Research & Development

Fraunhofer IIS is the worldwide leading research lab in the field of audio and image coding as well as media technologies. Numerous state-of-the-art technologies that are now widely used in modern media systems – for example, mp3 and AAC, as well as DCP formats for digital cinema – were developed or co-developed at Fraunhofer IIS.

Ongoing projects in the area of audio technologies include the development of the fifth generation of MPEG audio coding algorithms and new technologies for highest audio quality in communication applications and automobiles. Fraunhofer IIS has also played a pivotal role in the standardization of many broadcasting technologies, including DAB+, DRM+ and Journaline, as well as developing internationally renowned broadcasting equipment such as the Fraunhofer ContentServer product line. Current projects in this area of work include exciting new developments for home connectivity and IPTV.

Additionally, Fraunhofer IIS has been involved in various standardization processes in the field of digital cinema, most notably with the creation of the international DCI test plan to ensure the compatibility of DCI-compliant cinema playback devices. Recent projects in this field are for instance the improvement of light-field technology and the development of the image coding system JPEG XS.

These topics merely scratch the surface of Fraunhofer IIS’ set of innovations devised during the recent two decades.

Current research projects:

Research in the field of Audio Technologies

Ongoing projects in the area of audio technologies include the development of the fifth generation of MPEG audio coding algorithms and new technologies for highest audio quality in communication applications and automobiles.

 

International Audio Laboratories, Erlangen (AudioLabs)

In our research center AudioLabs an international team of scientists is working on innovative topics in the area of Audio and Media Technologies.

Research in the field of Moving Picture Technologies

The department Moving Picture Technologies provides future-oriented imaging solutions as well as software developments for the digital media industry.

Research & Development Services

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

Licensees of Fraunhofer IIS can obtain product ready software implementations of the latest open standards (especially ISO MPEG Audio) at the earliest possible opportunity. In addition to this, Fraunhofer IIS also carries out targeted R&D projects in order to develop application-specific solutions based on existing audio and media technologies.

 

Examples of recent contract-based research projects include:

 

  • Watermarking: Low-complexity, highly robust watermarking system.
  • Digital Broadcast Receiver chips for reception and decoding of digital radio signals.
  • DAB Surround technology trials to demonstrate Digital Radio DAB in 5.1 Surround sound.
  • AAC audio codec optimization for highly resource-limited embedded platforms.
  • Echo Control integration into broadcasting studio intercom.
  • …and many more.

 

 

 

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