically focused its development efforts and has delivered its first designs for high-band WiFi, 5G infrastructure, 5G mobile devices and defense applications. The filter is expected to use the same supply chain and packaging as the current 5 GHz WiFi filters and 5G infrastructure filters.

Jeff Shealy, Founder and CEO of Akoustis, stated, “With the continued sampling of our existing high-band WiFi filters, 5G filters and our defense solutions, we are experiencing interest from new peripheral applications for our high-performance XBAWTM filter products.  We are excited to add the cutting-edge Unmanned Aircraft Systems market as a new business vertical which can leverage our existing technology and supply chain.”   

The UAS XBAW WiFi filter features:

• Low insertion loss passband filter
• High frequency C-Band operation
• Wide bandwidth
• High rejection
• Single ended Tx/Rx ports
• High power rating, maximum +30dBm
• Ultra small form factor 2.5mm x 2.0mm x 0.9mm
• Performance over -40C to +85C
• RoHS compliant, Pb-free package

The UAS filter will be designed and manufactured using the Company’s patented XBAW process housed within the Company’s Si-MEMS Wafer Fab located in Canandaigua, NY.

Akoustis has introduced several new filters over the past twelve months including a 5.6 GHz WiFi filter, a 5.2 GHz WiFi filter, a 4.9 GHz band n79 filter for small cell network infrastructure, a 3.8 GHz filter and 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 device, network infrastructure, WiFi CPE and defense markets.

About Akoustis Technologies, Inc.

Akoustis® (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. 

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