In-vehicle infotainment gets boost from new Microsoft exFAT file system deals

In-vehicle infotainment gets boost from new Microsoft exFAT file system deals

Microsoft's commitment to intellectual property licensing continues through
its latest agreements with Audiovox, Continental, Harman and LG Automotive.

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REDMOND, Wash., June 19, 2013

REDMOND, Wash., June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Microsoft Corp. today announced
patent licensing agreements with automotive technology companies Audiovox,
Continental, Harman and LG Automotive for the use of its Extended File
Allocation Table (exFAT) file system.

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The advanced capabilities of Microsoft's exFAT technology allow automotive
technology companies to meet increasing consumer demand for connected cars
that let drivers and passengers transport media between all their favorite
devices — even their automobiles. exFAT is the modern file system of choice
due to its ability to facilitate large files for audiovisual media and enable
seamless data portability between electronic devices. According to a report
from Accenture, the in-vehicle infotainment and telematics global market is
predicted to exceed $80 billion by 2014. exFAT supports the high-capacity SDXC
memory card standard, which is increasingly used for music, pictures, videos
and maps for navigation systems and USB-based storage devices.

"The exchange of intellectual property makes it possible for companies to
bring great ideas to market quickly, and keep pace with customer demand," said
David Kaefer, general manager of intellectual property licensing, Microsoft.
"We believe collaborative licensing brings the best value to consumers."

Tuxera, the leading interoperable file systems provider, works with the
automotive industry to implement and support exFAT technology across a range
of in-vehicle products that require highly-reliable file system solutions. The
company understands the importance of increased in-vehicle entertainment in
today's automotive market.

"Connectivity is a critical component of in-car infotainment, and exFAT
technology is the glue that makes it possible," said Viet-Anh Le, Tuxera's
automotive business manager. "Licensing exFAT ensures consumers will
experience the best possible interoperability with next-generation
infotainment solutions."

Microsoft previously announced a similar exFAT licensing agreement with BMW,
as well as with companies in a variety of other industries including Aspen
Avionics, Panasonic Corp., Research In Motion, SANYO Electric Company Ltd.,
Sony Corp. and Canon Inc.

Microsoft's commitment to intellectual property collaboration

Microsoft offers flexible intellectual property (IP) licensing programs that
give companies access to many of the foundational technologies in its
products, allowing those companies to build devices, applications and services
that work seamlessly with one another.

Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the
company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements and continues to
develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors
to access its IP portfolio. More information about Microsoft's IP licensing
program is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing, and information
related to Microsoft's exFAT licensing program is available at
http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/en/us/intellectualproperty/iplicensing/programs/exfatfilesystem.aspx.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

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