Patents Examined by Peter Vincent Agustin
  • Patent number: 11568895
    Abstract: A method includes determining an error after attempting to read, via a first read transducer and a second read transducer, a data sector in a first data track. The method further includes calculating a weight ratio associated with the data sector and determining a read offset direction of the data sector based, at least in part, on the calculated weight ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Ara Patapoutian, Zheng Wang, Jason Bellorado, William M. Radich
  • Patent number: 11568892
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic disk device includes: a disk; a head including a main magnetic pole, a write shield that faces the main magnetic pole in a first direction and is separated from the main magnetic pole by a gap, a first assist element that is disposed in the gap and a second assist element that is disposed in the gap and is positioned relative to the first assist element in a second direction intersecting the first direction; and a controller configured to: cause a first assist energy from the first assist element to be applied to the disk and affect a coercive force of the disk; and cause a second assist energy from the second assist element to be applied to the disk and affect a coercive force of the disk, wherein the first assist energy is different from the second assist energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Suzuki, Akihiko Takeo
  • Patent number: 11562768
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a magnetic head having a first array of read transducers, an array of write transducers, and a second array of read transducers. A center-to-center pitch of the read transducers in the first array is less than a center-to-center pitch of the write transducers. A center-to-center pitch of the read transducers in the second array is greater than a center-to-center pitch of the write transducers. The read transducers in the first and second arrays are aligned with the write transducers along an intended direction of tape travel thereacross for enabling read-while-write operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Liang, Robert Biskeborn
  • Patent number: 11562766
    Abstract: A thermally assisted magnetic head includes a slider, the slider includes a slider substrate and a magnetic head part. The magnetic head part includes a recording head, a reading head, a near field transducer and a medium-opposing surface. The medium-opposing surface includes a recording area and a reading area. The magnetic head part includes a record/read separately protective structure which an enhanced protective film is formed on the recording area and a reading head protective film is formed on the reading area. The enhanced protective film includes a plurality of films for effectively protecting the recording head and the near field transducer. The reading head protective film includes a thickness which is thinner than the enhanced protective film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Natsuo Nishijima, Xiao Ke Ding
  • Patent number: 11557320
    Abstract: A method for writing repeatable run-out (RRO) data, to surfaces of a rotating magnetic storage medium in a storage device having two read channels, includes detecting, with a first head, using a first read channel, a servo sync mark (SSM) on a first track on a first surface, establishing a recurring servo-gating signal at a successive fixed interval from the SSM, detecting, with the first head, servo signals from the first track on occurrence of the recurring servo-gating signal, processing the servo signals from the first track, to generate first positioning signals for positioning the first head relative to the first track, following a similar procedure with a second read channel having a second head to generate second positioning signals for the second read head, and writing first and second RRO data to servo wedges of the first and second tracks according to the respective positioning signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Marvell Asia Pte Ltd
    Inventor: Supaket Katchmart
  • Patent number: 11557319
    Abstract: A hard disk drive includes a magnetic recording medium comprising data sectors along a data track, a read head arranged to read data from the data sectors, and an integrated circuit. The integrated circuit includes circuitry programmed to detect a read error associated with a first of the data sectors and continue to read data from the data sectors after the detection of the read error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Zheng Wang, Ara Patapoutian, Jason Bellorado, William M. Radich
  • Patent number: 11557321
    Abstract: A data storage device configured to access a magnetic tape is disclosed, wherein the data storage device comprises at least one head configured to access the magnetic tape. A first plurality of data blocks are encoded into a first plurality of ECC sub-blocks including a first ECC sub-block, and the first plurality of ECC sub-blocks are encoded into a first ECC super-block. The first ECC sub-block is written to the magnetic tape, and a write-verify of the first ECC sub-block is executed by reading the first ECC sub-block. When the write-verify passes, a second plurality of data blocks are encoded into a second ECC super-block, and when the write-verify fails, a third plurality of data blocks and the first ECC sub-block are encoded into the second ECC super-block, wherein the second ECC super-block is written to the magnetic tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Horn, Derrick E. Burton
  • Patent number: 11545184
