Wednesday, November 7th 2012

Microsoft Signs Licensing Agreements for exFAT with Five Companies

Microsoft Corp. announced today that it signed patent licensing agreements for the use of the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) with five companies, spanning industries including high-end camcorders, digital cameras and Android tablets.

The agreements cover Sharp Android tablets, Sigma and NextoDi high-end cameras and accessories, and Black Magic and Atomos Global broadcast-quality video-recording devices.

exFAT is a modern file system that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability for an easy interchange of files between electronic devices. exFAT vastly improves on its predecessor, the FAT file system, and expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by more than five times. It also greatly increases the speed with which those files can be accessed.

"Today's agreements demonstrate the continued success of our licensing program and highlight the adoption of exFAT across multiple industries and many product offerings," said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing at Microsoft. "The unique capabilities of exFAT allow licensees to tailor their products to evolving markets while also meeting the changing needs of their customers."
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9 Comments on Microsoft Signs Licensing Agreements for exFAT with Five Companies

#1
RejZoR
It was about bloody time. Though i'd wish more would support it (namely Philips, LG and Samsung) on their flat TV's. They support NTFS which is a start for 4GB+ HD videos but still...
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#2
TheGuruStud
Ugh, push M$ out. We (I at least) want EXT. I cant's stand these shitty filesystems. Sneeze on it and they get corrupted.
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1d10t
exFAT disk journaling and scheduler barely touch HFS,not to mention EXT4.Trololololo....
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Solidstate89
by: TheGuruStud
Ugh, push MS out. We (I at least) want EXT. I cant's stand these shitty filesystems. Sneeze on it and they get corrupted.
I guess you must have missed that "little" EXT corruption bug that destroyed people's installations.
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TheGuruStud
by: Solidstate89
I guess you must have missed that "little" EXT corruption bug that destroyed people's installations.
And you missed the millions of installs corrupted by fat 16/32...
Windows freezes or power blinks = :banghead:

Or when a external drive is unplugged without "safely removing" it b/c windows is retarded. Corrupted.

At least on EXT that would be a bug, not an inherent quality and feature of M$. :laugh:
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Solidstate89
by: TheGuruStud
And you missed the millions of installs corrupted by fat 16/32...
Windows freezes or power blinks = :banghead:

Or when a external drive is unplugged without "safely removing" it b/c windows is retarded. Corrupted.

At least on EXT that would be a bug, not an inherent quality and feature of MS. :laugh:
You shouldn't be using FAT for installs these days anyways. I don't even see what your point is. That FAT used to suck for installing Windows on? Yeah, no shit. That's why they transitioned to NTFS and why NTFS will soon transition to ReFS. Software (in this case, filesystems) progresses and advances as required. There's a reason you're using EXT4 and not EXT; and why BTRFS is being developed to supersede EXT. Besides, if you want to talk about using a truly advanced FileSystem, why not bring up ZFS?
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1d10t
the only things that hold NTFS are their algorithm ...or so.Linux and Mac are hardly read directory formatted in NTFS,so FAT32 are still viable on various environment OS'es.And for ZFS,it's not like it were meant to be.I'm trying ZFS for Linux ZPH TOS in firewall server equiped with RAID 0 raptor ,and the performance just about the same as EXT4.
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Solidstate89
by: 1d10t
the only things that hold NTFS are their algorithm ...or so.Linux and Mac are hardly read directory formatted in NTFS,so FAT32 are still viable on various environment OS'es.And for ZFS,it's not like it were meant to be.I'm trying ZFS for Linux ZPH TOS in firewall server equiped with RAID 0 raptor ,and the performance just about the same as EXT4.
ZFS for Linux isn't exactly the most stable or complete. You need to use BSD or Solaris to get it. And it isn't so much just the performance but the features and extensibility such as Deduplication or RAID-Z.
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