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.


MPEG-H 3D Audio Baseline Profile Now Supported by Analog Devices’ DSPs

Analog Devices, Inc. is offering certified decoder implementations supporting the new MPEG-H 3D Audio Baseline Profile on its ADSP-215xx series of audio digital signal processors (DSPs).


Out now: The Fraunhofer MPEG-H Authoring Suite

Following the successful introduction of the MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in, Fraunhofer IIS is now extending its range of MPEG-H production tools with the MPEG-H Authoring Suite (MAS). This set of applications facilitates the easy, fast and intuitive production of MPEG-H Audio content.


Radio Republik Indonesia goes digital with DRM in FM band

In June and August 2020, Radio Republic Indonesia (RRI) installed and commissioned five digital radio transmitters in the FM band, using the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) FM digital radio standard. Subsequent to that, the Indonesian Ministry of Information and Communication (Kominfo) conducted tests on the DRM FM transmissions of RRI.

Webinar series: "Next Generation Audio and Video technologies and the future of broadcast and streaming"

Putting artificial intelligence into practice

Where AI is used, sophisticated data compression during recording and transmission also reduces the growing audio and image data rates without compromising quality.

Fraunhofer upHear VQE enables far-field voice commands and voice calls on’s first smart speaker

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

Fax +49 9131 776-6099