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Flash Memory

Flash Memory is gaining momentum in the consumer electronics today, bringing a broad range of memory solutions with high density, low power consumption and endurance characteristics. Being non-volatile they retain the data, even when the power is switched off.

Increasing demand for smartphones and tablets is pushing supply for flash solutions that double device storage potential and can be easily integrated into space-constrained designs. Smarter, faster and more powerful mobile devices require in turn smarter, faster and more powerful memory, the key requirements being low power consumption and high performance. Similar progress can be seen in the automotive market where new generation memory solutions are needed to provide additional storage for rich multimedia data and advanced software and applications.

The applications for flash are becoming more diverse and that is where JEDEC comes in. The association gathers together suppliers and manufacturers to work on existing and new generation standards including eMMC, SSD and UFS that meet the varied technical and developmental needs of the ever-evolving industry. Recently released eMMC 5.0 offers enhancements for embedded mass-storage flash memory upping the maximum interface speed rates to 400MB/s.

Tuxera solutions for internal storage, fully optimised for different flash technologies, meet steep hardware performance limits with no sacrifice in fail-safe reliability and interoperability. Furthermore, fail-safe by design, Tuxera file systems ensure that no data will get lost or corrupted in case of unexpected plug-off, system crash or critical power drop. Significant improvements in performance and reliability help manufacturers achieve higher level of device responsiveness and usability with cost-effective software and hardware solutions. For more information and detailed use cases drop us an email.

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NTFS-3G Community Edition

Along with commercial development we continue to contribute towards open source community through Tuxera NTFS Community Edition. The package includes popular NTFS-3G driver and ntfsprogs projects, maintained and updated on regular bases. You can find more information about the software on Tuxera Community and in our previous blog posts.

In late February we published a new update: version 2014.2.15. It is now available for a download from our community dedicated pages.

The following summary lists some of the included improvements and major changes in the driver:

  • libntfs: added use of hd library to get the legacy BIOS geometry
  • libntfs: switched to /proc/mounts for checking existing mounts
  • libntfs: fixed usa checking by ntfsck on 4K sector disks
  • libntfs: fixed processing compressed data beyond file size (Windows 8 compliance)
  • libntfs: fixed expanding a resident attribute without inserting holes
  • libntfs: allow DACLs to not have any ACE
  • libntfs: ignore unmapped regions when checking whether sparse
  • libntfs: upgraded the Win32 interface for use with ntfsprogs
  • ntfsresize: enabled relocating the MFT when shrinking a volume
  • ntfsresize: fixed trying to update the MFT and Bitmap on a test run
  • ntfsresize: fixed updating all the MFT runs in a relocated MFT
  • ntfsresize: set the backup boot sector when the size is reliable
  • ntfsresize: reserved a single sector for the backup boot sector
  • ntfsundelete: output the modification time when scanning files
  • ntfsundelete: ported to Windows
  • ntfsclone: fixed wiping fragmented metadata when creating a metadata image
  • ntfsclone: allowed cloning a file system despite allocation errors
  • ntfsclone: fixed bad copying of the backup boot sector
  • ntfsclone: ported to Windows
  • ntfsdecrypt: made compatible with libgrypt-1.6

Thanks go to all the contributors!

For a high-performance, fail-safe commercial version with advanced features, see Tuxera NTFS for embedded systems and Mac OS X. Together with our other file systems solutions and related products it is widely deployed across industries.

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Connected Home: Broadband

Consumers are looking for personalised entertainment available anytime, anywhere, on any device. Increasing consumption of over-the-top (OTT), on-demand, HD video services such as Netflix, Hulu and others, widespread usage of cloud services and a sheer number of portable devices accessing the network at the same time, creates a vast surge in data demand. The overall video traffic is expected to reach 90% of the consumer Internet traffic by 2017, with level of mobile video traffic already above 50%. Multi-screen enablement (i.e. being able to watch Netflix on a tablet) together with emergence of digital contents such as 4K videos further increases the needs for higher broadband bandwidth and raises awareness of network traffic and connection quality.

