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Sharp has succumbed to the charms of a Microsoft licensing deal for the filing system exFAT.

Microsoft will license its Extended File Allocation Table technology to Sharp in a deal covering the consumer electronic giant’s Android-based smartphones.

Sharp joins Panasonic, SANYO, Sony and Canon in coughing up for exFAT from Microsoft.

ExFAT is Redmond's patented file allocation system for flash drives used to exchange files between a device and desktop PCs. The new system has increased the size of files that flash memory devices can support by up to five times the amount supported by other implementations of FAT systems.

Back in 2009, Microsoft sued car navigation system maker TomTom for violation of several patents in Linux, two of which covered Microsoft’s FAT32 file system.

The pair reached a settlement, with TomTom agreeing to remove functionality from its products related to two file management system patents and paying Microsoft for use of eight navigation and file management system patents.

Microsoft started its intellectual property licensing programme in December 2003, and the company now reckons it has signed more than 1,100 agreements with various companies.

The recent push from Microsoft has been on Android, with the company signing deals granting use of its technology portfolio by makers of Android-powered tablets and smartphones. Neither details of the patents nor the financial terms are ever disclosed. ®

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