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Ultra-Cool GaN on Diamond Power Amplifiers for SATCO
June 13, 2018

The most advanced commercial satellites transmit data down to Earth at rates of 100 to 200 Mbps; some advanced larger single satellite concepts target 1 to 4 Gbps. These data rates are substantially limited by state-of-the-art RF power amplifiers used to make the transmitters. Akash is building, for the first time, a small satellite system (12U) that will exhibit a preliminary downlink data rate of 14 Gbp…

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Small Satellites, Big Business
March 8, 2018

US-based CubeSat developer, Akash Systems, has started 2018 with a bang, raising a massive $3.1 million in seed funds to accelerate delivery of its shoebox-sized satellites, based on GaN-on-Diamond RF power amplifiers.

The funds come at a time when worldwide data demand is fast outstripping the bandwidth provided by today’s satellite communications infrastructure. Meanwhile, technology advances have pushed satellite services beyond Internet, television and GPS navigation, unleashing imagery-rich and data-heavy applications from aeroplane tracking to pollution monitoring…

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Akash Systems Raises $3.1M in Seed Round Funding Led by Khosla Ventures
February 6, 2018

Akash Systems Inc. announced it has raised $3.1 million and closed its seed roundfunding. Led by Khosla Ventures, the seed round also included Social Capital, Data Collective, Ruvento Ventures, Sriram Krishnan and Backstage Capital. The funding will allow Akash to further its mission of reimagining tomorrow’s communication systems by developing the next generation of small satellites and the components that power them…

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Akash Systems Raises $3.1 million to Develop Power Amplifiers for Satellites
February 2, 2018

Akash Systems, a company focused on resolving the explosive growth of data consumption by enabling smarter and lighter satellite systems has raised $3.1 million to close its seed funding round. Led by Khosla Ventures, the seed round also included Social Capital, Data Collective, Ruvento Ventures, Sriram Krishnan, and Backstage Capital…

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What is GaN-on-Diamond technology?
February 10, 2018

Gallium nitride (GaN)-on-Diamond technology is a pioneering materials invention from Akash co-founder, Felix Ejeckam that is created by lifting GaN thin films from its original growth substrate and transferring it to a synthetic CVD diamond substrate which, at 1,600-2,000 W/mK, exhibits the highest known thermal conductivity…

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What are the advantages of using GaN-on-Diamond technology for RF Power Amplifiers?
February 10, 2018

GaN-on-Diamond is the ultimate building block for an RF Power Amplifier; it gives the system designer a new thermal envelope to use for any number of product or system transformations. Through the application of GaN-on-Diamond materials, Akash’s technologies can resolve issues critical…

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Akash Systems Raises $3.1 million in Seed Round Funding
February 1, 2018

Akash Systems, Inc., a company focused on enabling smarter and lighter satellite systems, announced that it has raised $3.1 million and closed its seed round funding. The seed funding round was Led by Khosla Ventures and also included Social Capital, Data Collective, Ruvento Ventures, Sriram Krishnan, and Backstage Capital. The company plans to use the funding for further development of the next generation of small satellites and the components that power them…

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Akash Systems raises $3.1 million to build its own line of energy-efficient cubesats
January 31, 2018

Akash Systems, a San Francisco startup that sells RF power amplifiers for satellites, announced Jan. 30 it has raised $3.1 million in seed round funding, which it plans to use to develop its own line of cubesats. In November, Akash began selling amplifiers with patented integrated circuits made of gallium nitride on a synthetic diamond substrate…

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Akash Systems Raises $3.1 Million in Seed Round
January 31, 2018

Akash Systems announced it has raised $3.1 million and closed its seed round funding. Led by Khosla Ventures, the seed round also included Social Capital, Data Collective, Ruvento Ventures, Sriram Krishnan, and Backstage Capital. According to Akash, it will use the funding to spur development of its small satellites and the components that power them…

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No. 277: The Prodigal Team Returns, Hofstra Ups Its Entrepreneurial Game And Yes, Florham Park Is Still In New Jersey
January 31, 2018

