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

Learn more about our division's latest news

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.


Let’s meet at CES 2022

The year may be drawing to a close, but trade show season is carefully starting. Naturally, safety is always the first priority and so we happily supported all the creative digital formats show organizers came up with. Nevertheless, we are very excited to be able to meet in person again and look forward to CES 2022 in Las Vegas.



New Tensilica HiFi 1 DSP Features LC3/LC3plus

New Cadence DSP features the LC3/LC3plus codec wich enables extended battery life and improved UX for next-generation hearables, wearables and always-on devices.


VBox Android TV Gateway now supports MPEG-H Audio

Users of the VBox Android TV Gateway can now benefit from MPEG-H Audio capabilities for ATSC 3.0, ISDB-T, and DVB.


Fraunhofer IIS launches MAS 4.0 and all-new MHIT

Welcome to the virtual lab

Grupo Rede Amazonica cooperates with Fraunhofer to roll out MPEG-H Audio on their Amazon Sat broadcast channel

Vodafone Idea Ltd. joins ranks of EVS providers

Artificial Intelligence in Audio and Media Technologies Projects


Center for Digital Signal Processing using Artificial Intelligence DSAI


Fraunhofer KISS Project for AI-based algorithms in signal processing


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

More Information on Audio and Media 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.

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.



CES 2022

CES 2022

Las Vegas / January 5-8, 2022


Business Area Digital Media - Online Events

We invite you to check out and participate in our virtual updates on media technology!


Mandy Garcia

Contact Press / Media

Mandy Garcia

Head of Marketing Communications Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone +49 9131 776-6178

Fax +49 9131 776-6099