Microsoft Signs Patent Licensing Agreement With BMW

For the past few years, we have heard many patent licensing agreement between Microsoft and Android OEMs, ODMs, etc,. Today, Microsoft announced a patent licensing agreement with BMW which gives the automaker access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) file format.

Press Release:

REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 16, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. and BMW have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives BMW broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT). BMW will utilize exFAT technology to enhance the digital entertainment offerings in its line of automobiles. exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices.

exFAT improves on its predecessor, the FAT system, and greatly expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by five times over previous FAT technology. It also increases the speed with which those files can be accessed. “Cutting-edge technology is a must for today’s leading automotive brands,” said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing at Microsoft.

“This agreement allows BMW to utilize a modern file system to deliver a more entertaining and connected driving experience.” Gottfried Schmid, BMW project manager, CE-Device Connection, said that “with the support of the trend-setting file system exFAT, BMW is able to significantly increase the number of compatible CE devices and Mass Storage devices for our customers.” Source: Microsoft



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