Fraunhofer Cingo® – An immersive sound experience on mobile devices
With Fraunhofer Cingo your mobile devices become true multidimensional sound theaters. Plug in your earphones or use the built-in stereo speakers for enveloping sound when enjoying movies, games or any other virtual environment.
Not only does Cingo enable an excellent surround sound listening experience over stereo speakers or headphones, it also provides existing stereo content with a more natural and clear sound. What’s more, Cingo supports rendering of 3D audio content with formats such as MPEG-H that add a height dimension to the sound image. The Google Nexus family of devices uses Cingo for playback in stereo or surround. Cingo is also part of the Samsung Gear VR, creating the ultimate mobile virtual reality experience by delivering 3D spatial sound that incorporates head movements.
The future of TV audio featured by the MPEG-H Audio Alliance
The audio system developed by the MPEG-H Audio Alliance of Fraunhofer, Technicolor, and Qualcomm allows broadcasters and streaming services to deliver the future of TV audio at comparably low bit rates and in a cost-effective manner. It is based on the MPEG-H Audio standard and is being evaluated for the new ATSC 3.0 TV broadcast standard for the U.S.
The system is designed to work with today’s broadcast equipment. It includes object-based and immersive audio that allows viewers to adjust the sound mix to their preferences and improves the realism of sound. Furthermore it will tailor playback to sound best on a range of devices and environments, providing “universal delivery”.
MPEG AAC-ELD is the state-of-the-art audio codec for maximum speech and audio quality at low bitrate and very low coding delay. With its ability to transmit up to 20kHz audio bandwidth, its inherent error-robustness and an algorithmic coding delay of down to 7.5 milliseconds, AAC-ELD is the ideal audio codec for broadcast contribution systems. At InterBEE, Fraunhofer IIS will present the new delay-reduced mode of AAC-ELD which minimizes transmission time of broadcast contribution close to physical limits.
xHE-AAC – The audio codec of choice for digital radio and low bit rate streaming
With its special features, xHE-AAC (Extended HE-AAC) effortlessly meets the requirements of digital radio and streaming applications where various audio content types need to be transmitted at very low bit rates. The audio codec produces excellent sound for both music and speech, delivering high quality performance at bit rates of 6 to 64 kbit/s. Thus xHE-AAC streaming apps and streaming radio players may switch to very low bit rate streams and offer a continuous playback even while the network is congested. It also opens up the possibility to reach billions of 2G users with music streaming services for the first time especially in emerging markets such as India.