Patents Represented by Attorney Thomas R. Berthold
  • Patent number: 7788797
    Abstract: A method for making a perpendicular magnetic recording write head that has a write pole, a trapezoidal-shaped trailing shield notch, and a gap between the write pole and notch uses a reactive ion beam etching (RIBE) process in CHF3 that removes filler material at the side edges of the write pole and thus widens the opening at the side edges. The gap is formed of a nonmagnetic mask film, such as alumina, a nonmagnetic metal protective film and a nonmagnetic gap layer. The nonmagnetic metal film is substantially less reactive to CHF3 than the filler material and protects the underlying mask film and write pole during the widening of the opening. The gap layer and trailing shield notch are deposited into a widened opening above the write pole, so the sides of the notch diverge to cause the generally trapezoidal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: John I. Kim, Aron Pentek
  • Patent number: 7791839
    Abstract: A thermally-assisted perpendicular magnetic recording head and system has a head carrier that supports an optical channel for the transmission of radiation to the recording layer, a write pole for directing a magnetic field to the recording layer, and an electrical coil for inducing the magnetic field from the write pole. The optical channel has a radiation exit face with an aperture at the recording-layer-facing surface of the head carrier. The write pole has a pole tip with an end face that is recessed from the recording-layer-facing surface. The write pole tip is tapered down to the end faces. The pole tip taper and the recession of the end face concentrates the write field at the middle of the perpendicular magnetic recording layer where the radiation from the optical channel is incident. The characteristic dimension of the aperture and the spacing between the aperture and the recording layer are both less than the wavelength of the radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: James Terrence Olson, Barry Cushing Stipe, Timothy Carl Strand
  • Patent number: 7782561
    Abstract: A patterned magnetic recording medium has discrete data islands arranged in spaced-apart tracks, with the tracks being arranged in multi-track groups or “hypertracks”. The islands have an equal island-spacing (IS) distance in the along-the-track direction and within each hypertrack the tracks are spaced-apart an equal track-spacing (TS) distance. If there are N tracks in a hypertrack then the islands in each track of a hypertrack are shifted in the along-the-track direction by 1/N times IS from the islands in adjacent tracks in the same hypertrack. The read and write heads have a lateral or cross-track width generally equal to the cross-track width of a hypertrack, so the read and write heads span all the individual tracks in a hypertrack. The hypertracks are spaced apart cross-track direction by a group-spacing (GS) distance, with GS being greater than TS. The islands in a hypertrack may be shifted in the along-the-track direction by approximately ½N times IS from the islands in adjacent hypertracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Albrecht, Michael A. Moser, Manfred Ernst Schabes, Xiao Z. Wu
  • Patent number: 7771852
    Abstract: A magnetic recording disk has patterned nondata regions that are used for read/write head positioning and data synchronization. The nondata regions contain nondata islands of magnetizable material separated by nonmagnetic spaces with the nondata islands having alternating magnetization polarity in the along-the-track direction. In each nondata region, every other nondata island in the along-the track direction has the same magnetization direction, with adjacent nondata islands having antiparallel magnetization directions. The disk may be either a horizontal magnetic recording disk, wherein the antiparallel magnetization directions are in the plane of the recording layer and parallel to the along-the-track direction, or a perpendicular magnetic recording disk, wherein the antiparallel the magnetization directions are “into” and “out of” the recording layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Albrecht, Zvonimir Bandic
  • Patent number: 7770281
    Abstract: A method of forming a perpendicular magnetic recording write head having a trailing shield (TS) with a precisely defined throat height (TH) on an air-bearing slider includes depositing an electrical lapping guide (ELG) layer on the substrate adjacent to and spaced from the write pole (WP) layer. A nonmagnetic TS pad layer is deposited on both the gap layer and the ELG layer, with the TS pad layer patterned to have a front edge extending across the both the ELG layer and the gap layer and recessed from the line where the substrate will be later cut to form the slider. An ELG protection layer is patterned on the ELG layer, the TS pad layer material is removed from the ELG layer in the region recessed from the TS pad layer front edge, and the ELG layer is removed in regions not covered by the ELG protection layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Aron Pentek
  • Patent number: 7768744
