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The Exploding Market of Cross-Platform Driver Technology

OEM driver technologyBy Tom Fedro

Recently, it was announced that Paragon Software Group and AppliedMicro were collaborating so that the AppliedMicro PACKET pro family of single and multi-core processors for network attached storage (NAS) applications would embed Paragon’s exFAT, NTFS, and HFS+ driver technology to ensure cross-platform read/write ability regardless of which operating system or storage file system is selected by the end user. Paragon is excited about the possibilities of this project with AppliedMicro, as well as a host of other OEMs expanding into the Smart TVs, Set Top Boxes, Smartphones, Tablets, and Connected devices markets.

Over 10 years ago, Paragon recognized the need for fast UFSD technology to provide full cross-platform access to all of the popular file systems under diverse platforms (Android, Linux, Windows, and Mac) where these file systems are not natively supported — while maintaining data integrity. Paragon’s technology successfully bridges the gap between any file system and the various operating systems or embedded kernels in the market.

We’re proud to be working with some of the most respected names in the industry such as Acer, ASUS, Belkin, ZTE, Cisco Systems, Hitachi, NETGEAR, Logitech, LG Electronics, WD and Seagate to name a few.

Paragon proved its leadership in cross-platform technology with millions of satisfied end users worldwide. When compared to other alternatives, its portfolio of Android and Linux drivers provide measurably superior data throughput performance combined with strong data protection capabilities to ensure file system integrity — even in the case of unsafe removal of the storage device or a power outage.  A compelling feature set complimented by comprehensive chip set support from industry leaders like Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm to Marvell Semiconductor, Realtek Semiconductor, PLX Technology, Cavium Networks, and Applied Micro has propelled Paragon to be the standard in cross-platform file sharing for the mobile device and embedded system marketplace segments.

We continue to be impressed with the variety of devices utilizing our driver technology that our OEMs and chip manufacturers are bringing to market; from next-generation smart phones and smart TVs to tablets, set-top boxes and advanced digital media players. It’s a very exciting time for the company.

 

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.