Fraunhofer IIS provides JPEG XS SDKs to make Video over IP with Ultra Low Latency available

The standardized JPEG XS codec makes it possible to handle high quality media workflows from acquisition to distribution by using Internet Protocol (IP) and Ethernet infrastructure. With the availability of Ethernet interfaces with larger bandwidth and the mezzanine codec JPEG XS, commercial off-the-shelf components from the IT industry and standard internet connectivity can now be used to transmit extremely high quality images and videos over IP in local and wide area networks with low latency.

JPEG XS was first standardized in 2019 and a revised 2nd edition was published in 2022. This 2nd edition brings further enhancements to JPEG XS, such as support for new encoding tools for efficient, high-quality compression of raw Bayer still images and video content. JPEG XS relies on its well-known visual lossless, low-latency and lightweight image encoding system as its core. In this context, JPEG XS can transparently replace uncompressed raw data to reduce bandwidth and energy requirements.

Platforms and Operating Systems

Platforms x64 (CPU)
  NVIDIA Graphic cards (GPU)
Operating Systems Windows 10/11
  MacOS (on request)


JPEG XS stands for extra speed and extra small. The new ISO mezzanine codec standard co-developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits enables interoperability and allows an easy and cost effective integration into IP based infrastructure.  

As an ultra low-latency lightweight image coding system, JPEG XS offers visually lossless quality with compression ratios up to 10:1. It also supports resolution up to 8K and features a frame rate from 24 to 120fps.

Whether Virtual Reality, gaming, in-house or broadcast and digital cinema workflows, the JPEG XS mezzanine codec standard can be applied where today uncompressed video is used. Read more about JPEG XS use cases below.

Use Cases

JPEG XS is a stable and excellent International standard for visually lossless low-latency lightweight image coding, designed to compensate for continuously increasing bandwidth requirements in video transport links. Read more about current use cases.

Video transport over IP

Compressed video over IP networks can transport higher resolution video streams than uncompressed video. A very high quality is possible due to the lightweight compression with a compression ratio of 2:1 to 1:1. The AIMS Pro AV Working Group adopted JPEG XS in combination with SMPTE ST 2110-22.

JPEG XS for VR or AR

JPEG XS is used in head-mounted displays for Virtual and Augmented Reality. For an immersive experience, screens with resolutions above 8 megapixels and 90 frames per second and per eye are required. Such applications require a very low latency coding scheme to ensure tight synchronization between motion and display.

Autonomous driving

In the automotive industry, autonomous driving is an important application. For this application multiple sensors are combined and their data transmitted to a Electronic Control Unit in which the data from the sensors are analysed and related actions calculated. Data from these sensors need to be processed with a high responsivenes.

Movie production

For movie production, images are stored as a recording format in cameras or in external recorders. JPEG XS as a mezzanine codec is an excellent codec for efficiently storing the movie content. In addition, caused by its low complexity, plugins for postproduction tools can be implemented with a very high performance.

Machine Vision

Machine Vision systems typically use cameras installed in the field, while the processing units for complex image analysis are mounted in 19” cabinets far away from the cameras. With JPEG XS an IP based connection between high resolution cameras and processing units are possible.

Exhibitions 2023

NAB 2023

Meet us at the NAB 2023 in Las Vegas, April 15-19, 2023.

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Cine Gear Expo 2023

Meet us at the Cine Gear Expo 2023 in Los Angeles, June 1-4, 2023.

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IBC 2023

Meet us at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2023 in Amsterdam, September 15-18!

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Video Library

Find out more information about technical details of the JPEG XS codec and its licensing model in our video library.

You will find some important key facts watching our JPEG XS workflow and listen to our experts in interviews. 

More Information

JPEG XS Patent Pool

Fraunhofer IIS and intoPIX announce a joint licensing program for JPEG XS.


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