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally related to a tape drive comprising a tape head and a controller. The tape head comprises a first assembly and a second assembly disposed adjacent to the first assembly, each assembly comprising a write module comprising a plurality of write heads and a read module comprising a plurality of read heads. When a tape moves in a first direction, the controller is configured to control the tape head to write data to the tape using the write module of the first module and read data from the tape using the read module of the first assembly. When the tape moves in a second direction opposite the first direction, the controller is configured to control the tape head to write data to the tape using the write module of the second module and read data from the tape using the read module of the second assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G. Biskeborn
  • Patent number: 11545180
    Abstract: A heat-assisted magnetic recording head includes a near-field transducer (NFT). The NFT includes a plasmonic disk and a near-field oscillator pair. The near-field oscillator pair includes a receiving oscillator and an emitting oscillator. The receiving oscillator is operatively coupled to the plasmonic disk and configured to receive localized surface plasmons from the plasmonic disk and amplify a near field of the localized surface plasmons. The emitting oscillator is configured to receive the near field from the receiving oscillator and emit the near field toward a surface of a magnetic disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Chubing Peng
  • Patent number: 11538492
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus configured to: access blocks having a fixed size provided such that, among magnetic tapes having a redundant configuration, reverse time of one of the magnetic tapes and read time of the other magnetic tapes are identical; insert into each of the magnetic tapes a single first dummy block immediately after reversal of a first wrap; and insert one or more second dummy blocks into each of the other magnetic tapes immediately before the reversal of the first wrap such that different numbers of the one or more second dummy blocks are inserted into the different other magnetic tapes and inserting into each of the other magnetic tapes immediately after the reversal of the first wrap one or more third dummy blocks a number of which is equal to a number of the one or more second dummy blocks in each of the other magnetic tapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Yasuo Noguchi
  • Patent number: 11532325
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally related to a tape drive including a tape head configured to read shingled data tracks on a tape. The tape head comprises a first module head assembly aligned with a second module head assembly. Both the first and second module head assemblies comprises one or more servo heads and a plurality of data heads. Each data head comprises a write head, a first read head aligned with the write head, and a second read head offset from the first read head in both a cross-track direction and a down-track direction. The first read heads and the second read heads are configured to read data from a shingled data track of the tape simultaneously. In some embodiments, the tape head is able to be dynamically tilted in order to tilt the first and second reads heads when reading curved portions of shingled data tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Quang Le, Xiaoyong Liu, Zhigang Bai, Kuok San Ho, Hisashi Takano
  • Patent number: 11532330
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments generally relate to a data storage device for accessing a magnetic tape. The device includes write heads writing data tracks on the magnetic tape and control circuitry configured to: (1) use the heads to write a first set of data tracks on the magnetic tape; (2) measure a distortion of the first set of data tracks after the first set of data tracks have been written; and (3) use the heads to shingle write a second set of data tracks relative to the first set of data tracks based on the measured distortion. To compensate for the distortion, a priority servo is chosen based on whether the distortion is an expansion or contraction, and/or whether the shingle writing direction is inbound or outbound. The head bar is moved during shingle writing toward the servo track associated with the priority servo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Biskeborn, Trevor W. Olson, Mark L. Watson
  • Patent number: 11521651
    Abstract: There is provided a recording apparatus, a recording method, a reproduction apparatus, a reproduction method, a recording medium, an encoding apparatus, and a decoding apparatus which enable recording or reproduction to be easily implemented at high line density. User data is encoded into a multilevel edge code, and a multilevel code whose value changes in accordance with the multilevel edge code is recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoru Higashino
  • Patent number: 11514929
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a tape head and a tape head drive including a tape head. The tape head comprises at least one same gap verify (SGV) module comprising a closure, a substrate, and a plurality of write transducer and read transducer pairs. The write transducer and the read transducer of each pair are spaced a first distance in a first direction of about 5 ?m to about 20 ?m. The SGV module head assembly is configured to write data to a tape using the write transducer of each pair and read verify the data written on the tape using the read transducer of each pair such that the write transducer and read transducer of each pair are concurrently operable. In some embodiments, the SGV module head assembly is further configured for dynamic tilting to enable correcting of mis-registration caused by tape lateral dimension changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Biskeborn, David J. Seagle
