JAPANESE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS HOUSE Panasonic has signed up for an intellectual property licensing deal with Microsoft, which gives it access to the Vole's Extended File Allocation Table (ExFAT) technology.
Microsoft has been aggressively seeking licensing deals for this extension of its geriatric FAT filesystem technology since late last year when Canon, Sony, Sanyo and Olympus signed on the dotted line to use it in their hardware.
Now Panasonic has taken a bite of the Vole's mealy old filesystem code patched up with rubber bands and sticky tape and will build the Redmond firm's proprietary technology into its media related products. It has also obtained a patent license that covers its use of Microsoft's ageing FAT filesystem in its devices.
"Microsoft's ExFAT file system technology is designed to enhance multimedia experiences for consumers, which is especially important as televisions and other consumer electronic devices are moving far beyond traditional media content," said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property Licensing at Microsoft. "This agreement with Panasonic is the most recent example of our commitment to licensing cutting-edge intellectual property to drive innovation across the industry."
The companies have signed up to the ExFAT file system because it supports up to 256TB of data rather than FAT's comparatively paltry 32GB. According to Microsoft, that translates to 4,000 RAW images and up to 100 HD movies, and it claims that ExFAT also expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle. µ
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