About Fraunhofer IIS Audio and Media Technologies

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 main inventor of mp3 and universally credited with the co-development of AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) as well as technologies for the media world of tomorrow, including Cingo for immersive sound for VR and MPEG-H for immersive, interactive sound for UHDTV and streaming applications.

Throughout more than two decades, Fraunhofer IIS has licensed its audio codec software to more than 1,000 companies. Fraunhofer estimates that it has enabled more than ten billion commercial products worldwide using its mp3, AAC and other media technologies.

The Fraunhofer IIS organization is part of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Munich, Germany. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest applied research organization and is partly funded by the German government. With nearly 24,000 employees worldwide, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is composed of 67 Institutes conducting research in a broad range of research areas.