  • Patent number: 11508403
    Abstract: Motion of a first actuator in a multi-actuator drive is prevented from affecting a second actuator in the drive or from being affected by the second actuator. A coupling coordinator generates a hold command for the second actuator based on an operation to be carried out using the first actuator, where the hold command is generated before commands to carry out the operation are issued. The hold command may cause an aggressor actuator in the drive to halt a disturbance-generating operation being performed by the aggressor actuator or delay initiation of such an operation that is to be performed by the aggressor actuator. The hold command may cause a victim actuator in the drive to pause the execution of a sensitive operation being performed by the victim actuator or delay initiation of such an operation that is to be performed by the victim actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gabor Szita, Anton Gerasimov, Jiangang Liang, Gary W. Calfee
  • Patent number: 11508409
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic disk device includes a disk including a normal recording region written in a normal recording and a shingled recording region written in a shingled recording, a head including a write head and a plurality of read heads, the head moving on the disk by rotation about a rotation axis, and a controller which selects and executes the normal recording and the shingled recording, wherein a first minimum value of a cross track interval in the radial direction of the disk between two read heads in the plurality of read heads in the normal recording region is smaller than a first maximum value of the cross track interval in the shingled recording region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yusuke Tomoda
  • Patent number: 11508404
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic disk device includes a disk, a head that writes data to the disk and reads data from the disk, an actuator that is rotationally driven and controls movement of the head mounted on the disk, and a controller that estimates a fundamental frequency of a position error signal generated in positioning control of the head, the fundamental frequency corresponding to a disturbance having harmonics, determines the fundamental frequency, determines the number of delay samples based on the fundamental frequency, and suppresses a multiplied frequency that is a harmonic of the fundamental frequency according to the number of the delay samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Kawabe, Takeyori Hara
  • Patent number: 11501800
    Abstract: A storage array includes a plurality of hard disks, where each of the hard disks is divided into a plurality of chunks, and a plurality of chunks of different hard disks form a chunk group using a redundancy algorithm. The storage array obtains fault information of a faulty area in a first hard disk, and determines a faulty chunk storing the lost data according to the fault information. The storage array recovers the data in the faulty chunk using another chunk in a chunk group to which the faulty chunk belongs and stores the recovered data in a recovered chunk. The recovered chunk is located in a second hard disk which is not a hard disk for forming the chunk group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guoxia Liu, Liming Wu
  • Patent number: 11495248
    Abstract: A signal processing device includes a receiver that receives a plurality of playback signal sequence obtained by digitizing a plurality of reading results by a plurality of A/D converter, the plurality of reading results being obtained by reading data by a plurality of reading elements from a magnetic tape and a plurality of equalizers that perform waveform equalization of the plurality of playback signal sequence. The plurality of equalizers perform the waveform equalization by using a plurality of non-linear filters that have been learned to reduce distortion that occurs non-linearly in the plurality of playback signal sequence according to a condition under an environment in which the data is read from the magnetic tape. The plurality of non-linear filters being optimized to a suitable characteristic for the plurality of reading elements by optimization based on the plurality of reading results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Musha, Yoshihiro Okamoto, Yasuaki Nakamura, Madoka Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 11495255
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method for manufacturing a magnetic disk device includes: moving a magnetic head such that a read head is located on a first learning position among a plurality of learning positions set in a radial direction of a magnetic disk; and learning RRO correction information related to the first learning position using the read head. The method further includes: moving the magnetic head such that the read head is located on a second learning position among the plurality of learning positions; and executing writing of the RRO correction information related to the first learning position using the write head in parallel while learning RRO correction information related to the second learning position using the read head when the read head is located on the second learning position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumiya Kudo