Patents Examined by A. J. Heinz
  • Patent number: 7633699
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a magnetically biased multilayer structure having a reference layer and a free layer separated by a spacer layer; a DC current source connected to the multilayer structure; an AC current source connected to the multilayer structure; and a phase detector for measuring a phase difference between an AC current and a voltage across the multilayer structure. A method performed by the apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Shehzaad Kaka, Mark William Covington, Nils Jan Gokemeijer, Michael Allen Seigler
  • Patent number: 7633723
    Abstract: To provide a tunnel junction device having a high MR ratio even at room temperature, a tunneling film as a nonmagnetic layer of three-layer structure of LaMnO3/SrTiO3/LaMnO3 is arranged between a ferromagnetic metal material La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 (12) and a ferromagnetic metal film material La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 (14). The tunneling film comprises two unit layers of LaMnO3 (13A) arranged on the ferromagnetic metal material La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 (12); five unit layers of SrTiO3 (13B); and two unit layers of LaMnO3 (13C) arranged at the interface between the SrTiO3 (13B) and the ferromagnetic metal film material La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignees: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tokura, Masashi Kawasaki, Hiroyuki Yamada, Yoshihiro Ogawa, Yoshio Kaneko
  • Patent number: 7633717
    Abstract: A baseplate has a flange and a boss tower with an opening for receiving a swaging ball during a swaging process. The flange has a pre-swaging profile that compensates for swaging-induced deformation of the flange. A portion of the baseplate is clamped into a flattened configuration and the flange is mounted to a suspension. The boss tower is inserted into an opening in an actuator arm. A swaging ball is passed through the swaging opening. The pre-swaging profile compensates for forces exerted on the flange during swaging such that deformation of the baseplate due to swaging is substantially eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Randolph Edward Fossum, Shane J. Van Sloun
  • Patent number: 7619851
    Abstract: A cartridge holder is disclosed that includes a cartridge supporting member that supports an inserted cartridge corresponding to a first cartridge or a thicker second cartridge; a cartridge upper face holding member that is normally positioned at a first height position for holding down the first cartridge; a cartridge upper face holding member supporting mechanism configured to move the cartridge upper face holding member with respect to the cartridge supporting member; and a lock mechanism configured to lock the cartridge upper face holding member in the first height position. The cartridge supporting member and the cartridge upper face holding member define a cartridge accommodating space. The lock mechanism remains locked when the first cartridge is inserted, and unlocks when the second cartridge is inserted. When the second cartridge is inserted, the cartridge upper face holding member is raised, and the size of the cartridge accommodating space is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhide Murase, Kazuya Tamura, Ryoichi Annen
  • Patent number: 7606005
    Abstract: An actuator of a hard disk drive (HDD). The actuator includes an actuator arm installed to be rotatably connected to a base plate of the HDD and having a pivot hole, a VCM (voice coil motor) coil connected to a rear portion of the actuator arm, upper and lower yokes respectively installed upper and lower the VCM coil, a VCM motor having a magnet provided therebetween; and a flexible printed circuit for driving the actuator. Here, a boss is formed at the actuator arm to be face the base plate and to be connected to the flexible printed circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-chul Shin
  • Patent number: 7606003
    Abstract: A storage apparatus and a magnetic head driving device includes a recording/reproducing head including a write element and a magnetoresistive element, a driving circuit for driving the write element and the magnetoresistive element, and write wires and read wires which connect the recording/reproducing head to the driving circuit. The write wires and the read wires are disposed in parallel in at least a portion between the recording/reproducing head and the driving circuit. At a location between the recording/reproducing head and the driving circuit, either of the write wires and the read wires are disposed so that a polarity of the either of the write wires and the read wires is reversed with respect to a polarity of the other of the write wires and the read wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Amemiya, Tetsuyuki Kubota, Yasuhiko Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7605999
    Abstract: A disk drive includes an opaque cover secured to a base, where the opaque cover has an opening. A see-through insert, which includes an electrically conductive material, is affixed to the opaque cover over the opening. The electrically conductive material may be a coating applied to the see-through insert which, in one embodiment is a polymer coating having a certain surface resistivity. Alternatively, the coating's ESD-dissipative properties may be due to the presence of sputtered gold, sputtered indium tin oxide or a metal film. The electrically conductive material may alternatively be embedded in the see-through insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Western Digital Technolgies, Inc.
