Fraunhofer IIS Becomes Axia Partner

Respected German tech developer adds Livewire™ to broadcast products.

06 September 2007, Cleveland Ohio, USA

Germany’s well-known Fraunhofer-IIS research organization is the latest broadcast technology provider to become an Axia Audio partner.

According to Alexander Zink, Product Director of Fraunhofer’s ContentServer systems, Fraunhofer plans on implementing the Livewire standard for IP-Audio connectivity into their broadcast server solutions, making it possible for broadcasters with Axia IP-Audio networks to integrate with Fraunhofer ContentServer products using a single, simple Ethernet connection.

“Broadcasters employing Fraunhofer broadcast solutions will benefit greatly from the inclusion of Livewire technology,” says Zink. “The tight integration of IP-based audio distribution into our professional broadcast server solutions will provide broadcasters with a convenient way of uniformly handling audio distribution in the studio infrastructure — right up to final broadcast encoding.”

“Axia and our parent company, Telos, have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Fraunhofer, beginning with our introduction of MP3 technology to the broadcasting community in the early Nineties,” says Axia President Michael “Catfish” Dosch. “FhG’s commitment to including the Livewire networking standard in their broadcast products signals a new way for Axia clients to easily add professional content delivery systems to their networks.”

According to Zink, “Fraunhofer ContentServer solutions provide very sophisticated data application handling, automation features, security features and real-time audio encoding. Since these servers are typically located in a studio or a network provider’s playout center, it stands to reason that integration with modern audio distribution systems like Axia will be a major benefit to our mutual clients. Our ContentServer broadcast solutions are in operation at many well-known stations and network providers, such as Deutsche Welle, bce/RTL Group, VT Communications, DeutschlandRadio, Antenne Bayern/ROCKANTENNE, several public broadcast stations from the ARD group, most German Digital Radio multiplex operators, and many more.” Fraunhofer’s broadcast solutions include Fraunhofer ContentServers designed for Digital Radio Mondiale, DAB, and digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) applications such as Mobile TV.

Fraunhofer IIS joins a growing list of Axia partners ( offering hardware and software products that integrate with Axia IP-Audio networks. Axia networks are now in use in over 500 broadcast studios; Axia products include a family of microphone, analog line and AES/EBU “audio nodes” and DSP mix engines, routing control and administration software, and the popular Element™ modular studio console. For more information, visit or contact Clark Novak at


Axia, a Telos company, builds Ethernet-based professional IP-Audio products for broadcast, production, sound-reinforcement and commercial audio applications. Products include digital audio routers, on-air control surfaces, DSP mixers and processors and software for configuring, managing, and interfacing networked audio systems.

About Fraunhofer IIS: Founded in 1985, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, with its 480 staff members, ranks first in employees and revenues among the Fraunhofer Institutes. Fraunhofer IIS has achieved worldwide recognition for the development of the audio coding method mp3. Fraunhofer IIS provides research services on a contract basis and licenses technology in the areas of audio and video source coding, multimedia realtime systems, digital radio broadcasting and digital cinema systems, integrated circuits and sensor systems, design automation, wireless, wired and optical networks, localization and navigation, imaging systems and nanofocus X-ray technology, high-speed cameras, medical sensor solutions, and communications technology in transport and logistics. Its budget of 58 million Euro is financed primarily by projects from industry and public institutions, with less than 20 percent subsidized by state and federal funds. For more information visit