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Platform Independence Drives High Demand for Universal File System Driver Technology

Smartphone Storage Options by Eric Zeman of Informationweek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Tom Fedro

Recently, Eric Zeman posted a piece on Informationweek.com about Smartphone storage Options. It was very well laid out explaining all the choices available among the different manufacturers and pointing out the upgrade costs for extra storage. The options ranged from purchasing expandable storage in the form of a microSD memory card to tapping your PC to view your movie and music collection. While informative, the conversation ought to be expanded to discuss the assurance that different devices with differing operating systems can indeed communicate, share, and recognize the storage hardware used.

For example, in a household of five, you might have a mix of varying Windows operating systems, new Android devices, iPhones, Tablets and Macs, all potentially capable of playing music or movies from a network attached shared storage device. What is often overlooked is that the differing Operating Systems (OS’s) may not be able to communicate. That is where universal file system drivers (UFSD) technology can add real value.

UFSDs enable devices with different OS’s, Chip sets, and firmware to share data and manipulate files seamlessly – basically providing complete platform independence for the user. Many OEMs partner with companies providing this technology and embed it into their devices to maximize the customer experience, making access more user-friendly.

With the soaring popularity of smart devices, the ability of the devices to interact seamlessly with storage will become more important and drive the mass adoption of UFSD technology along the way. So while the availability of storage for smart devices is a story, it isn’t the whole story; embedded systems that include UFSD technology that empower users with complete platform and OS independence will see solid growth in the coming years.

 

Membership in the SD Association Ensures Accessibility to Engage in Standards Development for Embedded Technology Critical in Today’s Smart Phones, Set Top Boxes and TVs

By Tom Fedro

Over the last few years, demand for cross-platform drivers has exploded with the proliferation of Smart Devices like Smart Phones, Smart Set Top Boxes and Smart TVs.  And, more importantly, the trend shows no evidence of slowing down. As such, software developers involved in the technology that is critical to these devices should be an active member of the SD Association.

Another important aspect of membership is to providing validity of the developer’s commitment to meeting industry standards across the SD card industry to its OEM partners. SD standards apply to a wide range of peripheral consumer electronics beyond Smart Devices; they also apply to storage media for mobile phones, digital audio players, car navigation systems and electronic books. Technology like Paragon’s embedded exFAT, NTFS and HFS+ for Android and Linux driver technology enables compatibility for mobile devices across a variety of operating systems i.e., Windows™, Mac, Linux, Android™, etc.

Cross-Platform Drivers Ensure Read/Write Operability

OEMs use of SD card technology continues to expand as the consumer electronics device markets cross boundaries and merge. For example, Smart TVs have SD card readers so that consumers can view videos and photos over their televisions without the need of a cable to connect the device to the TV.

Consumers expect their Smart devices to recognize external media regardless of its operating system and to perform at full speed, allowing recording and playback for full HD and 3D video content. Exhibiting industry leadership by actively participating in the SD Association not only ensures that you are at the top of your game, but also lends assurance to OEMs that your products provides compatibility and integrity of the consumer’s stored data –a critical OEM requirement.