    Inventors: May C. Kung, Sudha Narayan, Chunjer Chuck Cheng, Mahdad Manavi, John R. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 7606002
    Abstract: A disk drive head suspension, including a load beam formed from one or more layers of material, and a flexure mounted to the load beam. The load beam has an offset aperture and stiffening rails, and is characterized by a Z-height dimension between the one or more layers of material and the free end edges of the stiffening rails. The flexure has a slider-receiving region extending at least partially through the offset aperture and located within the Z-height dimension of the load beam. A load point structure is provided on the load beam and/or the flexure for restraining movement of the slider receiving region and for permitting slider-receiving region to pivot in under aerodynamic forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary J. Berscheit, Joel B. Douglas, Shawn P. Henze, Ryan D. Kariniemi, Mark M. Kiviahde, Duane A. Lundin
  • Patent number: 7602585
    Abstract: A suspension assembly has a flexure limiter and an actuator of a disk drive adopting the flexure limiter. The suspension assembly elastically biases a slider toward a surface of a disk, in which a read/write head is mounted on the slider. In the suspension assembly, a load beam is coupled to an end portion of a swing arm of the actuator and has sidewalls bent along both outside edges thereof. A flexure supports the slider and has a rear end portion fixed to a disk facing surface of the load beam and a front end portion extended toward a front end portion of the load beam. A flexure limiter is bent from the front end portion of the flexure toward the load beam to face a surface opposite to the disk facing surface of the load beam, thus limiting a range of pitching and rolling movements of the flexure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Byoung-gyou Choi
  • Patent number: 7602592
    Abstract: A magnetoresistive element includes at least three metallic magnetic layers, connection layers each provided between the metallic magnetic layers, and electrodes which supply a current perpendicularly to a plane of a stack of the metallic magnetic layers and the connection layers. A magnetization direction of a lowermost or uppermost metallic magnetic layer of the metallic magnetic layers is pinned, and a magnetization direction of an intermediate metallic magnetic layer is twisted such that magnetization directions of the lowermost and the uppermost metallic magnetic layers are made substantially orthogonal to each other at zero external field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hideaki Fukuzawa, Hiromi Yuasa, Hitoshi Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 7599152
    Abstract: In a read-write head, the shields can serve as magnetic flux conductors for external fields, so that they direct a certain amount of flux into the recording medium. This problem has been overcome by the addition to the shields of a pair of tabs located at the edges closest to the ABS. These tabs serve to prevent flux concentrating at the edges so that horizontal fields at these edges are significantly reduced. Said tabs need to have aspect ratios of at least 2 and may be either triangular or rectangular in shape. Alternatively, the tabs may be omitted and, instead, outer portions of the shield's lower edge may be shaped so as to slope upwards away from the ABS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Headway Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lijie Guan, Moris Dovek
  • Patent number: 7595962
    Abstract: The head suspension includes a base plate turned around a spindle, a load beam, and a flexure. The load beam includes the rigid part, a resilient part, and a head. A base end of the rigid part is attached to the resilient part, which is supported with the base plate. The head is for writing and reading data to and from a disk and is positioned at a front end of the rigid part to receive load from the load beam. The flexure is attached to the load beam and supports the head. A rail is formed along each side edge of the rigid part by bending the side edge in a thickness direction of the rigid part. The rail is continuous from the front end to the base end of the rigid part. The base end of the rigid part widens to form a wide part. The rail has a longitudinal curve around the start of the wide part. The longitudinal curve is provided with a deformable part that is more easily deformable in the longitudinal and vertical directions of the rail than the remaining parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Takikawa, Masao Hanya, Noriyuki Saito
  • Patent number: 7595964
    Abstract: Improved head gimbal assemblies reducing TMR (Track Mis-Registration) in a hard disk drive are provided. These head gimbal assemblies are as mechanically simple as contemporary head gimbal assemblies, support parallel flying sliders over flat disk surfaces, and reduce TMR induced by disk vibration. They are easier to build, more reliable, and cost less to make, than other known approaches at comparable track densities and rotational rates. The improved head gimbal assemblies include three sets of mechanisms for moving the slider parallel the disk surface, when the disk surface is flat, and radially moving the slider toward the track, when the disk surface is bent. The first and third mechanisms as well as the second and third mechanisms can be used together in a head gimbal assembly. An improved and distinctive servo-controller scheme resulting in an overall improvement in PES performance, particularly when applied to hard disk drives employing the invention's TMR reduction mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Ho Oh, Seong-Woo Kang, Yun-Sik Han, Young-Hoon Kim, Myeong-Eop Kim, Tae-Yeon Hwang, Jae-Won Kim
