Akoustis Completes Rollout of its XBAW® Design Updates

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Charlotte, N.C., May 22, 2024 (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, has announced the final release to manufacturing of design updates across its product portfolio.

Akoustis developed the updates to its XBAW® manufacturing process to remove any patented features claimed by Qorvo, Inc. in U.S. Patent Nos. 7,522,018 and 9,735,755. Qorvo asserted the patents against certain XBAW® RF filters in Qorvo, Inc. vs. Akoustis Technologies, Inc., No. 1:21-cv-01417-JPM (D. Del.). These updates have been incorporated into both new XBAW® RF filters and many earlier XBAW® filter designs since the Fall of 2022. Effective immediately, the Company has released these design updates to manufacturing for the remainder of its filter products that remain in production and distribution as needed to remove any potential infringement.

“While Akoustis is disappointed with the jury’s verdict, the Company prepared well in advance for all potential outcomes,” commented Dave Aichele, Executive Vice President of Business Development. “Based on our testing and qualification over the last two years, the design updates to these earlier XBAW® filters do not have any form, fit or function impact to the performance and reliability, as the Qorvo patented claims were not design features of the XBAW® process. Akoustis is well-prepared to move forward notwithstanding any injunction Qorvo may seek against the accused legacy versions of our products.”

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Management does not expect the verdict will affect its ability to market its product portfolio to existing and future customers.

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 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 legacy polycrystalline BAW technology. The Company utilizes its proprietary and patented 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 poly-crystal, single-crystal, and other high purity piezoelectric materials and the resonator-filter process technology which enables optimal trade-offs between critical power, frequency and bandwidth performance specifications.

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 125,000 sq. ft. ISO-9001:2015 registered 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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CONTACT: Contact: COMPANY: Kenneth Boller Akoustis Technologies Chief Financial Officer (704) 274-3598 [email protected] 

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