Erlangen, Germany, and Las Vegas – Jan 5, 2012 – Fraunhofer IIS, personal music service provider Aupeo and Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America (PASA) announced a collaboration to demonstrate the new Aupeo service at the 2012 CES in Las Vegas.

Aupeo uses Fraunhofer’s MPEG Surround audio codec to deliver . According to Fraunhofer, “the bit rate efficiency of the codec allows for streaming over 3G/4G or Wi-Fi networks.” Fraunhofer adds, “This high-quality surround codec provides a cost-efficient delivery of streaming surround audio at stereo bit rates as low as 64kb/s for 5.1-channels. MPEG Surround is compatible with existing stereo receivers and includes a binaural mode for playback of surround sound over common stereo headphones.”

Fraunhofer will demonstrate the Aupeo Surround service in a living room setting at its CES booth #20417, and Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America will exhibit a car head unit with integrated Fraunhofer MPEG Surround decoder built on PASA’s Connected Infotainment Platform at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.