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News Release from: Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 24 April 2006

Comrex signs for codec licences

Comrex is licensing Fraunhofer IIS implementations of two of the most efficient audio compression technologies standardised in MPEG-4.

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Comrex, a manufacturer of professional broadcasting equipment, is licensing Fraunhofer IIS implementations of two of the most efficient audio compression technologies standardised in MPEG-4. Comrex is integrating this technology into its new Access studio codec to deliver high quality audio over the Internet at very low datarates and with low delay. Fraunhofer's High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding v2 (MPEG-4 HE-AAC v2), also used by organisations like 3GPP for audio delivery to mobile phones, provides high audio quality for applications demanding lowest datarates.

MPEG-4 Low Delay Advanced Audio Coding (MPEG-4 AACLD), mainly developed by the audio coding specialists at Fraunhofer IIS, features a low encoding/decoding delay at low datarates while providing best music and speech quality.

Harald Popp, head of the Multimedia Real-Time Systems department at Fraunhofer IIS, says: 'These two MPEG-4 audio codecs are a perfect cornerstone for any professional broadcast application and we are glad to see Comrex include them in their studio and portable Access codec system'.

The Access studio codec is designed to deliver audio over IP networks in real time.

Kris Bobo, Vice President of Development at Comrex, states: 'Adding the AAC MPEG-4 algorithms extends the flexibility of the Access product'.

'Customers with managed networks will especially enjoy the benefits of the MPEG-4 audio codecs'.

'We are extremely happy to again be working with Fraunhofer on this project, as development is far less stressful when working with such a responsive company'.

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