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Microsoft licenses exFAT file system to Sony, others

By Matthew
Dec 10, 2009
  1. Microsoft has announced that it is licensing its exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) file system to third parties to spread its use in computers and other electronics. Redmond will charge a flat $300,000 license fee for devices like cameras, camcorders, and digital photo frames. Companies that intend to use the format in devices like phones, PCs, and networks will have to pay a volume-based fee.

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +205

    How will this affect future consume products?
     
  3. poundsmack

    poundsmack TS Rookie Posts: 74

    it will affect future consumer products just like every other FAT upgrade. as storage capacities increase so does the need for a file system to facilitate it. the thing that worries me is that Apple said they would not support exFAT. But apple is a prideful company, though they will cave since virtually every single vendor that creates flash based devices is migrating to exFAT.
     
  4. Don't forget the real benefit of exFAT:
    Support for files > 4GB

    Makes ReadyBoost extremely usable with an 8GB SDHC.
     
  5. That doesn't sound right FAT32 supports up to 2TB Volumes not 32GB.
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    You're right

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/154997
    I wonder if Mathew made a mistake there?
     
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,268   +92

    Yep, a thoughtless mistake. I believe I misinterpreted information provided in the press release. Anyhow, I corrected it in the article -- thanks for pointing it out. :grinthumb
     
  8. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 526

    Interesting to see the price that MS is charging for this. I guess in the grand scheme that isn't that much if you are going to sell 100s of thousands of devices.
     
  9. For the record: exFAT drivers for XP SP2/SP3, XP-64, Server 2003/Server 2003-64 here

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=955704
     
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