Karlheinz Brandenburg
Karlheinz Brandenburg

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Name: Karlheinz Brandenburg
Occupation: Engineer
Gender: Male
Birth Day: June 20, 1954
Age: 66
Country: Germany
Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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Karlheinz Brandenburg

Karlheinz Brandenburg was born on June 20, 1954 in Germany (66 years old). Karlheinz Brandenburg is an Engineer, zodiac sign: Gemini. Find out Karlheinz Brandenburgnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

Brief Info

Known best for his role in developing the MP3 audio format, this German-born sound engineer was the 2004 recipient of the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award. His other honors include the Audio Engineering Society's Silver Medal and Board of Governors Award.


During the late 1980s and early 1990s, he lived in the United States and worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories. He later returned to his native Germany and taught at both the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Technical University of Ilmenau.

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Before Fame

He earned degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from Erlangen University and went on to receive a doctorate in the former field from Friedrich-Alexander University.

Biography Timeline


Brandenburg received a Dipl. Ing. degree from Erlangen University in Electrical Engineering (1980) as well as a Dipl. Math. degree in Mathematics (1982). In 1989, he obtained his Ph.D. from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg in Electrical Engineering for his work on digital audio coding and perceptual measurement techniques. Brandenburg's Ph.D. advisor was Professor Dieter Seitzer, an expert in psychoacoustics. In the early 1980s, Seitzer had a pet project that he called a "digital jukebox." He envisioned a system where people could connect to a central server and hear music on demand over ISDN phone lines. But the bandwidth of ISDN is an order of magnitude too narrow for transmission of CD-quality digital audio. A standard compact disc uses linear pulse code modulation (PCM) with 16 bits per sample per channel, at 44,100 samples per second. This means that it takes about 1.4 million bits to encode a single second of stereo audio. To send music over ISDN at playback speed, Seitzer would need to compress the file down by a factor of almost 12-to-1.

From 1989 to 1990 he worked with AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, U.S. on ASPEC and MPEG-1 Layer 3. In 1990, he returned to the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and, in 1993, he became head of the Audio/Multimedia department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen. Since 2000, he has been full professor at the Institute for Media Technology at Technical University of Ilmenau. In addition, he is the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau.

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Karlheinz was born and raised in Erlangen, Germany.

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Currently, Karlheinz Brandenburg is 68 years, 1 months and 29 days old. Karlheinz Brandenburg will celebrate 69th birthday on a Tuesday 20th of June 2023. Below we countdown to Karlheinz Brandenburg upcoming birthday.


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