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Dec 20 2009   11:19PM GMT

Microsoft Licensing Next-Generation exFAT File Format

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Microsoft is licensing its Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology for use by other vendors. The exFAT format offers a number of advantages over FAT and FAT32- most notably support for up to 256 terabytes of storage. For flash memory devices, exFAT also provides faster file save speeds–boosting SDXC (Secure Digital Extended Capacity) up to 300 mbps. 

David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property Licensing at Microsoft explained “There has been an explosion in the use of rich audio and video files.” 

Kaefer continued “exFAT is an ideal file system that delivers fast and reliable use of audio and video files. It is an important technology in Windows 7, and now that we are licensing this technology broadly to the industry, we want to encourage and support partners to build products that also contain this technology.”

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