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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Range of Services

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

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Learn more about our division's latest news

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.


New Fraunhofer project: Virtual LiVe – Virtualization of Live Events via Audiovisual Immersion

The three partner institutes Fraunhofer FOKUS, Fraunhofer HHI and Fraunhofer IIS launched a new project: Virtual LiVe – Virtualization of Live Events via Audiovisual Immersion.


Cadence joins MPEG-H trademark program and offers MPEG-H 3D Audio Baseline Profile decoders for Tensilica HiFi DSPs

Cadence joins MPEG-H Audio System trademark program to integrate MPEG-H 3D Audio Baseline Profile decoding capabilities into their Tensilica HiFi DSPs audio, voice, and AI speech processors.


Experience our virtual updates for media technology

The Fraunhofer business area Digital Media, of which Fraunhofer IIS is a member, is happy to share news of current topics that provide you with insights to innovative and future-oriented technologies as well as an overview about new projects and new stunning solutions for moving picture, broadcast, video and audio technologies and digital radio.

STARWAVES App upgrades mobile devices to receive undistorted DRM Digital Radio anytime and anywhere

Fraunhofer and Sinclair to Collaborate Towards Integrating DRM Framework into the ATSC 3.0 Digital TV Platform

Sonamic Panorama brings next-generation surround sound to the new Seat Leon

Virtually immerse yourself in the mp3 story with Google Arts & Culture

Artificial Intelligence in Audio and Media Technologies Projects


Center for Digital Signal Processing using Artificial Intelligence DSAI


Fraunhofer KISS Project for AI-based algorithms in signal processing


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

More Information on Audio and Media Technologies



If you are planning on integrating our technolgies into your products, you will need both a software and a patent license. Please see the following pages to have a better understanding of our general licensing processes.

Products by Category

Here, you will find our technologies sorted by product category.


Fraunhofer IIS offers contract-based research and development services, and provides its customers with guidance through the maze of media standards and technologies.


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Be it product sheets, technical papers or application bulletins. We have just what you need to learn more about our technologies and their technical background.

Fraunhofer Business Area Digital Media

Fraunhofer IIS is member of the Fraunhofer Business Area Digital Media, developing key components for a complete digital media workflow, multi-format and multi-platform content creation and distribution.

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.



MWC Barcelona

Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2021

Barcelona (Spain), Fira Gran Via  / June 28, 2021 - July 01, 2021

Visit us at booth 2L31 in hall 2.

Business Area Digital Media - Online Events

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Mandy Garcia

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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

Fax +49 9131 776-6099