Audio and Media Technologies

When it comes to advanced audio and video technologies for the rapidly evolving media world, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) stands alone. Spanning from the creation of mp3, the co-development of AAC, and building the DCI test plan for the worldwide interchangeability of digital cinema movies, to designing the future of audio and video entertainment, Fraunhofer IIS has been an innovator in sound and vision for over 25 years.

Today, audio technologies such as Fraunhofer Cingo® for immersive VR audio, Fraunhofer Symphoria® for automotive 3D audio, AAC-ELD and EVS for telephone calls with CD-like audio quality, xHE-AAC for streaming and digital radio, and the MPEG-H TV Audio System, that allows television viewers to adjust dialogue volume to suit their personal preferences, are among the division’s most compelling new developments.

In the field of moving picture technologies, latest achievements include easyDCP for the creation and playback of digital cinema packages and master formats, as well as Realception®, a tool for light-field data processing. In addition, Fraunhofer is developing new image coding systems based on JPEG2000 and JPEG XS.

Audio and Media Technologies - At a glance


Fraunhofer IIS is home to the organization’s Audio and Media Technologies division that has been working in audio and image coding and signal processing for more than 25 years.



Fraunhofer IIS is the worldwide leading developer and provider of audio codecs and multimedia technologies for various markets, including Automotive, Broadcasting, Post-production and Streaming.


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

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.


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.

Hot topic: Virtual Reality

What does the Fraunhofer IIS offer for the emerging field of Virtual Reality?


Audio and Media Technologies press releases

Please find all recent Audio and Media Technologies press releases in the news section of Fraunhofer IIS.

9/15/2017: Realception® – Fraunhofer IIS provides first release of lightfield plug-in brand for professionals

9/15/2017: MStar T12 UHD TV SOC Platform Incorporates Fraunhofer MPEG-H TV Audio System Decoding Capabilities / 9/15/2017: Realtek Offers Fraunhofer MPEG-H TV Audio System Decoder for their RTD2871 UHD TV System Solution

9/14/2017: Fraunhofer IIS and RFmondial present DAB Monitoring Receiver with Fraunhofer MultimediaPlayer at IBC 2017

Fraunhofer Audio Blog

Do you want to learn more about our division's latest news?

Our Fraunhofer Audio Blog allows you to have a look behind the scenes of audio coding and signal processing.


Digital Radio News from the 2017 IBC Show

At the 2017 IBC show in Amsterdam, two new products including Fraunhofer technologies for digital radio were introduced: the first Software Defined Radio (SDR) digital receiver for consumers, and a new DAB monitoring receiver for transmitter, content and remote-coverage monitoring.


Fraunhofer and b<>com present VR Comedy Show in MPEG-H Spatial Audio based on VRIF Draft Guidelines

Fraunhofer IIS and b<>com have teamed up at IBC to showcase an end-to-end spatial audio system for production, delivery, playback and rendering of Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) MPEG-H Audio, the international standard for immersive audio.


Fraunhofer and ADI showcase MPEG-H Audio and Fraunhofer upHear® Immersive Soundbar Virtualizer

Fraunhofer IIS and Analog Devices, Inc. have unveiled software technology designed to significantly improve the immersive sound reproduction capabilities of consumer playback devices.  

Tradeshows and Events


PT Expo China 2017

PT Expo China is the largest and most influential ICT event in Asia. Taking place at the China National Convention Center in Beijing from September 27 - 30, 2017, visitors to our Fraunhofer booth 4111 in hall 1 at the trade show will be able to experience the following technologies: the next-generation 3GPP VoLTE codec Enhanced Voice Services (EVS), as well as the audio codec of choice for digital radio and low bit rate streaming xHE-AAC, plus tools and products incorporating MPEG-H Audio, and Fraunhofer Cingo®/Cingo Composer.   


AES New York 2017

From October 18th to 21st, we will showcase the following technologies at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York: MPEG-H 3D Audio, the new audio codec for 4K TV and now on-air in South Korea; Fraunhofer Cingo® for the best-in-class immersive sound experience on VR devices; and the Cingo Composer for a simplified immersive sound production for Virtual Reality.

Visit us at booth 945 - we look forward to seeing you!


Matthias Rose

Contact Press / Media

Matthias Rose

Head of Marketing Communications, Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone +49 9131 776-6175

Fax +49 9131 776-6099