Confirms agreement to acquire GaN-on-Diamond patents and
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With worldwide data demand outpacing the frequency, bandwidth and power
capabilities of our current communications infrastructure, Felix Ejeckam
and Ty Mitchell, both experts in gallium nitride (GaN)-on-Diamond
technology have joined forces to create Akash Systems, Inc. (Akash), a
company committed to revolutionizing the future of fast, affordable
Through the application of GaN-on-Diamond materials, Akash’s
technologies can resolve issues critical to the expansive growth of data
use and consumption, enabling smaller, lighter and higher performing
satellites that lead to lower launch costs, reduced cost-per-bit, more
launch cycles, and increased communications access and throughput.
“There is a great need and demand for new satellites that are lower-cost
and allow for faster downlink data rates,” said Co-founder, CEO and
GaN-on-Diamond Inventor Felix Ejeckam. “Our technology will also create
opportunities not envisioned today, including deep space communications,
faster data links between spacecraft, and higher-density information
access between human communities, no matter where they are in the
Creating this future begins with Akash’s high-performance components –
phase one of their business approach – which includes GaN-on-Diamond
Hybrids and MMIC Power Amplifiers that are currently on the market.
Akash plans to move into phase two, working with satellite system makers
to design small satellite (Cubesat) systems and subsystems, by 2019.
Ejeckam invented the GaN-on-Diamond technology in 2003, while at Group4
Labs, Inc., by lifting GaN epitaxy from its original growth
substrate—for example, silicon—and transferring it to a synthetic CVD
diamond substrate. Group4 Labs’ assets were acquired in 2013 by Element
Six Technologies, a member of the De Beers Group of Companies.
In 2016, Ejeckam with Akash Co-founder and COO Ty Mitchell, entered into
an agreement with RFHIC Corporation to jointly negotiate the repurchase
of the GaN-on-Diamond intellectual property (IP), with Akash acquiring
all patents and other IP rights related to GaN-on-Diamond technology for
use in satellite communications and related markets.
“Imagine extending the reach of fast, affordable communications to every
human on earth. Imagine the possibility of high-bandwidth communications
between Earth and deep space, or even human colonies in space. At Akash,
we are creating technologies to make that vision come true,” said
Mitchell, who prior to forming Akash was at Cree, Inc., a $1.6B
market-leading innovator of technologies and products based on
GaN-on-SiC, where he served in roles including EVP/GM and VP/GM of
Cree’s Optoelectronics, GaN/SiC materials, and LED Lighting businesses.
“Akash is excited to acquire this IP to serve our customer base of
satellite system makers around the world. We want to redefine what
people believe are limitations in satellite communications.”
About Akash Systems
Akash Systems, Inc., (San Francisco, CA) founded in 2016 by Felix
Ejeckam and Ty Mitchell, is focused on developing and supplying the next
generation of small satellites (CubeSats), and the RF Power Amplifiers
that power them. A pioneering new material, GaN-on-Diamond, is at the
heart of the company’s RF technology and products.
Akash Systems, Inc.
Ty Mitchell, 408-800-9022