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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Fraunhofer IIS Audio and Media Technologies offers software solutions for the following areas:


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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 and the Fraunhofer IIS Magazine.


Fraunhofer and Ericsson bring higher quality and lower power consumption to Bluetooth Audio products

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has introduced LE Audio, designed to boost the performance of Bluetooth Audio. An integral part of LE Audio is its mandatory audio codec, LC3 (short for Low Complexity Communication Codec), which was jointly developed by Fraunhofer IIS and Ericsson.


3D soundbar reference design by Fraunhofer IIS and Tymphany

At the CES 2020 show in Las Vegas, Fraunhofer IIS and Tymphany, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of audio systems, headphones, acoustic modules and drivers, present a jointly developed reference design of a 3D soundbar targeting the mid-price segment. The soundbar consists of one single enclosure with the subwoofer integrated into the device.


upHear VQE enables barge-in and far-field voice commands on LG smart speaker

LG has launched a Russian version of its XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7 smart speaker. In order to provide the smart assistant with user commands in the best possible audio quality, the device is equipped with the Yandex.IO microphone array technology, which includes Fraunhofer’s upHear Voice Quality Enhancement (VQE).

KISS: A new project in the field of Artificial Intelligence

Fraunhofer IIS and FAU are teaming up to dive deeper into research in the field of machine learning.  

Adaptive bit rate audio codec xHE-AAC now natively supported on Apple, Amazon and Android products

Artificial Intelligence in Audio and Media Technologies Projects


Fraunhofer KISS Project for AI-based algorithms in signal processing


Fraunhofer SPEAKER Project: A speech assistant »made in Germany«

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The mp3 history

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Mandy Garcia

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Fraunhofer IIS
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