Akoustis Technologies, an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced last week that it has been awarded a second design win for band n77 XBAW™ filters for 5G network infrastructure equipment from its tier-1 customer. The company expects to enter commercial production in the second half of calendar 2020.
Akoustis’ recently announced wide bandwidth n77 XBAW™ filter has now been qualified in the initial build of 5G small cell base station systems. Akoustis completed initial sample shipments earlier this quarter and expects to increase shipments during the September quarter. The company’s tier-1 OEM customer has received 5G contract awards from the carriers and plans to ramp volume production of this 5G small cell base station product in the second half of calendar 2020.
This represents the second design win of Akoustis XBAW™ filters in the small cell network infrastructure market. XBAW™ filters are designed to serve the 5G network infrastructure market given the ability to handle high frequency, wide bandwidth, and high power.
In addition to the two design wins with this first customer, Akoustis has several active engagements with other tier-1 and tier-2 small cell network equipment OEMs who are currently evaluating the company’s existing band n77 and n79 RF filter solutions. In addition, multiple OEMs have indicated the desire for additional new filters in the sub-6 GHz 5G bands.
Akoustis Founder and CEO Jeff Shealy stated, “We are pleased to follow-up our previous product announcement with our second design win in network infrastructure. We continue to see strong demand for high performance BAW filters in the ultra-high band 5G spectrum between 3 and 5 GHz.” Shealy said, “We are also experiencing increased customer interest in our small cell XBAWTM filter portfolio quarter-over-quarter, growing from three 5G OEM engagements at the end of March to more than five engagements today, including multiple tier-1 OEM customers.”