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Patent Issued for Data Storage Devices

September 2, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventors Bryant-Rich, Donald Ray (Haifa, IL); Aharonovich, Amir (Givatayim, IL), filed on October 30, 2008, was published online on August 19, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8812769 is Sandisk IL Ltd. (Kfar Saba, IL).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Starting applications from an external data storage device is limited to autorun on insertion of the data storage device or requires knowledge of how to find and run applications on a host device. Applications can be started upon insertion of the data storage device if the operating system of the host device supports autorun and the autorun capability has not been disabled. Alternatively, a service may be installed to start one or more applications upon insertion of the data storage device. Use of either mechanism requires removal and re-insertion of the data storage device if the application is to be restarted. Applications can be started by a knowledgeable user of the host device in many ways, but the user must know the location of the application and how to invoke the application using the operating system of the host device. This may be difficult for inexperienced users who are familiar with only a limited set of functions on the host device."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In a device embodiment, a data storage device includes a non-volatile memory array, a user input device, and a host interface adapted to connect the data storage device to a host device and convey data to the host device. In response to a first operation of the user input device, application configuration data is communicated from the data storage device to the host device. The application configuration data is configured to trigger execution by the host device of a configuration application. The configuration application includes a listing of a plurality of applications for display by the host device allowing a user to identify one of the plurality of applications as a selected application. In response to selection of an application, application designation data is generated and stored at the non-volatile memory array. In response to a second operation of the user input device, the application designation data is communicated from the data storage device to the host device. The application designation data is configured to trigger automatic execution by the host device of the selected application.

"In another device embodiment, a data storage device may include a host interface adapted to connect the data storage device to a host device. The data storage device also includes a non-volatile memory array and a first user input device. The non-volatile memory array is dedicated for storage of content having a specific content type and contains application identification data corresponding to a predefined application. The predefined application is associated with the specific content type. The application identification data is communicated from the data storage device to the host device via the host interface in response to an operation of the first user input device to trigger execution by the host device of the predefined application.

"In a method embodiment, a method for data storage management may include detecting a first operation of a user input device of a data storage device. This method further includes communicating data to a host device via a host interface of the data storage device. The data is configured to trigger execution by the host device of a configuration application. The method also includes detecting a second operation of the user input device identifying one of a plurality of applications as a selected application. The method also includes storing application designation data corresponding to the selected application at a non-volatile memory array of the data storage device. The method also includes detecting a third operation of the user input device at the data storage device and communicating the application designation data from the data storage device to the host device. The application designation data is configured to trigger execution by the host device of the selected application."

For additional information on this patent, see: Bryant-Rich, Donald Ray; Aharonovich, Amir. Data Storage Devices. U.S. Patent Number 8812769, filed October 30, 2008, and published online on August 19, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8812769.PN.&OS=PN/8812769RS=PN/8812769

Keywords for this news article include: Sandisk IL Ltd, Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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