exFAT drivers for Linux and Android
Tuxera, the company formed by the NTFS-3G developers, has announced the availability of an exFAT driver for Android and other Linux systems. Discussing the announcement, Microsoft Intellectual Property Licensing general manager David Kaefer said, “exFAT is a modern file system designed to handle very large files, and we are pleased to support Tuxera’s development of an exFAT file system implementation,” adding that, “To provide necessary patent rights, Microsoft will offer a patent agreement that companies can sign if they are building a device that includes the Tuxera exFAT implementation.”
Developed by Microsoft as a replacement for FAT and FAT32 for flash memory drives, the latest version of the FAT file system does away with the maximum 4GB file size limitations and maximum 32GB partition size of its predecessor. exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) is used as the standard file-system for the SD Card Association's SDXC cards and has been supported in Windows since Vista SP1.
Tuxera exFAT for Android and Linux is currently available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and operating system providers. It's expected that a consumer version that can be downloaded will be released later this year. Microsoft holds patents on the proprietary file system and requires licensing fees for exFAT implementations. The two companies worked together to develop the driver.
- Tuxera exFAT Now Available for Android and Linux, press release from Tuxera.
- Tuxera signs IP deal with Microsoft, a report from The H.