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Datalight Announces First Full Featured File System for Android

Datalight announced that it has released Reliance Nitro 2.7, the first full-featured file system for Android. The new Android file system combines strong read and write performance with fast mount time, rock-solid reliability, a comprehensive tool set, and support by a dedicated team of in-house engineers.

Makers of embedded products need flexibility and access to professional support, as mobile and embedded devices continue to grow in complexity. The pressure is on OEMs to focus on their core competencies and rely on vendors for specialized components and expertise. Device manufacturers require the full catalogue of features to include performance, reliability, flexibility, tools and support as part of the complete file system package.

The Reliance Nitro 2.7 SDK for Android assists developers with every step of file system integration. Standard Linux utilities include tools to validate hardware (DCLTest, DevIOTest, and RelTest), test performance (FSIOTest and FSStressTest) as well as perform standard file system preparation activities such as formatting (relFsVolFormat) and integrity checking (relFsChk). Of particular utility are FSIOTest and FSStressTest – platform independent performance and reliability testing tools that can be used with any file system. Also included is a Reliance Nitro Windows Driver for seamlessly moving data between an Android System and a Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7-based system.

Reliance Nitro has a unique tree-based metadata and transactional extent-based architecture for fast file performance, and employs a system of configurable transaction settings the company calls Dynamic Transaction Point™ technology to balance performance with the amount of user data at risk for a wide variety of different use cases. It is also capable of working with virtually any storage medium, and is highly efficient whether an OEM is designing with hardware-managed or software-managed storage media.

“Our goal was to deliver a comprehensive and compelling set of features to Android developers,” said Datalight VP of Engineering Ken Whitaker. “With Reliance Nitro 2.7, OEMs using Android no longer have to choose between performance, reliability, a full set of tools and professional support.”

Reliance Nitro file system and FlashFX Tera flash media manager comprise the Datalight flash file system solution. Reliance Nitro was designed from the ground up for high performance applications. Dynamic Transaction Point™ technology provides 100% immunity from file corruption, even after unexpected system interruption. Reliance Nitro goes through extensive functional and reliability testing, including 20,000 random power cycle tests without a failure. Embedded applications can benefit from faster boot times that remain consistent for the life of the product, regardless of disk size. FlashFX™ Tera features pre-written support for over 300 flash parts, including MLC, works with virtually any NAND controller, and features wear leveling, bad block management, and background compaction for unrivaled performance. Datalight flash file system products are available on VxWorks, Windows Embedded CE, Linux and many other operating systems.

About Datalight
Datalight, Inc. headquartered just north of Seattle, Wash., develops technologies to enable risk-free mobile data. Datalight file system and device driver software ensures reliability, performance and flexibility, and is used worldwide on many of today’s most well-known devices. For more information, visit our embedded Android solutions page at or call 800.221.6630.