Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS' four generations of audio codecs

For over 30 years, the Audio and Media Technologies division of Fraunhofer IIS has been shaping the globally deployed standards and technologies in the fields of audio and moving picture production. Starting with the creation of mp3 and continuing with the co-development of AAC and the Digital Cinema Initiative test plan, almost all consumer electronic devices, computers and mobile phones are equipped with systems and technologies from Erlangen today.

Meanwhile, a new generation of best-in-class media technologies – such as MPEG-H Audio, xHE-AAC, EVS, LC3/LC3plus, Symphoria, Sonamic and upHear – is elevating the user experience to new heights. Always taking into account the demands of the market, Fraunhofer IIS develops technology that makes memorable moments.

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Fraunhofer IIS Audio and Media Technologies offers software solutions for the following areas:

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Please find here the most recent Audio and Media Technologies press releases, as well as stories from our Fraunhofer Audio Blog and the Fraunhofer IIS Magazine.


Fraunhofer IIS licenses MPEG-H Audio patents to Samsung

This new agreement between Fraunhofer and Samsung will help accelerate the adoption and usage of MPEG-H 3D Audio in mobile, broadband, and broadcast markets based on the ATSC 3.0, DVB or ISDB standards as well as Internet delivery.


Licensing program for MPEG-H 3D Audio Baseline Profile

Fraunhofer IIS welcomes the release and official adoption of the MPEG-H 3D Audio Baseline Profile. The new profile was designed to exactly meet the business and technical needs of the industry.


Fraunhofer IIS licenses LC3 audio codec software to Microsoft

“We are very pleased that Microsoft has decided to license our LC3 implementation. The amount of requests we receive for LC3 and its superset LC3plus prove that industry demand for this low-complexity, low-energy and optimized audio quality solution is overwhelming, even before final adoption by Bluetooth SIG,” said Manfred Lutzky, head of the Audio for Communications department at Fraunhofer IIS.

Apple recommends xHE-AAC for streaming of all audio assets

Future of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 29

Fraunhofer IIS has been committed to SC 29 since its beginning and will continue to show that strong commitment under the new structure.

Video Tutorial for the MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in

In ten episodes, Fraunhofer IIS sound engineer Yannik Grewe provides all the information you need to get started using MHAPi.

Artificial Intelligence in Audio and Media Technologies Projects


Fraunhofer KISS Project for AI-based algorithms in signal processing


Fraunhofer SPEAKER Project: A speech assistant »made in Germany«

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The mp3 history

Learn more about the early days of the mp3 invention, meet the team that stands behind this successful technology or browse through some facts and figures.


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Mandy Garcia

Head of Marketing Communications Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone +49 9131 776-6178

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