Audio & Multimedia

When it comes to advanced audio technologies for the rapidly evolving media world, Fraunhofer IIS stands alone. For more than 25 years, digital audio technology has been the principal focus of the Audio and Multimedia division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS). From the creation of mp3 and the co-development of AAC to the future of audio entertainment, Fraunhofer IIS brings innovations in sound to reality. 

Today, 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, 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.

Audio & Multimedia - At a glance


Fraunhofer IIS is home of the organization’s Audio and Multimedia division that has been working in audio coding technology 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 and Streaming.


Fraunhofer IIS offers contract-based research and development services, and provides its customers with guidance through the maze of multimedia 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 & Multimedia press releases

Please find all recent Audio & Multimedia press releases in the news section of Fraunhofer IIS.

9/15/2016: Freebox SAS Enters Patent License Agreement for Fraunhofer IIS Advanced Audio Coding Patent Portfolio

9/12/2016: Cadence Offers Industry’s First Licensable MPEG-H Audio Decoder for Tensilica HiFi DSPs

9/7/2016: Media Excel Integrates MPEG-H Audio Encoding from Fraunhofer in New UHD Broadcast Encoder

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.


Recap: Audio & Multimedia Technologies at IBC2016

At IBC2016 we had a lot to offer – be it for digital radio, streaming, TV broadcast or Virtual Reality. Tune in to learn more about our exhibits and see how they can form the future.

Tradeshows and Events


Audio & Multimedia @Tonmeistertagung 2016

Visit us at booth 2-06 of the Congress-Centrum North in Cologne from November 17 - 20. We look forward to seeing you!


01/05/2017 - 01/08/2017

Audio & Multimedia @ CES 2017

Visit us at booth 20944 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 1. We look forward to seeing you!


Matthias Rose

Contact Press / Media

Matthias Rose

Head of Marketing Communications, Audio & Multimedia

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone +49 9131 776-6175

Fax +49 9131 776-6099