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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Universal file system driver tackles incompatibility problems on embedded devices

By Nick Flaherty

German software developer Paragon Software has released a universal fle system driver that gives systems using the Nucleus real time operating system full access to macOS, Linux and Windows File Systems.

The Paragon UFSD (Universal File Systems Driver) technology delivers interoperability with all popular file systems – FAT, NTFS, exFAT, HFS+, extFS — when integrated into embedded devices.

More than three billion devices throughout the world run today on the Nucleus RTOS which includes a FAT-compatible file system tailored specifically to embedded applications.

However the Paragon UFSD for Nucleus provides full support for Windows, macOS, and Linux file systems, opening up new opportunities for embedded system builders, while making their devices compatible, faster, more reliable, and flexible. Embedded developers are no longer limited to obsolete FAT and can now implement any popular file system on resource-constrained, energy-efficient devices that run at low speeds.
The driver provides full read/write access to FAT, NTFS, exFAT, HFS+, and extFS-formatted volumes under Nucleus OS with the highest data throughput speeds possible — equivalent to or exceeding native file system performance. The driver is tested in different configurations to ensure there are no file or volume corruptions and supports multiple partitions on a block device and supports all connection types, from SATA HDD, USB-HDD, SSD to SD cards.

The Universal File System Driver for Nucleus OS is delivered in the form of a binary library, which is linked when the firmware is compiled. Depending on the platform, additional modifications to Nucleus kernel code may be necessary. Since most vendors modify Nucleus OS according to their needs, assistance with integration by Paragon’s team of experts is provided.

Paragon UFSD for Nucleus is available for licensing. For more information, please visit:

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