Akash Systems, a San Francisco-based enabler of light satellite systems, raised $3.1 million in seed funding led by Khosla Ventures, with participation from Social Capital, Data Collective, Ruvento Ventures, Sriram Krishnan and Backstage Capital…

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Akash Systems Closes Their Seed Round Funding for SmallSat Development
January 30, 2018

Akash Systems, Inc., a company focused on resolving the explosive growth of data consumption by enabling smarter and lighter satellite systems, has raised $3.1 million and closed their seed round funding. Led by Khosla Ventures, the seed round also included Social Capital, Data Collective, Ruvento Ventures, Sriram Krishnan, and Backstage Capital…

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Akash Raises $3.1 million For GaN-on-Diamond Technology
January 30, 2018

Akash Systems, a US start-up focused on GaN-on-Diamond technology, has raised $3.1 million and closed its seed round funding. Led by Khosla Ventures, the seed round also included Social Capital, Data Collective, Ruvento Ventures, Sriram Krishnan, and Backstage Capital…

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Akash raises $3.1m in seed round funding led by Khosla Ventures
January 30, 2018

Akash Systems Inc of San Francisco, CA, USA – which was founded in 2016 by Felix Ejeckam and Ty Mitchell – has raised $3.1m and closed its seed round funding, led by Khosla Ventures and including Social Capital, Data Collective, Ruvento Ventures, Sriram Krishnan, and Backstage Capital. The funding will allow Akash to further its development of the next generation of small satellites and the RF power amplifiers that power them…

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Akash Systems Raises $3.1m in Seed Funding
January 30, 2018

Akash Systems, Inc., a San Francisco, CA-based enabler of light satellite systems, raised $3.1m seed funding. The round was led by Khosla Ventures, with participation from Social Capital, Data Collective, Ruvento Ventures, Sriram Krishnan, and Backstage Capital. The company will use the funds to develop small satellites and the components that power them…

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Akash Systems Raises $3.1 Million for Power Amplifiers with Hearts of Diamond
January 29, 2018

Akash Systems, which has been trying to that can fit inside a grocery bag, announced on Tuesday that it raised $3.1 million in its first funding round. The company is trying to muscle into the crowded market for tiny Cubesats that beam wireless connectivity down to earth…

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Satellite Start-Up Thinks Power Amplifiers Are Better With Diamond
April 6, 2017

Akash Systems opened for business late last year, selling unusual semiconductors layered onto slabs of synthetic diamond. But the story behind the technology goes back fourteen years, when Felix Ejeckam, Akash’s co-founder and chief executive, started seeking out ways to make gallium nitride more efficient for radar and communications…

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Aerospace start-ups pitch futuristic concepts to military defense, private companies in El Segundo
March 21, 2017

Ten of the most promising new regional aerospace start-up companies descended on El Segundo on Tuesday to pitch their futuristic concepts for the next wave of industry advancement, from orbiting cell towers in space to drones that communicate with each other…

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New Entrant Akash Systems to Transform SATCOM with GaN-on-Diamond Technology
March 21, 2017

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, a company committed to revolutionizing the future of fast, affordable satellite communications…

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Akash Systems formed to apply GaN-on-diamond technology to SatComs
March 21, 2017

Felix Ejeckam and Ty Mitchell, both experts in gallium nitride (GaN)-on-diamond technology, have formed Akash Systems Inc of San Francisco, CA, USA, targeting fast, affordable satellite communications to address the challenge of worldwide data demand outpacing the frequency, bandwidth and power capabilities of existing communications infrastructure…

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Akash Systems To Target Satcoms With GaN-On-Diamond Technology
March 20, 2017

Felix Ejeckam and Ty Mitchell, both experts in GaN-on-Diamond technology, have joined forces to create Akash Systems, Inc, a company based in San Francisco, California, committed to enabling fast, affordable satellite communications…

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Akash Systems Debuts, Transforms Satellite Communications With Revolutionary GaN-On-Diamond Technology
March 20, 2017

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 satellite communications….

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