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Positioning and Networks / 1.4.2020

Fraunhofer IIS experts support the fight against the coronavirus with technical knowledge

Audio and Media Technologies / 2.3.2020

Fraunhofer IIS brings comprehensive MPEG audio codec suite to NXP Semiconductors

Audio and Media Technologies / 6.2.2020

Fraunhofer software helps power immersive music services for Amazon Echo Studio smart speaker

Positioning and Networks / 6.2.2020

On the road to autonomous driving – automated merging maneuvers

Fraunhofer IIS / 6.1.2020

New chair at the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics

Smart Sensing and Electronics / 12.12.2019

Fraunhofer participates in Germany’s Sprunginnovationen competition with the ADELIA project

Communicaton Systems / 3.12.2019

Project "KI-FLEX": how new AI-based electronic solutions can make autonomous driving safer

Fraunhofer IIS / 29.11.2019

Video from the celebratory symposium on the 60th birthday of Prof. Albert Heuberger

Fraunhofer IIS / 12.11.2019

Prof. Alexander Martin to become third Director at Fraunhofer IIS

Supply Chain Services / 23.10.2019

»TOP 100 in European Transport and Logistics Services 2019/2020«

Audio and Media Technologies / 16.10.2019

360 Reality Audio Immersive Music Services and Devices Announced with MPEG-H

Audio and Media Technologies / 19.9.2019

Fraunhofer SPEAKER project rewarded at AI innovation competition held by German government

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  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS participates in the multinational initiative "Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing" (PEPP-PT) for a cross-border platform and framework on the basis of which privacy-compliant apps can be developed to help contain the COVID19 pandemic. The Fraunhofer IIS expert team for networking coordinates the methods and algorithm development of Bluetooth-supported distance estimation and implements the different methods.

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  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, inventor of mp3 and primary developer of xHE-AAC and the MPEG-H Audio standard, announced that NXP® Semiconductors will leverage Fraunhofer’s MPEG audio SDK. This software package covers four generations of audio codecs: legacy MPEG Layer-1/2/3 as well as the next-generation MPEG-H 3D Audio standard and the AAC codec family, including xHE-AAC. NXP will incorporate these codecs into its multimedia system solutions, which raise the bar for audio quality in home entertainment products, such as set-top boxes, soundbars or smart speakers.

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  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, inventor of mp3 and primary developer of AAC, MPEG-H Audio and other MPEG standard audio codecs, announced today that Amazon has become an important music-centric licensee of its MPEG-H audio decoder software, included in the new Echo Studio. MPEG-H is the novel audio scheme used for new immersive music services including those based on the Sony 360 Reality Audio format. 360 Reality Audio services from Amazon Music HD on the Echo Studio are enabled by the Fraunhofer software.

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    When merging and overtaking in complex traffic situations, drivers must pay extreme attention. A lapse in concentration can sometimes lead to accidents – something that automated driving assistance systems work to prevent. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, together with its project partners RISE, Scania, Waysure, Ceit-IK4, Baselabs and Commsignia, has made another successful step towards autonomous driving as part of an EU-funded project PRoPART. On a test track in Sweden, automotive industry experts were able to see how well the automated merging solution performed in an impressive live demonstration with a truck.

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  • Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched its first-ever competition dedicated to the development of an innovative, energy-efficient AI system. The Fraunhofer Institutes IIS and IPMS have entered their joint ADELIA (Analog Deep Learning Inference Accelerator) project into the BMBF’s Sprunginnovationen competition, where their focus is on the design of an analog inference accelerator ASIC. Fraunhofer IIS leads the project.

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  • Prof. Alexander Martin
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    As of November 1, 2019, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is expanding its management. Prof. Alexander Martin will join what is now a three-member management team. He is responsible for the Positioning and Networks as well as the Supply Chain Services research areas and also holds a chair for applied mathematics at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.

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  • If you listen to your favorite song and suddenly get the feeling you’re hearing it for the first time, diving into the music and being surrounded by the musicians, it might be that you’re listening to 360 Reality Audio. This new immersive music format, based on MPEG-H Audio technology, brings artists and their fans closer together than ever before. Music has never been so real and so immersive. At the official launch event in New York on October 15, Sony introduced the new music format and announced the first 360 Reality Audio immersive music streaming services from Amazon Music HD, Deezer, and TIDAL will launch this fall. Also on display at the Sony Music Hall in NYC were the first 360 Reality Audio consumer devices: the Amazon Echo Studio premium smart speaker as well as Sony headphones.

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  • Erlangen/Sankt Augustin, GERMANY: The SPEAKER project for the development of a voice assistant platform “made in Germany” won an award at the “Artificial intelligence as a driver for economically relevant ecosystems” innovation competition run by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. This Fraunhofer project was one of 16 outstanding concepts that prevailed in a field of more than 130 submissions. The award ceremony took place on September 19, 2019, as part of the inauguration of the Digital Technology Forum in Berlin.

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS performs contract research and development for industry and public authorities in the fields of microelectronic systems and software.

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Fraunhofer IIS possesses outstanding expertise in the fields of  audio and media technologies and cognitive sensor technologies. We systematically and strategically pursue both research topics, so that we can offer our customers and partners first-class support, including in the markets of the future.