Fraunhofer Surround Sound: Redefining Mobile Entertainment in the Home and on the Go

Fraunhofer Surround Sound: Redefining Mobile Entertainment in the Home and on 
the Go 
BARCELONA, SPAIN and HANNOVER, GERMANY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/20/13 --
 Entertainment has gone mobile with phones and tablets acting as
mobile media centers for easy, real-time access to music, movies and
games. The organization behind ensuring excellent audio quality of
most of those multimedia services is Germany's R&D powerhouse
Fraunhofer IIS, the inventor of mp3 and co-developer of AAC.
Fraunhofer's audio technologies not only enable excellent music sound
of smartphones and tablets, but also allow them to play back videos
with high-quality, movie theater-like surround sound. At CeBIT and
Mobile World Congress, Fraunhofer IIS demonstrates how surround sound
and mobile devices go hand in hand.  
Since Android 4.1, Fraunhofer Surround Sound software is natively
integrated in Android delivering a great surround experience right
into the living room via smartphones and tablets. Fraunhofer Surround
Sound software includes the High-Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) audio codec,
today's most efficient, high-quality multi-channel and stereo audio
codec. This codec transforms Android smart phones and tablets into
true media centers for the home. With a simple HDMI connection to a
home theater, mobile devices can stream high-quality content with
surround sound into the living room for a theater-like experience in
the comfort of home. 
HE-AAC is the global standard for broadcast and streaming 
HE-AAC has emerged as the global standard for streaming multimedia
content, including Internet radio or web TV, digital radio and
digital television. Examples include Digital Radio DAB+ in Germany,
digital television in Europe and South America or streaming services
such as YouTube and Pandora. The codec is integrated into operating
systems and streaming platforms, and can be found in more than 5
billion consumer electronic devices. With a range of supported
bit-rates as low as 64 to 160 kbit/s for 5.1 surround sound, the
freedom of choice of the channel configuration from mono to stereo to
7.1 surround, and up to 48 channels, HE-AAC is unmatched in
efficiency, flexibility and quality making it the perfect choice for
adaptive streaming applications. 
Surround sound over headphones 
To pres
erve the cinematic experience of surround sound even while on
the go, Fraunhofer IIS also offers tools that enable surround sound
playback on mobile devices with any pair of stereo headphones. This
software is available for mobile device manufacturers and providers
of multimedia services.  
Fraunhofer is demonstrating streaming high-quality multimedia content
with surround sound into the living room and on the go at Mobile
World Congress, hall 7, stand 7D60 in Barcelona, February, 25-28,
2013 and at CeBIT, hall 9, stand E08 in Hannover, March, 5-9, 2013.  
About Fraunhofer
 The Fraunhofer IIS Audio and Multimedia division,
based in Erlangen, Germany, has been working in compressed audio
technology for more than 20 years and remains a leading innovator of
technologies for cutting-edge multimedia systems. Fraunhofer IIS is
universally credited with the development of mp3 and co-development
of AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) as well as technologies for the media
world of tomorrow, including MPEG Surround and the Fraunhofer Audio
Communication Engine.  
Through the course of more than two decades, Fraunhofer IIS has
licensed its audio codec software and application-specific
customizations to at least 1,000 companies. Fraunhofer estimates that
it has enabled more than 5 billion commercial products worldwide
using its mp3, AAC and other media technologies. 
The Fraunhofer IIS organization is part of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft,
based in Munich, Germany. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe's largest
applied research organization and is partly funded by the German
government. With 22 000 employees worldwide, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
is composed of 60 Institutes conducting research in a broad range of
research areas.  
For further information contact: 
Kim Peterson
Phone: +1-303-752-3552
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