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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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.

 

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

Consumer devices powered by the latest Android, Fire and Apple operating systems support the most efficient AAC codec with mandatory MPEG-D DRC loudness and dynamic range control metadata – delivering a seamless streaming experience on any device in any environment.

 

360 Reality Audio Music Services and Devices Announced with MPEG-H

If you listen to your favorite song and suddenly get the feeling you’re hearing it for the first time, diving into the music and being surrounded by the musicians, it might be that you’re listening to 360 Reality Audio. This new immersive music format, based on MPEG-H Audio technology, brings artists and their fans closer together than ever before.

 

»We’re developing the European version of a voice assistant.«

Voice assistants are becoming more and more popular, but the systems struggle when it comes to understanding complex contents and context or deriving semantic meaning. Together with her project team, Birgit Brüggemeier is working on the European version of a voice assistant, looking at how these error messages can be communicated to the user without them getting annoyed and ending their interaction with the voice assistant.

Globo successfully used MPEG-H Audio for ISDB‑Tb terrestrial and 5G broadcast during Rock in Rio

Fraunhofer SPEAKER project rewarded at AI innovation competition by German government

Linking engineers and creative minds

In 2018, Dr. Siegfried Foessel, head of the Moving Picture Technologies department at Fraunhofer IIS, was appointed head of the Technology study program at the University of Television and Film (HFF) Munich.

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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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Mandy Garcia

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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

Fax +49 9131 776-6099