Orban Licenses MPEG Surround From Fraunhofer IIS

Fraunhofer IIS has announced that its MPEG Surround and HE-AAC multichannel audio formats will be available on Orban’s professional Opticodec-PC streaming encoders.

The MPEG Surround standard offers bandwidth efficiency to Internet radio services, allowing the cost-efficient delivery of surround audio at stereo bitrates as low as 64 kbps for 5.1-surround channels. With the integration of MPEG Surround and HE-AAC Multi-Channel into Orban’s products, Internet broadcasters and pure-play music services will be able to distinguish themselves from competitors by providing an immersive surround audio experience to consumers. Thanks to the stereo-compatible nature of the MPEG Surround codec, listeners can enjoy music streams in the highest quality on both surround-enabled and stereo devices.

“As consumer demand increases for high-quality content delivered online, Fraunhofer’s audio codecs in Orban’s professional streaming encoders provide broadcasters with the best tools to fulfill this desire,” said Harald Popp, head of the Multimedia Realtime Systems department at Fraunhofer IIS. “This enables the delivery of true surround-sound experiences to listeners at affordable bitrates.”

Said Orban VP/Chief Engineer Robert Orban, “Fraunhofer’s expertise and dedication to innovation, as well as its flexible and efficient technology, will enable us to provide broadcasters with the technology they need to meet their listeners’ expectations.”

Featuring Fraunhofer’s MPEG Surround and HE-AAC multi-channel compression schemes, Orban Opticodec-PC Encoders is being promoted during the NAB Show at the Orban (C3059) and Fraunhofer (SU5520) booths at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

MPEG Surround is an ISO standard co-developed by Fraunhofer IIS. Software implementations for device and software-player manufacturers are available for various operating systems and embedded platforms.

For more information, visit http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/bf/amm/.