Microsoft inks deal with Aspen Avionics

Microsoft Corp. and Aspen Avionics Inc. have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives Aspe access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT). It is the first agreement forged by Microsoft in the avionics sector.

exFAT is  file system improving on its predecessor, the FAT file system, and expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by more than five times over the previous technology, Microsoft officials said. 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 data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and a variety of electronic devices.

“Innovative avionics requires a modern file system, such as exFAT, that can handle significantly larger file sizes to display richer data than legacy file systems could handle,” said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing at Microsoft. “This agreement with Aspen Avionics highlights how exFAT can help directly address the specific needs of customers in the aviation industry, and we’re delighted to make exFAT available to the company through our intellectual property licensing program.”

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