Fraunhofer IIS and Modulation Index have collaborated on the xHE-AAC enabled streaming encoder “StreamS Live” and presented it at IBC2015.
Designed for speech and music transmission at 16 kbps for stereo, xHE-AAC is a low bit-rate extension of the AAC audio codec. xHE-AAC coding enables streaming services to operate at lower data rates. The encoder also reduces buffering times and features lower bandwidth requirements, said Fraunhofer.
“We are taking a new approach to live streaming with the application of Fraunhofer’s xHE- AAC codec enabling the StreamS Live Encoder. xHE-AAC represents the next step in audio codec technology. The StreamS Live Encoder will allow any web server on any platform to be used to deliver high quality sound for music and speech thanks to xHE-AAC,” said Greg Ogonowski, president at Modulation Index.
In addition to streaming applications, xHE-AAC is the standard codec for Digital Radio Mondiale.
The xHE-AAC patent license is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2016.