M$ to license FAT

Henry Spencer henry-lqW1N6Cllo0sV2N9l4h3zg at public.gmane.org
Wed Dec 10 04:03:43 UTC 2003

On Tue, 9 Dec 2003, Taavi Burns wrote:
> > > Most (all?) of the standard Flash memory devices these days have onboard
> > > controllers which can detect failing sectors in the flash memory, and will
> > > reroute data to spare sectors, much as HDs do these days.
> > Are you sure?  The JFFS2 folks don't seem to think so and anecdotal evidence
> > seems to bear me out.
> ...There may also be differences between different flash devices...

Yep.  At the two extremes, most CompactFlash cards are quite smart and do
the right things (although I'm told that some early ones didn't), while
the so-called SmartMedia cards have *NO* smarts at all -- they are just a
bare memory array -- and absolutely require a smart filesystem. 

                                                          Henry Spencer
                                                       henry-lqW1N6Cllo0sV2N9l4h3zg at public.gmane.org

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