Fraunhofer IIS Launches Verification Program for HE-AAC Decoder Implementations

Press Release / 11.4.2011

Fraunhofer IIS, the world’s renowned source for audio and multimedia technologies, today announced the Fraunhofer Verification Program. The program enables licensees of Fraunhofer’s HE-AAC decoder to verify the audio quality of their implementations. Customers such as manufacturers of consumer electronics, broadcast equipment and mobile streaming equipment who successfully participate in the Verification Program may be listed with their verified implementations.

The decoder implementations must pass 100 percent of the verification tests in several real-life scenarios, which include streaming capabilities. For this purpose, Fraunhofer IIS provides a broad selection of test bitstreams and a test tool which helps to reduce development and implementation time, enabling a faster time to market.

“Fraunhofer is well known in the industry for its expertise in the development of audio coding technologies and the outstanding quality of its implementations,” said Harald Popp, head of Multimedia Realtime Systems, Fraunhofer IIS. “The verification program allows customers to ensure that they offer high quality audio and multimedia experiences to the end user.”

HE-AAC is the standard codec in bit-rate sensitive applications including mobile media streaming as well as TV and radio broadcasting systems, such as DVB, DAB+, ATSC-M/H, ISDB and Digital Radio Mondiale. The HE-AAC codec supports multi-channel broadcasting in excellent quality at only 160 kbit/s, which is less than half the bitrate of other surround codecs Fraunhofer offers optimized HE-AAC implementations for a broad range of computer platforms, DSPs and embedded processors.