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 and stories from our Fraunhofer Audio Blog.  


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 the progress of C3DA

Fraunhofer IIS was confirmed as one of the contributors to the upcoming China 3D Audio (C3DA) technology in early 2017. Fraunhofer IIS’ MPEG-H Audio proposal was announced as the draft standard for transmission in March 2018, and by the end of the same year, the relevant C3DA standard document was successfully submitted to Chinese authorities.


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

Fraunhofer IIS announced at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas that they are working with Blackmagic Design to include MPEG-H editing and authoring tools in the Fairlight audio subsystem of this popular content creation application.

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 at the NAB Show.


MPEG-H Audio now supported by BBright UHD baseband player

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

NAB 2019: xHE-AAC in the limelight

xHE-AAC and MPEG-D DRC are natively supported in Android Pie. Fraunhofer provides Android 9 Pie’s default xHE-AAC implementation, available as part of the FDK2 AAC Codec Library for Android.


Matthias Rose

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Matthias Rose

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Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
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