  • Patent number: 7586714
    Abstract: A head suspension includes an arm turned around a spindle, the load beam, and a flexure. The load beam includes a rigid part, a resilient part, and a head. The rigid part has a body and a joint. The joint is connected to a first end of the resilient part that is supported with the arm. The head is for writing and reading data to and from a disk and is positioned at a front end of the load beam to receive load from the load beam. The flexure is attached to the load beam and supports the head. A rail is formed along each side edge of the body of the rigid part and rises in a thickness direction of the body. The first end of the resilient part has extensions that extend over the joint of the rigid part toward the body of the rigid part. The extensions are fixed to the body of the rigid part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Watadani, Masao Hanya
  • Patent number: 7580229
    Abstract: A current-perpendicular-to-the-plane (CPP) magnetoresistive sensor has an antiparallel free (APF) structure as the free layer and a specific direction for the applied bias or sense current. The (APF) structure has a first free ferromagnetic (FL1), a second free ferromagnetic layer (FL2), and an antiparallel (AP) coupling (APC) layer that couples FL1 and FL2 together antiferromagnetically with the result that FL1 and FL2 have substantially antiparallel magnetization directions and rotate together in the presence of a magnetic field. The thicknesses of FL1 and FL2 are chosen to obtain the desired net free layer magnetic moment/area for the sensor, and the thickness of FL1 is preferably chosen to be greater than the spin-diffusion length of the electrons in the FL1 material to maximize the bulk spin-dependent scattering of electrons and thus maximize the sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Carey, Jeffrey R. Childress, Stefan Maat, Neil Smith
  • Patent number: 7576945
    Abstract: Turbulence of an airflow returning to a magnetic disk along the base sidewall of a HDD is reduced to thereby reduce flutter of an actuator or a magnetic disk caused by the airflow, thus improving read/write performance. An HDD according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises a base, a top cover fixed to the base, a motor for rotating a magnetic disk, an actuator for moving a head which gets access to the magnetic disk, a ramp slope portion on which an extreme end is ridden up, a ramp support portion for supporting the ramp slope portion, and a stage for holding the ramp support portion. A flow passage is formed which runs toward the magnetic disk through an area near the ramp support portion on the side of the top cover. An inclined portion running toward the bottom of the base is formed on the end of the flow passage on the side of the magnetic disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Naoaki Kanada, Kohichi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 7576949
    Abstract: The present invention relates to direct current (“DC”) pre-erasing servo channels of a magnetic tape prior to writing servo data in a servo channel. The present invention particularly relates to those servo recordings which were written with a uni-polar current waveform. The DC pre-erase is performed using a uni-polar direct current of a polarity that is opposite to the polarity of the direct current used to write the servo data. This pre-erase may be done with one or more heads. Also, as will be described, the pre-erase of a servo channel and writing to a servo channel may be done by making two passes over a single head or by using two or more heads to perform both steps. Also, it is within the scope of the present invention to have the heads mounted on a single mount or have the heads on separate mounts and on separate tape decks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Advanced Research Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Dugas, Theodore A. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 7573676
    Abstract: A magnetic recording head includes a return pole, a writing pole spaced a predetermined distance from the return pole, an induction writing coil forming a magnetic field on the writing pole, and a writing pole shield formed on the same plane as the writing pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoo-san Lee, Young-hun Im, Yong-su Kim
  • Patent number: 7573682
    Abstract: A transducing device having a storage interface surface includes a writer having a pole tip region, a coil having a width positioned around the writer, and a heating element. The heating element extends to near the storage interface surface. A portion of the heating element is at least as wide as the coil. The heating element heats the writer in response to current flow through the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Ladislav R. Pust, Michael T. Johnson, Richard P. Larson, Thu-Van T. Nguyen, David C. Seets, William P. Vavra
  • Patent number: 7573673
    Abstract: The present invention provides an air baffle device for reducing disk vibration of a disk drive, where the air baffle device comprises a plurality of metal plates, and a fastening means for assembling the plurality of metal plates into a multi-layered structure. In another aspect of the present invention, there is provided an air baffle device for reducing disk vibration of a disk drive, where the air baffle device comprises a plurality of metal plates, a plurality of spacers, and a fastening means for assembling the plurality of metal plates and spacers into a multi-layered structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: LaserResearch (S) Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Kien-Wee Lai, Wel-Min Wang, Jui-Kiat Goh, Wai-Kuen Koh