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Microsoft Cuts Android License with Sharp

Unusually Microsoft says nothing about the pact being royalty-bearing

Sharp has taken a license to Microsoft's latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for use in products including its Android smartphones popular in Japan.

Unusually Microsoft says nothing about the pact being royalty-bearing - or that it got anything in return - which is not to say that it isn't, only that the terms are undisclosed.

exFAT improves 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. It also increases the speed at which those files can be accessed.

Microsoft has similar exFAT patent licensing agreements with Panasonic, Sanyo, Sony and Canon.

A few days ago a German court, like the US-based International Trade Commission before it, found Motorola Mobility's Android devices guilty of infringing Microsoft's FAT patent.

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