To keep up with increasing bandwidth demands, telecom operators are expanding the current networks focusing on delivery of higher speeds. Some key broadband technologies needed for future connected home solutions include 5G level 802.11ac and high-speed vectored VDSL. Operators continue to upgrade to VDSL2, implementing both bonding and vectoring capabilities. VDSL offers much faster speeds compared to ADSL, providing full support for HDTV. In 2013, its port shipments outpaced those of ADSL, accounting for 52% of all the shipments.

802.11ac, the new standard from IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) approved just over a month ago, builds upon 802.11n bringing a dramatic leap in speed, capacity, reliability and overall quality of wireless communications. Quoting the latest study from ABI Research, 802.11ac is expected to represent 45% of all consumer Wi-Fi equipment shipments by the end of this year.

Tuxera storage solutions optimised for the Wi-Fi and Ethernet connection help take an advantage of expanded bandwidth and capacity by increasing substantially the observed speed and maximising the hardware and software use. For more detailed information please consult our storage products page or contact our sales team directly.

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Internet of Everything

Connected everything is predicted to be one of the top game changers at two exciting events this month: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Embedded World in Nürnberg. Following on today’s explosion of mobile connectivity, Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication evolves into Internet of things (IoT), which in turn is one of the latest technology trends that make up Internet of Everything (IoE). M2M (you might as well call it connected devices or embedded systems) traffic can increase 22 times over in the next 5 years impacting nearly every industry.

As you can see from our news section, we have joined recently formed AllSeen Alliance, an industry wide organisation aiming to fast track development of device-to-device communication. The collaboration expands on the mentioned above “Internet of Everything”, adding functionality that spans across various CE brands including automotive, connected home and enterprise. IoE goes beyond the IoT connecting people, processes, data and things to the internet in a way that creates new opportunities and efficiencies. AllJoyn™, AllSeen ready-to-go and interoperable by design framework, invites developers to create peer-to-peer and multiscreen experiences by enabling the apps to connect, control and share resources with other apps and devices via its software development network.

Looking at the forecasts from two global market intelligence companies: ABI Research and IDC one can say that the next years will be dedicated to the expansion of smart home and connected home devices. ABI in the Connected World of Tomorrow estimates the number of wireless connected devices and connected car units to reach 18.8 billion and 22.5 million respectively by 2015. Going even further, IDC predicts expansion to 212-billion connected devices by 2020 in a market worth more than $8.9 trillion.

Here at Tuxera, we support the shared vision of digital interoperability developing solutions that enable seamless data portability across platforms. One of our latest product portfolio additions, media streaming application, allows users to interact with different smart devices in the home network, streaming content stored locally and online in the cloud and services such as YouTube, Facebook and others. Feel free to consult Streambels Press Kit or drop us an email if you would like to receive more information. In case you are attending Mobile World Congress or Embedded World and want to have quick chat, contact our team to schedule a meeting.

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Love & Engineering

We are proud to note that one of our Q&A Engineers stared in a recently released documentary “Love and Engineering”, a combined German, Bulgarian and Finnish production directed by Tonislav Hristov.

Can one engineer love? Love & Engineering is a crossmedia story world (documentary film, mobile, social media) about getting re-introduced to real life by trying to find love.

You are in for a treat. A few of the scenes were shot in Tuxera old office in Lauttasaari (our HQs took over Nokia’s R&D center at Itämerenkatu) last fall and offer a unique sneak-peak into our work environment and people who make up our team. The movie premiere opened 13th DocPoint Helsinki, one of the largest documentary film festivals in the Nordics. This years’ happening in January gathered as many as 28,000 visitors during a total 4 days of screening. Love & Engineering is touring other festivals this year, so do not miss your chance to see it.

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Connected TVs in the Lead

Connected TVs, which include both smart TVs and traditional TVs using streaming devices to access the Web, are becoming increasingly popular. Each set comes with a variety of available apps offering unique features and content. Consumers go on and upgrade to the latest big thing looking for enhanced online connectivity and smart features, in particular gesture control and facial recognition.

