Akoustis Technologies has received its first purchase order from a first-tier smartphone manufacturer, which the company says is one of the top five global manufacturers. The order calls for the development of two high frequency BAW filters, covering high band LTE and 5 GHz Wi-Fi.
AT&T is deploying LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) in areas of downtown Indianapolis, with plans to expand downtown coverage by the end of the year. AT&T customers with a Samsung Galaxy Note8 can access the technology.
Keysight is seeking a new president for the Ixia Solutions Group following Bethany Mayer's resignation. Longtime Keysight executive Mark Pierpoint will assume her role until Keysight recruits a permanent replacement.
AT&T and Verizon have engaged Tillman Infrastructure to build hundreds of new cell towers. Tillman, which owns towers and building sites for small cells and “smart cities” infrastructure, will construct the towers and lease them to host base station equipment from AT&T and Verizon.
Mobile filter start-up Resonant signed a fourth non-captive foundry agreement with an established surface acoustic wave (SAW) foundry that serves the RF market. Separately, Resonant reported financial performance for the third quarter of 2017, which ended September 30, 2017. Revenue was $106,000, primarily from upfront payments tied to development contracts.
Skyworks Solutions achieved another impressive quarter of design wins, revenue and earnings growth to cap its 2017 fiscal year. Quarterly revenue was $985 million in Q4, a sequential increase of 9 percent and 18 percent above the year-ago quarter. For the full fiscal year, Skyworks achieved record revenue of $3.65 billion, an increase of 11 percent above the revenue in fiscal 2016.
Keysight Technologies' corporate headquarters in Santa Rosa, California has resumed operations after being temporarily closed due to the wildfires in Northern California. All four main buildings at the site are intact, and the majority of production facilities are back in operation, according to the company. Keysight affirmed the fourth quarter 2017 financial guidance provided in its third quarter earnings release on August 30, 2017.
Qorvo reported revenue and earnings above guidance for fiscal Q2 of 2018, reflecting volume from mobile phone ramps at Apple and Chinese manufacturers and strong demand from the defense, Wi-Fi and IoT markets. During the quarter, the company took “targeted actions” that reduced headcount by some 300 people.
Reflecting the seasonal ramp of smartphone production, WIN Semiconductors reported record revenue of NT$4,404 million (approximately $146 million) in fiscal Q3 (ending September 30), a gain of 15 percent compared to the prior quarter and 24 percent compared to the same quarter one year ago. EPS was NT$2.93, compared to NT$1.85 in Q2.
Continuing its rollout of broadband internet service to rural and underserved regions, part of the FCC’s Connect America Fund, AT&T has added service to regions in nine new states, bringing the service to some 160,000 locations in 18 states. AT&T plans to cover more than 400,000 locations by the end of 2017 and over 1.1 million by 2020.