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Microsoft Licenses Multimedia File System To Panasonic

Panasonic will license Microsoft's exFAT file system, which makes it easier to exchange multimedia files across devices.

Microsoft has reached an intellectual property agreement with Panasonic that provides Panasonic with access to Microsoft's extended file allocation table, a file system technology that helps flash memory devices handle rich audio and multimedia files.

Access to the exFAT file system will allow Panasonic to offer more seamless portability of multimedia files from a Windows PC to different devices. Panasonic also negotiated a patent license that covers use of the FAT32 long filename format in its products.

Having access to the exFAT file system is important to Panasonic "as televisions and other consumer electronic devices are moving far beyond traditional media content," said David Kaefer, general manager of intellectual property licensing at Microsoft, in the announcement Thursday.

He said exFAT expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle. It is designed for handling large audiovisual files, such as a video or film, and allows for an easier interchange between desktop PCs and flash memory, such as USBs, media players, and the like.

Microsoft has previously reached similar agreements with Sanyo and Olympus.

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