Berlin, Germany (September 20, 2005)–At the Popkomm 2005 trade fair, engineers of Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, in partnership with Thomson, presented an MP3 Surround hardware player. The decoder, in this case based on ARM chip design, can be implemented into a wide range of home entertainment products including home theater receivers, DVD players and portable audio players.
“The ARM powered MP3 Surround hardware player, developed at Fraunhofer IIS, represents another piece of a puzzle in the new format’s development and gives a clear view on upcoming MP3 Surround consumer electronic devices,” commented Harald Popp, head of the multimedia realtime systems department at Fraunhofer IIS.
Henri Linde, vice president Intellectual Property and Licensing unit for Thomson, is also optimistic: “…We are excited to showcase the benefits of MP3 Surround with this hardware implementation, which paves the way for further product developments by our licensees.”
Fraunhofer IIS has worked with Thomson’s Intellectual Property and Licensing unit to offer optimized MP3 Surround decoder software for all popular processor platforms such as ARM, MIPS, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices and many more. The technology enables 5.1 channel surround for web-based music distribution, broadcasting systems, PC-related audiovisual or gaming applications, consumer electronics and automotive systems.
Earlier this year, DivX announced MP3 Surround support in future releases of their video codec. MAGIX recently presented the first MP3 Surround software product targeting a broad consumer group at the IFA in Berlin. With “MAGIX music maker 2006 deLuxe,” music can be created and arranged in MP3 Surround.
MP3 and MP3 Surround patent and software licensing is handled by Thomson at www.mp3licensing.com.
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