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.


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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.


Fraunhofer SPEAKER project rewarded at AI innovation competition by German government

The SPEAKER project for the development of a voice assistant platform “made in Germany” won an award at the “Artificial intelligence as a driver for economically relevant ecosystems” innovation competition run by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.


Fraunhofer IIS and China Unicom showcased immersive and interactive audio on IPTV

At Smart China Expo in Chongqing, China Unicom and Fraunhofer IIS demonstrated an IPTV set-top box solution incorporating the MPEG-H Audio System.


Live MPEG-H Audio System production chain for the 2019 ESC showcased at IBC

Fraunhofer IIS and its technology partners, who conducted the MPEG-H Next-Generation Audio (NGA) trial at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with the European Broadcast Union (EBU), are teaming up again for a demonstration at the IBC show.  

Fraunhofer’s “One-Stop Shop” for Digital Radio at IBC 2019

Visitors were able to get to know the new DAB/DRM ContentServer R7 and were invited to experience a special hybrid radio demonstration at the Fraunhofer booth.

Fraunhofer IIS showcases its moving picture technologies at IBC 2019

Fraunhofer IIS ContentServer R7 digital radio head-end technology for DAB+ and DRM now available

Fraunhofer Automotive Audio Technologies on Display at Automotive AES


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Mandy Garcia

Head of Marketing Communications Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

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