• May 7, 2011
The House that Gates Built has teamed up with the Volkswagen Group to develop the next generation of automotive information and entertainment delivery strategies.
A firm called e.solutions supplies Volkswagen with its infotainment software. Microsoft has signed an agreement to license its Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology to e.solutions, which allows the software developer to squeeze more information into smaller spaces. Also, the speed at which that data can be accessed will get a shot in the arm. Read more about this partnership in the full press release posted after the jump.
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Microsoft Signs Patent Licensing Agreement With Volkswagen Group Software Supplier e.solutions

exFAT file technology helps automakers integrate enhanced consumer multimedia into cars.


REDMOND, Wash. - May 2, 2011 - Microsoft Corp. announced today that it signed a patent licensing agreement with Volkswagen Group's software supplier e.solutions, giving the Germany-based company access to Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology - the latest generation of Microsoft's file system.

The agreement is the first of its kind that Microsoft has forged within the automotive sector. exFAT delivers a significant leap forward in the size of media files that can be stored on a broad range of consumer electronic devices and increases the speed with which they can be accessed. exFAT will give car owners additional and reliable resources for bringing multimedia content into their vehicles.

e.solutions was founded by Audi and EB (Elektrobit) in 2009. The goal of the joint venture is to provide an infotainment software suite to enhance reuse of software for in-vehicle infotainment and to drive innovations. The company is developing technologies for a new multimedia platform that will provide a longer menu of infotainment options while reducing drivers' distraction. Using exFAT technology will help e.solutions follow future consumer electronics developments while delivering an outstanding multimedia experience.

"In-vehicle electronics breakthroughs have continued at an accelerated pace, opening the door for new opportunities," said Uwe Reder, managing director at e.solutions. "exFAT gives us the opportunity to functionally integrate and innovate, providing our customers with a full-featured driving experience."

Microsoft's Commitment to Intellectual Property Collaboration

Microsoft offers flexible intellectual property 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.

"exFAT will help the auto industry and other industries make it easier for their customers to move large audio and video files across devices," said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property Licensing at Microsoft. "e.solutions is leading the way for the auto industry, and we're pleased to make exFAT available to them and to others through our patent licensing program."

Microsoft has entered into similar patent licensing agreements with several leading consumer electronics manufacturers, including Olympus America Inc., Panasonic Corp., SANYO Electric Company Ltd. and Sony Corp., through its intellectual property licensing program. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.


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      rgee01
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why haven't we reached the age of modular and user-customizable in-car infotainment systems? It should be no different than swapping PCs or such, with a standardized command set and interface.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Önder Sağlamcan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh, goodie. Another electrical thingy for VW to keep track of. They'll screw it up. http://fatmagulunsucune-dizisi.blogspot.com
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet! Now I can get my car AND my identity stolen at the same time!
        Riccardo Sacchetto
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        Sounds like a great improvement in the life of thieves....
        Myself
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        Comment of the day :-) But don't worry, you'll be able to recover by pressing CTR-ALT-DEL. Obviously, CTRL and ALT will be on the dashboard but DEL will be located in the engine bay. Or, as nerds would do, you can exit the car and then enter again. Jeeeez, is there a greater combination of a car brand and and an IT brand where this kind of jokes practically write themselves? OK, maybe it would work better with car makers starging with F, such as Fiat and French brands....
      • 3 Years Ago
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      xs4tune
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just knew Microsoft wouldn't be happy until they could crash your car too!
      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh, goodie. Another electrical thingy for VW to keep track of. They'll screw it up.
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing. So now I can get my cheap, bland Jetta interior with cheap, unreliable data storage. I miss my MkV :'( should have bought it out.
      Robert Fahey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are we spending more time in our cars overall? If not, then this lastest wave of infotainment is just another sign that we're increasingly unable to "unplug" even during our work commutes. Sad, really.
      godwhomismike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Microsoft teams up with VW... here is a BSOD for your CEL.
      spinnetti
      • 3 Years Ago
      BOOOO... MS blows... Its the computer equivalent of the electrical problems VW is known for. They should stick with the choice of their buyers - MAC!
      thepennyracer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would have thought VW would have teamed up with Mac software. Always saw VW as the Mac of the auto world...die hard fans and those heavily opposed, lots of white, girls like the trendy models of it but they can't explain why...
        Myself
        • 3 Years Ago
        @thepennyracer
        I'm sorry but that would devaluate Mac brand. MS and VW are really similar. Both OK for most people, average enough to attract masses that are unaware of better world outside being bland and sterile.
          thepennyracer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Myself
          i hope you're talking about linux. think of it this way, both VW and Mac are bought by college art students just messing about, not actually getting real work done. -former college art student
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