Patents Assigned to Storage Technology Partners II
  • Patent number: 4982395
    Abstract: The composite optical grating for optical disk data storage systems uses a first optical grating to generate three light beams disposed approximately on a straight line. A second optical grating in the composite optical grating is juxtaposed with the first optical grating and divides the three light beams into two images, each consisting of a three spot array. The first of these images is focused on a first data storage track while the second image of three spots is focused on a second adjacent data storage track. The three spot array formed on the first track is used in conventional fashion to read data from this data storage track. The center spot is used to read the data from the data storage track while the two outer linearly oriented spots are used for tracking purposes. The second image formed by the second optical grating is focused on a second adjacent data storage track and only the center spot of the three spot array is used to read data from the second data storage track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventor: Richard B. MacAnally
  • Patent number: 4965782
    Abstract: Many of the data read errors encountered in an optical disk system are due to reading off track. These errors are the result of bit shift, which is the shifting of the data transition relative to the center of the detection timing window. This bit shift is the result of the rounded edges of the data marks on the recording medium. A normal data signal is read off the recording medium while the read apparatus is centeed on the data storage track of the recording medium. If the read beam of the read apparatus moves off track radially to either side of the center of the data storage track, the detected data transitions move toward each other due to the rounded edges of the recorded data on the data storage track. This makes the data mark appear shorter and results in bit shift and increased error rate. The off-track bit shift compensation apparatus compensates for this misalignment and the resultant bit shift by dynamically adjusting the analog detection threshold of the read apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventor: Harlan P. Mathews
  • Patent number: 4815856
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring the absolute thickness of dust defocus layers upon spinning optical disks utilizes a collimated, expanded beam of light from a helium-neon laser which is focused into a converging beam and directed towards the layer at a predetermined angle of incidence defined by an angular spread centered about the angle of incidence. A pair of divergent beams reflecting from the upper and lower surfaces of the layer are received by a collecting mirror and are recollimated by a collimating lens to be incident upon a self-scanning photodiode array. The divergent beams form a monotonic interference pattern having a fringe density which is proportional to the distance between the upper and lower surfaces, and which is determined by the photodiode array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventor: Robert A. Bruce
  • Patent number: 4815064
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for writing data on a track in an optical disk data storage device wherein the track is divided into two parts and binary one bits are written into one part of the data track while binary zero bits are written into the second part of the data track. Detection of data written in this manner is performed using two read coherent radiation beams each positioned over one of the parts of the data track. A binary one is detected if the signal from the beam over the first part of the data track is greater than the signal from the beam over the second part of the data track, and a binary zero is indicated if the signal from the beam over the second part of the data track is greater than the signal of the beam over the first part of the data track. In order to detect the data from the two read beams, they must be aligned accurately over the two halves of the data track. To aid this alignment, a third larger beam is used to measure the total energy from the data track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventor: Hartig E. Melbye
  • Patent number: 4805162
    Abstract: An optical disk servo system includes a coarse access and tracking system for optical head control and a fine access and tracking system for read/write beam control. Enlarged servo tracks are pre-recorded on the optical disk between bands of data track locations. The coarse system illuminates a relatively large area of the disk surface encompassing at least one of the servo tracks and detects light from the enlarged illuminated area. Suitable means including a photo-detector array identifies and controls the optical head position by means of the light returned from the illuminated servo track. Such photo-detection means are insensitive to light reflected from the data tracks. The fine access and tracking system uses a conventional, three spot tracking and read system, two spots for data track following and one spot for data track reading. The fine access and tracking system controls a galvanometer mirror or other suitable means steering the read spot beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventors: Karl J. Stahl, Albin K. Johnson, Brad R. Reddersen, Alexander M. Muckle
  • Patent number: 4755977
    Abstract: An optical disk storage unit has an access and tracking system with a microprocessor which stores a runout signal representing the eccentricity of the tracks and bands as a function of the rotation of the disk surface. The runout signal is summed with the output of the access and tracking system to compensate for eccentricity as the disk rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventor: Majeed Abed
  • Patent number: 4688204
