Sharp Corp. entered into an IP licensing agreement with Microsoft to use the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT). "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 desktop PCs and other electronic devices."
"exFAT, or EXtended File Allocation Table, is an enhanced version of the FAT file system from Microsoft that uses less overhead than the Windows NTFS file system."
"It extends the maximum file size of 4GB in FAT32 to virtually unlimited. exFAT has been part of part of Microsoft's embedded version of Windows, as well as of Windows client. Microsoft also has continued to license FAT (the "full FAT"?) alongside exFAT to interested parties."
The agreement covers the use of exFAT in smartphones distributed by Sharp based on the Android platform.
"Today's agreement allows Sharp to incorporate the latest file system from Microsoft in its product portfolio and deliver faster response times and greater storage capabilities to consumers around the globe," Microsoft stated.
"Consumers today move from mobile phones, to PCs, to home entertainment systems throughout their day -- and they expect their media to move as seamlessly across those devices as they do," said Horacio Gutierrez, cvp and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.