    Abstract: A perpendicular magnetic recording write head has a main pole and return poles that are substantially coplanar. The write head includes a main pole, two return poles and a connecting stud that are all formed as a single layer in a single deposition and patterning step. The coplanar main and return poles lie in a plane parallel to the cross-track direction. The two return poles are thus spaced from the main pole in the cross-track direction. The main pole includes a write pole connected to it but lying in a plane spaced in the along-the-track direction from the plane of the main pole. The write head includes a helical coil wrapped around the main pole. The magnetic flux path is from the write pole to the disk recording layer in a data track aligned with the write pole, to the disk underlayer beneath the recording layer, through the underlayer to data tracks spaced cross-track from the data track aligned with the write pole, and back through the return poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Wen-Chien David Hsiao, Yimin Hsu, Edward Hin Pong Lee, Vladimir Nikitin
  • Patent number: 7768743
    Abstract: A perpendicular magnetic recording write head supported on an air-bearing slider has a magnetic write pole (WP) with a WP end at the air-bearing surface (ABS) having a width generally equal to the data track width and a trailing shield (TS) with a TS end generally coplanar with the WP end. The TS has a first portion with a width at the TS end substantially wider than the width of the WP end and a TS notch (TSN) portion with a width at the TS end generally equal to the width of the WP end. The TS first portion has a height in a direction perpendicular to the ABS, and the TSN portion has a throat height (TH) in a direction perpendicular to the ABS that is less than the height of the TS first portion. A nonmagnetic gap layer separates the WP from the TSN portion and a nonmagnetic pad layer separates the WP from the TS first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Hung-Chin Guthrie, Ming Jiang, Changqing Shi
  • Patent number: 7758981
    Abstract: A method for making a master disk to be used for nanoimprinting patterned-media magnetic recording disks uses sidewall lithography. In one implementation, the master disk substrate has a first pattern of concentric rings formed on it by sidewall lithography, followed by a second pattern of generally radially-directed pairs of parallel lines, also formed by sidewall lithography, with the pairs of parallel lines intersecting the rings. An etching process is then performed, using the upper pattern as an etch mask, to remove unprotected portions of the underlying concentric rings. This leaves a pattern of pillars on the substrate, which then serve as an etch mask for an etching process that etches unprotected portions of the master disk substrate. The resulting master disk then has pillars of substrate material arranged in a pattern of concentric rings and generally radially-directed pairs of parallel lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 7748103
    Abstract: A perpendicular magnetic recording write head has a write pole, a trapezoidal-shaped trailing shield notch, and a metal gap layer between the write pole and notch. The write pole has a trailing edge that has a width substantially defining the track width and that faces the front edge of the notch but is spaced from it by the gap layer. The write head is fabricated by reactive ion beam etching of a thin mask film above the write pole to remove the mask film and widen the opening at the edges of the write pole. The gap layer and notch are deposited into the widened opening above the write pole. The write pole has nonmagnetic filler material, such as alumina, surrounding it except at its trailing edge, where it is in contact with the gap layer, which is formed of a different material than the surrounding filler material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Donald G. Allen, Amanda Baer, Michael Feldbaum, Wen-Chien David Hsiao, Vladimir Nikitin, Aron Pentek, Katalin Pentek
  • Patent number: 7732071
    Abstract: A patterned perpendicular magnetic recording medium of the type that has spaced-apart pillars with magnetic material on their ends and with nonmagnetic trenches between the pillars is made with a method that allows use of a pre-etched substrate. The substrate has a generally planar surface at the trenches and comprises material that when heated will diffuse into the magnetic recording layer material and chemically react with one or more of the elements typically used in the recording layer. The pillars are formed of material that will not diffuse into the recording layer. After the recording layer is formed over the entire substrate so as to cover both the pillar ends and the trenches, the substrate is annealed. This results in the destruction or at least substantial reduction of any ferromagnetism in the recording layer material in the trenches so that the trenches are nonmagnetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Eric Edward Fullerton, Olav Hellwig, Jeffrey S. Lille, James Terrence Olson, Petrus Antonius VanDerHeijden, Henry Hung Yang
  • Patent number: 7729073
