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New Products Supporting MPEG-H Audio Hitting the Market

By | October 13th, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

Several new MPEG-H compliant products have been announced at the IBC show 2017 in Amsterdam. From the latest MPEG-H-ready Ultra High Definition Television (UHD TV) platforms to the most recent versions of production tools equipped with MPEG-H Audio export, these new products will help meet the increased demand for products and applications utilizing next-generation audio. New UHD TV Platforms with MPEG-H TV Audio System decoder from MStar and Realtek The T12 UHD TV system-on-chip (SOC) platform by MStar Semiconductor is the latest UHD TV platform to support MPEG-H that is available immediately to interested manufacturers.… Read the full article

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Via Licensing Adds xHE-AAC To AAC Patent Pool License Program

By | October 9th, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , |

Via Licensing Corporation announced the addition of Extended High Efficiency AAC (xHE-AAC) to the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) patent pool.  The expanded patent pool license will be available at no additional cost to licensees, starting in Q4 of 2017. Through this announcement, Via and the AAC licensors are taking steps to encourage and accelerate the adoption of xHE-AAC, the most recent and advanced member of the AAC family of audio codecs. “The addition of xHE-AAC technology increases the value of our AAC patent pool license,” said Joe Siino, President of Via Licensing.… Read the full article

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Digital Radio News from IBC

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , |

At the 2017 IBC show in Amsterdam, two new products including Fraunhofer technologies for digital radio were introduced: the first Software Defined Radio (SDR) digital receiver for consumers, and a new DAB monitoring receiver for transmitter, content and remote-coverage monitoring. Titus II multi standard digital radio receiver Titus SDR, PantronX, Jasmin-Infotech, TWR, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS have teamed up to create Titus II, the world’s first consumer Software Defined Radio (SDR) digital receiver (pictured above). For the first time, this platform supports true, multi-standard radio reception with all-band DRM, DAB(+) and data application decoding.… Read the full article

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Fraunhofer and bcom present VR Comedy Show “Vaudeville” in MPEG-H Spatial Audio based on the VRIF Draft Guidelines

By | September 15th, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, the world-renowned experts in audio and media technologies, and the Hypermedia innovators from the French Research and Technology Institute b<>com have teamed up at IBC 2017 to showcase an end-to-end spatial audio system for production, delivery, playback and rendering of Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) MPEG-H Audio, the international standard for immersive audio. The first virtual reality experience produced with this toolchain is the episodic VR comedy show “Vaudeville” from French VR studio DVGroup. The content is delivered to VR headsets following aspects of the draft guidelines of the Virtual Reality Industry Forum (VRIF), which enable the production and delivery of high quality VR experiences, emphasizing interoperability in an open ecosystem.… Read the full article

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Fraunhofer IIS and Analog Devices showcase MPEG-H Audio and Fraunhofer upHear® Immersive Soundbar Virtualizer at CEDIA 2017

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and Analog Devices, Inc., have unveiled software technology at CEDIA 2017 designed to significantly improve the immersive sound reproduction capabilities of consumer playback devices. The new offering is a reference implementation of Fraunhofer upHear® soundbar processing with MPEG-H decoding and rendering on an Analog Devices digital signal processor (DSP). It is the first commercial implementation of this software, which is fully integrated into the Analog Devices audio framework. The Fraunhofer upHear Immersive Audio Virtualizer enables the delivery of high-quality immersive sound via soundbars – offering authentic spatial audio reproduction that works simply out-of-the-box, without the hassle of installing numerous loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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A behind-the-scenes look at Fraunhofer IIS’ Audio and Media Technologies division

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: |

Our mission with this blog is to give our readers a look at the world of audio coding. In addition to reports on new products, audio research and the latest technologies, we also love to offer a “behind the scenes” look every now and then. This time, we are using video to give an exclusive peek into our work and careers at Fraunhofer IIS, with the help of our colleague Jan Plogsties, head of the Mobile Audio Rendering group at Fraunhofer IIS’ Audio and Media Technologies Division.… Read the full article

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Deutsche Telekom Implements EVS in its LTE network, MPEG LA Launches EVS Patent Portfolio License

By | July 18th, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , |

Customers using Deutsche Telekom’s LTE network can now experience phone calls that feel as if the other person was in the same room. The German carrier has adopted Enhanced Voice Services (EVS), the 3GPP communication codec especially designed for VoLTE services, which, under the name “HD Voice Plus,” provides an even better sound in mobile phone calls moving forward. The requirements for using this new sound experience are a VoLTE cellphone contract as well as an EVS-supporting smartphone. For the former, these are the Telekom versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 edge and the Sony Xperia XZ.… Read the full article

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Fraunhofer 3D Sound in the new Audi A8

By | July 14th, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , |

The new Audi A8, unveiled in Barcelona on July 11 2017, presents the future of luxury class. In its fourth generation, the German brand’s flagship model again provides the benchmark for Vorsprung durch Technik. Audi also continues to set new standards for in-car audio, with true 3D sound on all seats. The Symphoria algorithm developed by Fraunhofer IIS provides a new, immersive sound sensation as part of the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System integrated into the Audi A8. This further optimized rendering solution produces perfect 3D sound out of every audio material, no matter what audio source or music genre.… Read the full article

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International Conference on Semantic Audio at Fraunhofer IIS

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , |

The Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) International Conference on Semantic Audio took place on June 22-24 in Erlangen, Germany at Fraunhofer IIS. The conference included technical discussions along with demos, poster sessions and a few cultural and entertaining activities every evening. Attendees received a pre-conference in-depth introduction with three tutorials on music performance analysis, sonic interactions for virtual reality applications and phase reconstruction from magnitude spectrograms. While the tutorials were not mandatory for attendance, almost all the delegates joined the sessions. Alexander Lerch and Stefan Weinzierl (“Music Performance Analysis”) explained how semantic analysis could be applied to support learning a musical instrument by providing feedback on the accuracy of a performance with respect to rhythm, pitch and tone.… Read the full article

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South Korea launches UHD TV with MPEG-H Audio

By | June 1st, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The MPEG-H TV Audio System is the first next-generation audio codec worldwide to go on air 24/7 as South Korea launched its 4K UHD TV on May 31, 2017. Not only will this new, ultra-high definition television service deliver pin-sharp pictures, it also brings with it two never-heard-before novelties in sound, thanks to the MPEG-H TV Audio System. While immersive sound will pull viewers in the center of the action, interactive sound will enable them to personalize their audio experience according to their likings.… Read the full article

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