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The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits’s (IIS) complete suite of Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) software is available to support the AAC patent licensing program from Via Licensing.

At Fraunhofer IIS, manufacturers gain access to optimised implementations of all technologies included in this new patent licensing program: AAC-LC, HE-AAC v1 and v2, AAC-LD and AAC-ELD.

In addition, Fraunhofer offers an extended suite of conformance bitstreams, testing tools and a logo program, which enables its customers to make complete, interoperable products based on Fraunhofer’s standards.

Fraunhofer’s software implementations are key components of the company’s range of products that are available in source or object code form for various platforms, microcontrollers and DSPs including products from Texas Instruments, ARM, MIPS and Analog Devices.

The addition of AAC-ELD and HE-AAC v2 to Via’s AAC patent licensing program addresses the growth taking place in both IP-based communication and conferencing as well as high-speed multimedia download and streaming applications.

Under the terms of Via’s AAC patent licensing program, hardware and software manufacturers will be able to license multiple AAC technologies under a single, unified patent license.

The updated program, for the first time, covers MPEG AAC-ELD (Enhanced Low Delay) and MPEG HE-AAC v2, which includes Parametric Stereo (PS) and Spectral Band Replication (SBR) patents.

Stefan Geyersberger, head of IP licensing at Fraunhofer IIS, says Via’s updated AAC patent licensing program offers a number of benefits to licensees.

The new program offers an updated, simplified reporting structure and the ability to aggregate volume across multiple AAC technologies and product categories.

The program also offers device-based pricing, annual pricing resets and per-product price caps for multi-channel devices.

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