Akoustis Ships Two New 5G RF Filters to Tier-1 Mobile Customer and Receives Follow-On Order

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Follow-On Purchase Order for Additional Quantities of New 5G Filters Expected to Ship in March Quarter –

– New XBAW™ Ultra-High Band (UHB) 5G Filters Operate in Sub-6 GHz Frequency Spectrum –

Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS) (“Akoustis” or the “Company”), an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced today it has completed development and shipped two additional new 5G XBAWTM filters to its tier-1 mobile customer for handsets and other devices.

Akoustis successfully completed the design and prototype shipment of its first 5G mobile XBAW filter to its tier-1 customer in June 2019 after just two months of development. In July, the tier-1 customer awarded Akoustis a follow-on order for the development of two additional new 5G mobile filters in the sub-6 GHz radio frequency spectrum. Today’s 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 new radio (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.

Jeff Shealy, Founder and CEO of Akoustis, stated, “With this key achievement related to the mobile market, Akoustis continues to execute on important corporate milestones. Developing and delivering three 5G ultra-high band XBAW™ mobile filters in less than nine months is a significant achievement by the team at Akoustis. The Company continues to explore avenues to address opportunities for high-performance XBAW™ filters for the 5G mobile market.”

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 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 for defense phased-array radar applications, 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, 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. 
Akoustis plans to service the fast growing multi-billion-dollar RF filter market using its integrated device manufacturer (IDM) business model. The Company owns and operates a 120,000 sq. ft. ISO-9001:2015 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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