Audio and Media Technologies

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 Media Technologies 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 and Media Technologies - At a glance


Fraunhofer IIS is home of the organization’s Audio and Media Technologies 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 and Media Technologies press releases

Please find all recent Audio and Media Technologies press releases in the news section of Fraunhofer IIS.

1/5/2017: LG Licenses MPEG-H Software from Fraunhofer IIS for 2017 TV Models

1/4/2017: Fraunhofer IIS Brings Immersive Sound to Consumers’ Homes through MPEG-H Enabled 3D Soundbar

1/3/2017: Fraunhofer Announces MPEG-H Trademark to Identify Interoperable Products

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.


Recent Developments in Digital Radio

We took a closer look at the latest developments regarding the expansion of the digital radio technologies DAB+ and DRM in different regions of the world.  


MPEG-H now Included in DVB Specification

The latest development in digital television is the leap from HD to Ultra High Definition (UHD). This brings with it with a revolution in TV sound: in the future, TV viewers will be able to not only experience 3D audio in the comfort of their own homes, it will also be possible for them to adjust the audio settings of single TV shows according to their specific preferences.

LG Licenses Fraunhofer IIS MPEG-H Software for 2017 TV Models

The impending launch of the UHD TV service in South Korea, based on ATSC 3.0, marks the world’s first system using a next-generation audio codec in a regular broadcast service. The implementation of the MPEG-H TV Audio System, the next-generation audio technology mainly developed by the world-renowned audio experts at Fraunhofer IIS, provides consumers with innovative capabilities such as immersive sound for a natural listening experience, and the ability to personalize the audio mix.

Tradeshows and Events


Mobile World Congress

In the fields of Audio and Media Technologies, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS presents the technology Cingo for immersive audio in VR devices and applications, as well as the  3GPP/GSMA voice service codec EVS for phone calls with Full-HD Voice quality at MWC 2017 (27 February - 2 March).

Trade show visitors will be able to experience the advantages of these technologies firsthand at our demo stations.   


China Content Broadcasting Network (CCBN) 2017

At CCBN 2017 (March 23 to 25, 2017) Fraunhofer IIS showcases its MPEG-H TV Audio System and accompanying products, as well as Fraunhofer Cingo for the best immersive sound experience on VR devices and the Cingo Composer plug-in for immersive VR sound production. 


Matthias Rose

Contact Press / Media

Matthias Rose

Head of Marketing Communications, Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone +49 9131 776-6175