The Fraunhofer Society is a German research organization. The German name is Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and is often abbreviated FhG. The organization is comprised of several institutes. One in particular, Fraunhofer IIS, has had a significant role in the development of digital audio technologies.
Fraunhofer collects patent license fees on MP3 and AAC codecs.
Fraunhofer IIS Codecs
- FhG MP3, a licensed MP3 encoder included in Winamp
- FhG AAC, a licensed AAC encoder included in Winamp
- Fraunhofer FDK AAC, included in Android, with source code available