Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS' four generations of audio codecs

For over 30 years, the Audio and Media Technologies division of Fraunhofer IIS has been shaping the globally deployed standards and technologies in the fields of audio and moving picture production. Starting with the creation of mp3 and continuing with the co-development of AAC and the Digital Cinema Initiative test plan, almost all consumer electronic devices, computers and mobile phones are equipped with systems and technologies from Erlangen today.

Meanwhile, a new generation of best-in-class media technologies – such as MPEG-H Audio, xHE-AAC, EVS, LC3/LC3plus, Symphoria, Sonamic and upHear – is elevating the user experience to new heights. Always taking into account the demands of the market, Fraunhofer IIS develops technology that makes memorable moments.

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Range of Services

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

Current Topics

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Audio and Media Technologies press section

Audio and Media Technologies at Fraunhofer IIS Magazine

Audio and Media Technologies Newsletter

Artificial Intelligence in Audio and Media Technologies Projects


Allinga – data-secure speech solutions for professional environments


Center for Digital Signal Processing using Artificial Intelligence DSAI


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


Fraunhofer KISS Project for AI-based algorithms in signal processing

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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.

Products by Category

Here, you will find our technologies sorted by product category.


Fraunhofer IIS offers contract-based research and development services, and provides its customers with guidance through the maze of media standards and technologies.


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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.

Fraunhofer Business Area Digital Media

Fraunhofer IIS is member of the Fraunhofer Business Area Digital Media, developing key components for a complete digital media workflow, multi-format and multi-platform content creation and distribution.

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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Mandy Garcia

Head of Marketing Communications Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone +49 9131 776-6178