Akoustis Technologies has announced the release of the second iteration of its 5.6 GHz XBAW WiFi filter and a pre-production order for it from a current global RF customer. The second iteration of the 5.6 GHz filter offers superior performance including lower loss and improved rejection of unwanted WiFi signals. Furthermore, the latest iteration simplifies the chip complexity and shares the same XBAW wafer process, backend package and supply chain as the Company’s 5.2 GHz WiFi filter currently in pre-production.According to an executive from the Akoustis’ global RF customer, the XBAW technology has been outstanding, even as compared with other BAW and FBAR in the industry. Akoustis’ believe that the XBAW technology is the leading filter technology for the high-frequency WiFi bands and 5G mobile applications. They feel the technology is better than BAW and FBAR. If this technology is adopted we should see significant growth over the next several years.Akoustis began sampling the second iteration of its 5.6 GHz WiFi filter earlier this quarter and expects to offer samples to more than twenty OEM, ODM, SoC and RFFE companies currently evaluating Akoustis’ 5.2 GHz WiFi filter. The company expects to offer the first tandem BAW coexistence filter solution covering both the 5.2 GHz and 5.6 GHz frequency bands in a tri-band WiFi router. It had previously announced a pre-production order and shipment of 5.2 GHz WiFi filters to this global RF customer in the March 2019 quarter. That same order included greater than 50,000 pre-production 5.6 GHz WiFi filters, which Akoustis expects to deliver in the current quarter.According to Jeff Shealy, Founder and CEO of Akoustis, the new filter represents a significant advancement for Akoustis as they now have the world’s first micro-filter tandem solution targeting both 5 GHz WiFi bands. Customers can now replace existing filter technology with a solution that is up to 23 times smaller, driving far more competitive form factors and allowing more complex MU-MIMO architectures. The 5.6 GHz filter is packaged with an identical footprint as the existing 5.2 GHz filter and uses the same supply chain, which should accelerate the evaluation process for the customers sampling the XBAW WiFi filters.Akoustis began sampling its first generation 5.6 GHz XBAW WiFi co-existence filter in December 2018. Initial samples were sent to a limited number of potential customers for evaluation and technical feedback. Over the past few months, Akoustis has been engaged in internal engineering efforts to incorporate customer feedback into the new 5.6 GHz filter product design.The 5.6 GHz XBAW WiFi filter features:Low insertion loss pass-band filterWide bandwidth with 345 MHz pass-bandHigh rejection enables co-existence with adjacent WiFi UNII bandsSingle ended Tx/Rx portsHigh power rating, maximum +30dBmUltra small form factor 2.5mm x 2.0mm x 0.9mmPerformance over -40C to +85CRoHS compliant, Pb-free packageThe 5.6 GHz filter is designed and 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 filter, a 5.2 GHz WiFi filter, a 3.8 GHz filter for military phased-array radar applications, a 3.6 GHz filter for the CBRS infrastructure market and Band 25 downlink and uplink filters for LTE infrastructure. It is also developing several new filters for the sub 7 GHz bands targeting 5G mobile device, network infrastructure, WiFi CPE and military markets.
Alabama running back Derrick Henry (2) fights for yardage against Florida in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday December 5, 2015. (Mickey Welsh / Montgomery Advertiser)ATLANTA — Everybody at Alabama seems to have a favorite Derrick Henry story, but the best one might come from Crimson Tide teammate O.J. Howard.Both arrived on campus in January 2013 as part of a prized group of incoming freshmen. Alabama staff assigned Howard and Henry to room together, and on the first night, Howard glanced into Henry’s bedroom and saw him on the floor doing push ups.Up and down, up and down. Over and over and over and over.Howard hadn’t spent a full night on campus yet, and already he could see that Derrick Henry wasn’t just another star football player.A week after running the ball over and over and over and over in a win over Auburn, Henry did the same in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game win over Florida 29-15. He rushed 44 times for 189 yards and won the game’s most valuable player award.I’ve heard that greatness isn’t doing something great once. Instead, it’s doing something well over and over and over and over. If that’s so, how can we call Alabama’s Derrick Henry anything but great?The Heisman Trophy?Heck, that’s a foregone conclusion.About the only way he wouldn’t have won it is if Alabama had lost Saturday, while he fumbled a half-dozen times, then on his way off the field he dropped his pants and mooned Terry Saban. Even then, some voters might’ve thought long and hard before moving him down on their ballots.Last week, Henry broke Bo Jackson’s Iron Bowl rushing record. Saturday, he broke Herschel Walker’s 34-year-old SEC record for rushing yards in a season. Henry has 1,986 yards, while Herschel had 1,891 as a Georgia sophomore in 1981. Henry has 339 carries, while Herschel needed 385 to reach his total.Henry also scored a touchdown to tie Tim Tebow’s SEC record of 23 rushing touchdowns. Aren’t those three of the four faces on the Mount Rushmore of SEC football players – Bo, Herschel and Tebow?Alabama’s Shaun Alexander scored 27 touchdowns in 1999 on rushing, receiving and kick returns, including his bowl game, and nobody in SEC