    Abstract: A magnetic recording disk drive has a disk with pre-patterned nondata servo sectors extending generally radially across the data tracks. The disk may be a patterned-media disk with both pre-patterned data islands and pre-patterned nondata servo sectors. The servo sectors include a synchronization pattern of generally radially directed discrete magnetized marks, and first and second position error signal (PES) fields of generally radially directed discrete magnetized stripes. Each stripe in each of the two fields comprises a plurality of radially spaced discrete servo islands, each island having a radial height of approximately Tp, where Tp is the radial spacing of the track centerlines. In each field, the servo islands in alternating stripes in the along-the-track direction are shifted radially by approximately Tp. In the first PES field, the islands are centered at the midline between two adjacent track centerlines, and in the second PES field the islands are centered at a track centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Satoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7713389
    Abstract: A perpendicular magnetic recording disk has a granular cobalt alloy recording layer (RL) containing an additive oxide or oxides, an intermediate layer (IL) as an exchange-break layer on the “soft” magnetic underlayer (SUL), and an ultrathin nucleation film (NF) between the IL and the RL. In the method of making the disk, the IL is deposited at a relatively low sputtering pressure, to thereby reduce the roughness of the RL and overcoat (OC), while the NF and RL are deposited at substantially higher sputtering pressures. The resulting disk has good recording properties and improved corrosion resistance over a comparable disk made with an IL deposited at high sputtering pressure and without the NF. The NF may be a discontinuous film with an average thickness of less than about 1 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Ernesto E. Marinero
  • Patent number: 7675699
    Abstract: A patterned-media magnetic recording disk has data islands arranged into concentric data tracks and the data tracks arranged into radially-spaced annular zones, with each zone having an inside-diameter (ID) perimeter and an outside-diameter (OD) perimeter and at least one annular nondata region near one of its perimeters. Each zone includes generally radially-directed synchronization (sync) marks that extend from the zone ID perimeter to the zone OD perimeter so as to extend into the annular nondata region or regions of the zone. In the disk drive that uses the patterned-media disks the read head and write head have an effective radial offset relative to one another, so the write head may be on a data track near a zone perimeter when the read head is located in a nondata region. The read head detects the sync marks that extend into the nondata region so that the write head can be synchronized with the data islands in the data track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 7675703
    Abstract: A system and method accurately clocks write data to the discrete data blocks in a patterned media disk drive. The precise time intervals between successive timing marks in the data tracks are measured by a timing mark detector that counts the integer number of write clock cycles between successive timing marks and the fractional part of a write clock cycle by detecting the phase difference between a timing mark and a reference signal. The resulting timing error is output to a write clock compensator. The write clock is capable of generating equally spaced primary phases and phases intermediate the primary phases. The compensator includes a phase rotator that controls which write clock phase is selected for output. The value in a phase register of the compensator is used to control the phase rotator to advance or retard the write clock phase, and thus to adjust its frequency and phase so as to be synchronized for writing to the data blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Albrecht, David Timothy Flynn, Richard Leo Galbraith, Michael Anthony Moser, Bruce Alexander Wilson, Xiao Z. Wu
  • Patent number: 7670696
    Abstract: A patterned perpendicular magnetic recording medium of the type that has spaced-apart pillars with magnetic material on their ends and with trenches between the pillars that are nonmagnetic regions is made with a method that allows use of a pre-etched substrate. A nonmagnetic capping layer is located in the trenches above the nonmagnetic regions. The substrate has diffusion material in the trenches that when heated will diffuse into the magnetic recording layer material and chemically react with it. The pillars are formed of material that will not diffuse into the recording layer. The recording layer is formed over the entire substrate and a nonmagnetic capping layer that is not chemically reactive with the diffusion material is formed over the recording layer in the trenches. The substrate is annealed to cause the recording layer material in the trenches and the material in the substrate to diffuse into one another and chemically react to render the trenches nonmagnetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Eric E. Fullerton, Olav Hellwig
