Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS' four generations of audio codecs

The Audio and Media Technologies division of Fraunhofer IIS has been an authority in its field for more than 30 years, starting with the creation of mp3 and co-development of AAC and HE-AAC. Today, almost all consumer electronic devices, computers and mobile phones are equipped with Fraunhofer’s media technologies. The fourth generation of Fraunhofer audio codecs, along with the latest signal processing solutions, stands for impressive audio experiences and is tailored to specific fields of application respectively.

With the test plan for the Digital Cinema Initiative and the recognized software suite easyDCP, Fraunhofer IIS significantly pushed the digitization of cinema. The most recent technological achievements for moving pictures are light-field data processing tools and new low complexity codec standards for professional video production.

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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.


Learn more about our division's latest news

Please find here the most recent Audio and Media Technologies press releases and stories from our Fraunhofer Audio Blog.  


Fraunhofer IIS Licenses MPEG-H Audio Patents to LG Electronics

Fraunhofer IIS is pleased to announce the licensing of its MPEG-H Audio patents to LG Electronics Inc., allowing LG to produce products which feature MPEG-H Audio.


Work at Fraunhofer IIS

in a short video about work and career at our institute, our colleague Max Neuendorf, heading the group Audio and Speech Coding, introduces the xHE-AAC technology, which he is working on, and also gives an insight into the benefits of being a Fraunhofer IIS employee (in German; English subtitles available).


Awards for Fraunhofer IIS Scientists

Christian Uhle received the AES Board of Governors Award in recognition of co-chairing the 2017 International AES Conference on Semantic Audio; the “Best Paper” award at AES 146 went to “Background Ducking to Produce Esthetically Pleasing Audio for TV with Clear Speech” written by Matteo Torcoli, Jouni Paulus and Christian Simon in collaboration with Alex Freke-Morin and Professor Ben Shirley from the University of Salford, UK.

Dedicated to C3DA

The development of standards for 4K UHD and 3D audio, as well as the integration of the corresponding technologies into the existing broadcast ecosystem, is moving fast in China. Fraunhofer IIS has been highly active in the process from the start.

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Users Soon Able to Mix and Encode MPEG-H Audio

ATSC 3.0 hybrid delivery with MPEG-H

Fraunhofer IIS and ATEME, in collaboration with S&T and UniSoft, demonstrated a complete ATSC 3.0 broadcast chain and its advanced hybrid delivery features using MPEG-H Audio.

MPEG-H Audio now supported by BBright UHD baseband player

MPEG-H content can now be ingested into the playback server, where the MPEG-H metadata is detected, interpreted and displayed to the user.


Matthias Rose

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Matthias Rose

Head of Marketing Communications Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

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