Microsoft Corp.(MSFT: Quote) announced Tuesday that the company and Research In Motion Limited (RIMM: Quote,RIM.TO: Quote) have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table or exFAT for certain BlackBerry devices of RIM.
Microsoft noted that exFAT is a modern file system from the company 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.
The exFAT file system not only facilitates large files for use of audiovisual media, it enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and a variety of electronic devices, the company said.
The company added that it offers flexible IP licensing programs that give companies access to many of the foundational technologies in its own products, allowing those companies to build devices, applications and services that work seamlessly with each other.
The company noted that it has entered into similar licensing agreements with several leading consumer electronics manufacturers through its IP licensing program, including Panasonic Corp., SANYO Electric Company Ltd., Sony Corp. and Canon Inc.
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