  • Patent number: 7652839
    Abstract: A magnetic recording disk in a disk drive has identical pre-patterned servo patterns on its front and back surfaces. The servo patterns on each disk surface are pre-patterned with a single master template, resulting in the identical pattern on each disk surface. The servo sectors on the two disk surfaces can form identical patterns of angularly spaced arcuate-shaped lines or straight lines that extend radially across the data tracks. However, because the lines on at least one of the disk surfaces do not replicate the path of the recording head, the sampling rate of the servo sectors on that surface is not constant but varies with radial position of the head. To accommodate this, the disk drive's servo control system calculates a timing adjustment from an estimate of the radial position of the head and uses this timing adjustment to adjust the time to open a time window to allow detection of the servo sectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Albrecht, Zvonimir Z. Bandic
  • Patent number: 7639619
    Abstract: A system and method configures quality-of-service (QoS) in a segment of a network that has multiple segments with an intermediate device between the segments. The network may be a home network for the transmission of audio-video traffic streams between a media server or source, like a personal computer (PC), and a media renderer or sink, like a digital TV, with the intermediate device being a router, bridge or hub connected to its own network segment and located between the source and sink. One of the network devices contains a QoS parameter holder (QPH). After QoS has been configured in the source and sink and the traffic stream established, the intermediate device detects the traffic stream and determines that it needs to set up QoS. The intermediate device queries the QPH with a traffic stream identifier. The QPH finds the traffic descriptor that matches the traffic stream identifier and returns to the intermediate device the traffic descriptor that includes the QoS parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Shugong Xu
  • Patent number: 7638210
    Abstract: A perpendicular magnetic recording medium has an “exchange-spring” type magnetic recording layer (RL) with an improved coupling layer (CL). The RL includes the first or lower ferromagnetic layer MAG1, sometimes called the “media” layer, the second or upper ferromagnetic layer MAG2, sometimes called the “exchange-spring” layer, and the intermediate CL that provides ferromagnetic exchange coupling between MAG1 and MAG2. The CL is formed of NiCr or RuCr based alloys, or CoCr or CoCrB alloys with high Cr and/or B content (Cr plus B>about 25 atomic percent), or RuCoCr alloys with low Co content (<about 65 atomic percent). For each CL composition there is a CL thickness range that provides the optimal interlayer exchange coupling between MAG1 and MAG2. The selected CL materials provide an exchange-type perpendicular magnetic recording medium with good magnetic performance, while the relatively high amount of Cr of the CL improves the corrosion resistance of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Klaus Berger, Xiaoping Bian, Mary Frances Minardi, Kentaro Takano, Kai Tang
  • Patent number: 7612961
    Abstract: A magnetic recording disk drive uses a disk having pre-patterned servo sectors extending generally radially across the data tracks. The servo sectors include at least two position error signal (PES) bursts or fields. The phases of the PES fields in the servo readback signal are demodulated to generate a PES to control the disk drive actuator for positioning the read/write heads. Each field contains generally radially directed magnetized stripes, with each stripe comprising a plurality of discrete radially-spaced generally parallelogram-shaped islands, each island having its length oriented at an acute angle relative to a track centerline. The stripes have alternating polarity of magnetizations in the along-the-track direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Satoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7609837
    Abstract: A system and method for use with local area networks (LANs) automatically configures a new device on a LAN by secure encrypted transmission of setup parameters. A remote control (RC) with an infrared (IR) transmitter contains a stored setup command and a security number that is used only once (a “nonce”). Setup of a new device is initiated by pressing a “setup” button on the RC which generates the security number and transmits it and the setup command to the new device via IR. The new device receives the setup command and security number and queries the network for the setup parameters. The RC also transmits the security number via IR to a network member device that contains the setup parameters. The network member uses the security number as an encryption key to encrypt the setup parameters and transmit them over the network. The new device uses the security number as the decryption key to decrypt the transmitted setup parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard T. Bennett