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 audio on mobile devices, 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 MPEG-H Audio, 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.

MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in

The MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in works with all popular DAWs and facilitates the workflow of MPEG-H Audio content production. It is available free of charge for professional users in TV broadcasting.


Audio and Media Technologies press releases

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

12/19/2018: Fraunhofer IIS to present several CES debuts

9/17/2018: easyDCP software suite – Ten years of enabling easy access to Digital Cinema

9/17/2018: Fraunhofer IIS introduces SDK for JPEG XS image coding

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.


Spatial Audio Designer integrates MPEG-H

New Audio Technology now offers a free upgrade for its Spatial Audio Designer (SAD) software, which includes complete support of MPEG-H Audio. SAD Version 2 is available for MacOS and Windows and supports the creation, authoring, monitoring and export of MPEG-H master files.


MPEG-H Audio in a Nutshell

As a short summary, and for those people who might have encountered the term and concept for the first time only recently, we have produced an animated short movie, explaining MPEG-H’s key features in vivid images.


Sony Introduces “360 Reality Audio” Powered by Object-Based Spatial Audio Technology Based on MPEG-H Audio

At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Sony announced an all new music experience called “360 Reality Audio” that makes listeners feel as if they are immersed in sound from all directions. The new experience is delivered by Sony’s object-based spatial audio technology.

Tradeshows and Events


MWC Barcelona 2019

Come and experience the following audio and media technologies at the Fraunhofer booth 7G31:

  • Enhanced Voice Services (EVS), the 3GPP/GSMA speech and audio codec for crystal clear and robust phone calls
  • upHear Voice Quality Enhancement: enhanced far-field voice signals for smart devices
  • MPEG-H Audio for personalized and immersive audio, plus enhanced accessibility
  • xHE-AAC, the ideal audio codec for adaptive streaming and digital radio


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