BI Intelligence estimates the number of connected TVs to more than double 307.4 million at year-end 2013, ultimately reaching 759 million sets worldwide by 2018. As of now, set-top boxes account for more than 53% of the connected TV landscape. Devices integrating DVR functionality with broadcast, cable and IP-networks provide seamless consumer experience in time-shifting, discovery, navigation and on-demand access to content. Adoption of Ultra HD video streaming is another of upcoming trends. The biggest streaming platforms such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon are rolling out with Ultra High Definition content streams that will be soon available for the owners of the newest UHD sets.

HD PVR (personal video recorder) functionality in Fortis set-top box models makes catching up on favourite shows convenient and easy, with option for simultaneous three channel recording and two channel playback. Thanks to Tuxera file systems running inside, the users can enjoy full compatibility with Windows-formatted USB sticks and hard drives. On top of that, Tuxera solutions guarantee that none of their recordings will get lost even in case of unexpected system crash, power-off or plug-off.

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CES 2014 Trends: Connected Car

Looking at the CES trade-show floor this year, we see increasing emphasis on the in-car technologies. A record nine car manufacturers are present on hand, showcasing the latest infotainment offerings promoting enhanced connectivity between consumers’ portable devices and car’s entertainment and navigation systems. Next to in-car smartphone integration, there are more and more capabilities being built directly into the cars themselves. One of the upcoming advancements include built-in 4G high-speed broadband powering the in-vehicle app ecosystem. An always-connected car allows users to play video in the back, stream audio in the front and at the same time access all the up-to-date traffic information.

According to Gartner’s recent predictions, by 2016 the majority of consumers in the mature markets will expect at least basic Web-based information availability in their cars. Following the demand, by the end of 2020 as many as 80% of the new vehicles will offer a connected-car functionality.

As you can see from our news section, Tuxera exFAT solution has been recently approved for Works with GENIVI (WwG) Program. The organisation behind it, GENIVI Alliance promotes collaboration and deployment of Linux-based open source software in the automotive industry, specifically infotainment. The extension of its compliance program, namely Works with GENIVI, puts a focus on individual applications and components for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) platforms. exFAT, essential for the plug-and-play compatibility, brings support for high-capacity SDXC memory cards and the latest USB storages increasingly used for media and navigation.

Tuxera file systems provide backbone interoperability features critical for connectivity with today’s consumer electronics devices. Thanks to our close cooperation with Microsoft, Automotive partners, and active participation in key associations across industries and technologies, Tuxera Automotive product portfolio can help the IVI systems to keep up with CE innovation pace and achieve the ultimate connected car experience.

For more information on Tuxera Automotive product portfolio consult our product section or contact us at sales@tuxera.com

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CES 2014 Trends: 4K Ultra HD Resolution

The annual CES kicked off yesterday as always with new products and exciting technology announcements. One of the trends on the floor this year is immersive video, an Ultra High-Definition offered not only by the TV manufacturers but brought to your smartphone. With 8.3 megapixels total, it is four times the resolution of today’s popular 1080p HDTV displays. The latest nubia Z5S series, presented by Chinese corporation ZTE during this week’s trade show, is the first one in the industry to showcase an Ultra HD video capture and viewing on a big-screen.

ZTE revealed a wide range of mobile hardware, this time including a series of new smartphones, a “high precision voice phone” Grand S2 and its first smart watch dubbed as BlueWatch. Mentioned above nubia 5S totes a “professional-grade photography hardware” which consists of, just to start with, Optical Image Stabilisation, 13-megapixel Sony RS sensor for low-light settings and a several photo editing features. It is capable of recording a 4K video that can be later played back on one of the latest increasingly popular 4K TVs and allows the users to watch theatre-quality movies, sport events and presentations. Thanks to Tuxera file system solutions running inside, the device performs at the highest level even under the most demanding image handling operations.

Smartphone buyers in China and elsewhere are looking for the latest innovations and optional customization. With the all-new nubia Z5S smartphone Nubia delivers smooth end-user driven user experience pushing the technical boundaries. Based on our rigorous evaluation only Tuxera file systems meet Nubia’s criteria based on top performance, rock solid reliability and fastest time to market. [...]

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