Creator of the MP3 format
With 67 institutes and independent research institutions in Germany and numerous national and international institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA, Fraunhofer is one of the leading organisations for applied research. It has around 23,000 employees who process research funding amounting to 2 billion euros per year.
Founded in 1985, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen is currently the largest of the Fraunhofer institutes. It gained international fame by its substantial contributions in the development of the MP3 and MPEG AAC audio coding formats.
Working closely with its customers, the Institute’s researchers develop technology in the areas of audio and multimedia, imaging systems, energy management, IC design and design automation, communication, localisation, medical engineering, sensor systems, safety technology, supply chains and non-destructive testing.
Nanotechnology for electronics and electronics for sustainable energy use are key areas of research and development at Fraunhofer IISB.
Founded in 1985, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB) conducts applied research and development in the areas of microelectronics and nanoelectronics, power electronics and mechatronics. The institute has received international recognition for its technology, device and material developments for nanoelectronics, its activities in the area of simulation and its work on power electronic systems for energy efficiency and hybrid and electric cars.
Working closely with Electron Devices at FAU, the Institute is involved in the entire process chain, from basic research and prototype creation to application in industry.