    Abstract: Disclosed is a data detection system and method for accurately detecting data transition marks recorded on a recording surface. A data transition pulse, generated by a data head as recorded data transition marks pass thereby, is presented to consecutive delay circuits in order to generate first and second delay pulses. The second delay pulse and the data transition pulse are subtracted from the first delay pulse, thereby creating a narrow output pulse that indicates the occurrence of a data transition. This narrow output pulse is used to toggle a flip-flop or equivalent logic circuit, the flip-flop output thereby representing a recreation of the data as recorded on the recording surface. The system is best suited for use with an optical storage system wherein data transitions are recorded on an optical disk as spots of substantially uniform size, although the detection system does not require that the spots be uniform size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventors: George I. Noyes, Jr., Prabodh L. Shah
  • Patent number: 4686662
    Abstract: A subaperture optical system for preventing interference between light inadvertently reflected from the protective overcoat of an optical recording disk from disruptively interfering with light reflected from the active layer of the optical recording disk, thereby causing coarse servo tracking errors as the coarse servo actuator carriage translates over the coarse servo tracks on the disk service. The optical system is comprised of a laser light source, a collimating lens system, an astigmatizing lens system, a subaperture mirror, a carriage actuator, a beam relaying telescope, an objective lens, an objective lens focus actuator, a reflected coarse servo beam focusing lens, and a coarse servo detector. The laser issues a beam which follows a first subaperture path that is parallel to, but off center from, the optical axis of an objective lens of the optical system. The beam is formed into a line focused spot which is focused on the disk surface at a non normal angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1987
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventor: James W. Baer
  • Patent number: 4677605
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for acquiring and maintaining focus of a coherent light source used to read and write data in an optical disk data storage device. The system uses a conventional astigmatic focus system in conjunction with a signal processor to detect proximity of focus. After proximity of focus is detected, the signal processor enables a fine focus servo system to maintain focus of the coherent light on the disk surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventor: Majeed Abed
  • Patent number: 4643538
    Abstract: A combined collimating, cross-section correcting and de-astigmatizing lens system for providing laser beams which, are fully collimated, de-astigmatized, and have a circular cross-section of the proper diameter. In the preferred embodiment a first compound spherical lens system partially collimates the beam so that the in-line combined cross-section corrector/de-astigmatizer system can properly de-astigmatize the beam. The beam cross-section corrector/de-astigmatizer is comprised of first and second triangular prisms oriented at non-normal angles to the path of the beam. This allows both the cross-section and the astigmatism of the beam to be corrected. A planar mirror between the first and second prisms directs the beam from the first prism to the second prism, so that the beam can exit the second prism co-axial with the incident beam path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventor: Scott D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 4633391
    Abstract: In extended for a digital information storage device comprised of a host having the capability of placing Key identifiers in the header of user data blocks to be recorded, a recording device having a random access memory said memory having an Index register, a plurality of Pointer Table registers, a Target register, a Key Start register, a Key Length register and a Pointer Table Select register, and a micro-processor able to perform an indirect binary search between a selected Pointer Table the contents of the Pointer Table being the address from the Index (the address being the band location, and the register contents of the Index being the Identifier Keys selected by the host, said Keys being the lowest Key entry on any given band).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventor: John P. Rundell
  • Patent number: 4633393
    Abstract: A generic key, for allowing a data use to efficiently search a set of user data recorded in blocks in an efficient method using a multiplicity of user keys. As user data blocks are built up for recording, the unique identifiers are placed in the header of the data block, recorded on the disk surface with the contents stored on the device and the platter index. The user can then sort and search the index based upon which of the multiplicity of user keys he selects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventor: John P. Rundell
  • Patent number: 4633471
    Abstract: A self-checking shared encoder/decoder circuit for use with a Reed-Solomon coding scheme of an optical disk storage system. The optical disk system includes a drive adapted to permanently store data on a removable platter. Prior to recording a data byte on the platter, the data is encoded with a Reed-Solomon code. When the data is read from the disk, it is decoded and error correction syndromes are generated. A plurality of syndrome buffer registers are provided in order to allow several of the error correction functions to be carried out in parallel. Syndromes that are detected to comprise all zeros are used to simplify the error correction processes beyond the normal processes used. The same circuitry is shared for performing the encoding and decoding functions. This circuitry includes independent sets of a RAM, coupled to one input of an exclusive OR (modulo two sum) adding circuit. The output of the adding circuit is fed back to an input of the RAM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventors: S. Robert Perera, Michael J. O'Keeffe