history can beat that. Alexander went on to become an NFL MVP with Seattle. I used to think Alabama never would have a running back better than Alexander.Now, I’m not so sure.When Henry was a high school senior in Florida, he broke the national career rushing record, and a local radio station put him in touch with Ken Hall, who set the old mark in the 1950s in Texas. Oddly enough, Hall played collegiately at Texas A&M for Bear Bryant, who made his mark at Alabama.http://app.contenttools.co/polls/2349/embed.js?show_name=no&show_description=no&show_sharing_options=yes&show_cover_image=noOld stories say Hall set his record by speeding past everyone. Henry can do that, but he’s at his best when he is beating defenses into submission. On one run Saturday, as Henry broke past the line, Florida defensive back Keanu Neal stepped out of Henry’s way and tried to grab him around the waist to slow him down. Didn’t work. Another defensive back, Quincy Wilson, dove for Henry’s ankle, and that worked. Kind of. Henry wound rolling over him as if he was paving road, with Wilson laying flat as if he was trying to avoid getting cut to pieces by a train.When you see him run like that, it’s hard to believe that Alabama gave him the ball only 13 times in last year’s Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State. What do you think would’ve happened had that been 23 carries? Or 30?Henry’s value isn’t just in the yardage he gains, but how he allows his team to control the game. The other team’s offense is stuck on the sideline when Henry is running the ball over and over and over and over. Alabama held the ball 43 minutes, 29 seconds Saturday, forcing an already-overmatched Florida defense to sit on the sideline for long stretches.Henry wasn’t always a lock to become a star running back at Alabama. In those initial spring practices in 2013, running backs had to go through a drill in which they had to crouch and run the ball under this contraption that looked kind of like a long table, the 6-foot-3, 242-pound Henry looked big and clumsy as his back bumped and moved the thing out of place.Some said he was too big and should be moved to linebacker.I guess it’s a good thing other teams don’t put some of those long table things on the field. They might be Henry’s Kryptonite.
Oct 11, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott (15) celebrates with defensive back Jay Hughes (3) their 38-23 victory over the Auburn Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsOnce a week, USA TODAY Sports asks its network of college football experts to analyze the biggest topics in the country’s most debated conference, the SEC.EXPERT PICKS: Week 11 winners and losersThis week the panel goes back and forth on which SEC teams will make the College Football Playoff.Matt Osborne, Southern Pigskin: The two SEC teams that will ultimately make the first College Football Playoff are Alabama and Mississippi State. The Bulldogs have played the majority of their most difficult contests, so even with a loss to Alabama they would only need to defeat Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl to solidify their position. Dak Prescott has been plagued by turnovers of late, but he will make the critical adjustments down the stretch to keep Mississippi State playing at a high level. Meanwhile, Alabama seems to have hit its stride after a couple of uninspiring performance early in the season. The Crimson Tide are currently second in the nation in total defense, and the offense has shown an ability to be balanced under the direction of Lane Kiffin. Overall, Alabama and Mississippi State appear to be the most complete SEC teams.Ty Duffy, Big Lead Sports: Obviously, there’s a lot of football left to play. A one-loss SEC champion would be a definite playoff team. The question is whether the SEC can get the second team in. That team probably needs one loss. Mississippi State must be considered the favorite. The Bulldogs can weather a defeat and remain in contention for the West and for a playoff spot. I think at least one of the Alabama schools enters the Iron Bowl with one loss. I’m not sure one will depart with one loss. A 10-2 Auburn might deserve a place, but the committee seems to be placing a strong emphasis on W-L record.Clinton Brannen, The Sports Quotient: Heading into Week 10, there were five legitimate schools in the SEC who had the potential to be finalists for the inaugural College Football Playoff. After Ole Miss and Georgia fell last weekend, the field is down to three. Mississippi State is undefeated and has the head-to-head advantage on Auburn, which they defeated 38-23 on Oct. 11. Alabama hosts the Bulldogs on Nov. 15. Auburn, the reigning SEC champion, is ranked third and boasts one of the most prolific offenses in all of college football (38.8 points a game). With three of their seven wins coming against Top 25 opponents, they also control their own destiny. However, standing in the Tigers’ way is Heisman candidate Amari Cooper and the Crimson Tide. Aburn and Alabama face off Nov. 29 in Tuscaloosa, and if Alabama gets past LSU (on the road no less) and Mississippi State, then they should win the SEC and a Playoff berth with an Iron Bowl win.Ultimately, with the health of Heisman front-runner Dak Prescott in question for Mississippi State and the porous Auburn defense, Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide, the most complete team of these three, is the most logical choice to represent the SEC in the College Football Playoff. Barring a collapse, Mississippi State and Alabama will be in the inaugural Playoff.