About Fraunhofer IIS Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS is home to the organization’s Audio and Media Technologies division that has been working in audio and image coding and signal processing for more than 25 years. Fraunhofer IIS is the main inventor of mp3, universally credited with the co-development of AAC (Advanced Audio Coding), and built the DCI test plan for the worldwide interchangeability of digital cinema movies.

Audio technologies for the media world of tomorrow include Fraunhofer Cingo® for immersive sound for VR, Fraunhofer Symphoria® for automotive 3D audio, AAC-ELD and EVS for telephone calls with CD-like audio quality, xHE-AAC for streaming and digital radio, 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.

For the digital film industry, the division develops innovative technologies such as a special way of light-field data processing, which opens up new possibilities for professional post-production. Another research focus lies on tools for DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages) and IMFs (Interoperable Master Format) as well as on the easyDCP software, which is used by more than 1,500 licensees for the creation, playback and control of DCPs and IMFs.

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