Microsoft and Volkswagen team up for in-car file storage

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 supplies Volkswagen with its infotainment software. Microsoft has signed an agreement to license its Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology to, 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

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, 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. 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 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 "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. " 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

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