  • Patent number: 4627038
    Abstract: An optical disk storage unit has an improved access and tracking system in which a low speed velocity signal is derived from a differentiated position error signal. The output of the differentiator is applied to a blanking circuit which disconnects the steep slope portion of the position error signal from a sample and hold circuit. A medium speed velocity signal is derived from the integral of motor current and a high speed velocity signal is derived by digitally counting the band crossings in the position error signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventors: Majeed Abed, Robert P. McIntosh
  • Patent number: 4621351
    Abstract: A beam alignment system and method for aligning a first radiation beam with respect to a second radiation beam as these beams share a desired optical path. Beam steering means, such as a galvonometer controlled mirror, steer the alignment of the first beam as it enters the shared optical path. Detection means are employed to sense the relative alignment between the first and second beams as they travel through the shared path. This sensed alignment is compared to a desired alignment, and a position error signal is generated to indicate the error therebetween. The position error signal, in turn, is used to steer the galvonometer controlled mirror in order to force the beam alignment error between the two beams to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1986
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventors: James W. Baer, Henry H. Hoshiko, Robert P. McIntosh, Charles M. Reilly, Paul M. Romano, James W. Hargarten
  • Patent number: 4609105
    Abstract: A protective cartridge assembly for protecting the sensitive recording surface of an information recording disk, said assembly being comprised of a cartridge housing having a pair of cartridge stand-offs attached to the inner upper surface of the cartridge housing, a cartridge tray for supporting the disk placed therein, and a disk spacer ring attached to the disk. The cartridge housing has an opening in its side in which the cartridge insert tray is slidably mounted. The cartridge housing has a protruding lip which cooperates with a recess in the exterior portion of the cartridge tray to sealably close the cartridge assembly thereby preventing contamination from entering the cartridge interior. The cartridge housing stand-offs and the disk spacer rings cooperate to prevent the disk recording surface from contacting the interior surface of the cartridge housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventors: Kenneth Manes, Zahirudeen Premji, Edward White
  • Patent number: 4603363
    Abstract: A soft-stop mechanism for the carriage of a rotating disk storage system is presented. The mechanism consists of an assembly which is affixed to a nonmoving member of the storage system and a protruding pin on the moving carriage. The assembly has a hole at one end which the pin enters when the carriage exceeds its normal length of travel. The pin first strikes a rubber plate, which eliminates any shock which might be caused by a metal-to-metal contact. The rubber plate is mounted on the end of a piston which moves due to the force of the pin and compresses a cylindrical elastomeric tube. The elastomeric tube can be preloaded to cause a soft stop in a shorter distance without damage to the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1986
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventors: David Rickert, Miklos B. Marelin
  • Patent number: 4585963
    Abstract: A brushless direct current motor with the rotating magnet cup permanently attached to the spindle hub. After attachment, the combination spindle hub and magnet cup are affixed to the shaft and the resulting subassembly is dynamically balanced. The motor using this balanced subassembly can be assembled with no balancing required after assembly. The motor can also be disassembled for repair and reassembled without disturbing the dynamic balance. The motor includes an air seal at one end thereof and is especially useful for disk drive applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventors: Richard A. Wilkinson, Jr., William C. Hunt
  • Patent number: 4583213
    Abstract: An air shroud is disclosed for reducing vibration of the disk storage medium and controlling contamination in the environment above the disk in an optical disk data recording system. The shroud is placed over the rotating disk and pressurized air is forced into the center of the air space between the shroud and the disk where it moves from the center to the outside edge in a laminar flow. The shroud includes a circular plate with a slot for allowing the laser read/write beam to shine through the shroud and contact the surface of the disk for reading and writing data on the disk. An air duct is mounted around a center hole of the circular plate to distribute the pressurized air into the air space and a flange is mounted on the outer edge of the circular plate to reduce turbulence in the air flowing across the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventors: Allen T. Bracken, Harold A. Lunka, William J. Benker, Howard A. Snyder, Gary W. Collins
  • Patent number: 4580879
    Abstract: An in-line anamorphic light beam expanding/contracting device utilizing two prisms and a planar mirror surface. The planar mirror surface reflectively directs the optical path of a light beam between the two prisms and the prisms provide light beam expansion by refracting. The device allows for a diminutive device which is especially useful in computer peripheral optical data storage equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1986
    Assignee: Storage Technology Partners II
    Inventor: Scott D. Wilson