Patents by Inventor John Contreras

John Contreras has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210327462
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a data storage device comprising a slider comprising an embedded contact sensor, an electronics module, and a plurality of lines disposed between and coupled to the slider and the electronics module, wherein at least one line of the plurality of lines is configured to both (a) couple a slider bias voltage to a body of the slider to control a potential of the slider, and (b) provide a signal to the embedded contact sensor. The slider may also include a shunt circuit for mitigating radio-frequency interference by shunting it to ground. The slider may include a write element, which may include a write-field enhancement structure. The slider may include a read element for reading from a recording media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Contreras, Yunfei Ding, Kuok San Ho, Ian Robson McFadyen, Joey Martin Poss
  • Patent number: 11087784
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a data storage device comprising a recording media, a slider comprising a write head having a write-field enhancement structure for recording data to the recording media, an electronics module, and a plurality of lines disposed between and coupled to the slider and the electronics module, wherein at least one line of the plurality of lines is configured to both couple a bias voltage to a body of the slider, and carry a bias current for the write-field enhancement structure. Also disclosed herein is a data storage device comprising a slider with an embedded contact sensor, an electronics module, and a plurality of lines disposed between and coupled to the slider and the electronics module, wherein at least one line of the plurality of lines is configured to both couple a bias voltage to a body of the slider, and provide a signal to the embedded contact sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Contreras, Yunfei Ding, Kuok San Ho, Ian Robson McFadyen, Joey Martin Poss
  • Patent number: 10891973
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are circuits, architectures, and methods that provide for the control of a data storage device write head's trailing shield and main pole potential with respect to the disk using circuitry that is integrated with circuitry used to bias a spin torque oscillator (STO) apparatus. Various embodiments include slider connections with STO bias circuitry that resides in a read/write integrated circuit, which has a programmable circuit that generates a bias current with overshoot (bias kicks). Also disclosed are circuits that may be incorporated into a slider to mitigate radio-frequency interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Contreras, Yunfei Ding, Kuok San Ho, Ian Robson McFadyen, Joey Martin Poss
  • Publication number: 20200349969
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a data storage device comprising a recording media, a slider comprising a write head having a write-field enhancement structure for recording data to the recording media, an electronics module, and a plurality of lines disposed between and coupled to the slider and the electronics module, wherein at least one line of the plurality of lines is configured to both couple a bias voltage to a body of the slider, and carry a bias current for the write-field enhancement structure. Also disclosed herein is a data storage device comprising a slider with an embedded contact sensor, an electronics module, and a plurality of lines disposed between and coupled to the slider and the electronics module, wherein at least one line of the plurality of lines is configured to both couple a bias voltage to a body of the slider, and provide a signal to the embedded contact sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John CONTRERAS, Yunfei DING, Kuok San HO, Ian Robson MCFADYEN, Joey Martin POSS
  • Publication number: 20200211584
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are circuits, architectures, and methods that provide for the control of a data storage device write head's trailing shield and main pole potential with respect to the disk using circuitry that is integrated with circuitry used to bias a spin torque oscillator (STO) apparatus. Various embodiments include slider connections with STO bias circuitry that resides in a read/write integrated circuit, which has a programmable circuit that generates a bias current with overshoot (bias kicks). Also disclosed are circuits that may be incorporated into a slider to mitigate radio-frequency interference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John CONTRERAS, Yunfei DING, Kuok San HO, Ian Robson MCFADYEN, Joey Martin POSS
  • Patent number: 10629229
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are circuits, architectures, and methods that provide for the control of a data storage device write head's trailing shield and main pole potential with respect to the disk using circuitry that is integrated with circuitry used to bias a spin torque oscillator (STO) apparatus. Various embodiments include slider connections with STO bias circuitry that resides in a read/write integrated circuit, which has a programmable circuit that generates a bias current with overshoot (bias kicks). Also disclosed are circuits that may be incorporated into a slider to mitigate radio-frequency interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Contreras, Yunfei Ding, Kuok San Ho, Ian Robson McFadyen, Joey Martin Poss
  • Publication number: 20190362744
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are circuits, architectures, and methods that provide for the control of a data storage device write head's trailing shield and main pole potential with respect to the disk using circuitry that is integrated with circuitry used to bias a spin torque oscillator (STO) apparatus. Various embodiments include slider connections with STO bias circuitry that resides in a read/write integrated circuit, which has a programmable circuit that generates a bias current with overshoot (bias kicks). Also disclosed are circuits that may be incorporated into a slider to mitigate radio-frequency interference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John CONTRERAS, Yunfei DING, Kuok San HO, Ian Robson MCFADYEN, Joey Martin POSS
  • Patent number: 10424323
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are circuits, architectures, and methods that provide for the control of a data storage device write head's trailing shield and main pole potential with respect to the disk using circuitry that is integrated with circuitry used to bias a spin torque oscillator (STO) apparatus. Various embodiments include slider connections with STO bias circuitry that resides in a read/write integrated circuit, which has a programmable circuit that generates a bias current with overshoot (bias kicks). Also disclosed are circuits that may be incorporated into a slider to mitigate radio-frequency interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Contreras, Yunfei Ding, Kuok San Ho, Ian Robson McFadyen, Joey Martin Poss
  • Patent number: 10411670
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are printed circuit boards with at least one signal trace situated over or under a reference plane. The reference plane includes a broadband common-mode filter that comprises looping and parallel structures etched into the reference plane. The looping structure includes an even number of side arms, and the parallel structure comprises an even number of interior arms, wherein each of the side arms extends toward the parallel structure, and each of the interior arms extends toward the looping structure. The at least one signal trace is substantially parallel to the side arms and to the interior arms, and is situated between a first half of the even number of side arms and a second half of the even number of side arms and between a first half of the even number of interior arms and a second half of the even number of interior arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xinzhi Xing, Albert Wallash, John Contreras
  • Patent number: 10283150
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are suspension assembly structures for data storage devices that include physical or virtual crossovers of the pairs of differential signal traces to improve immunity to crosstalk and other interference. In an embodiment, the suspension assembly structure comprises a first trace for carrying a first component of a current to a differential transducer on a slider, a second trace for carrying a second component of the current to the differential transducer on the slider, and third and fourth traces for providing a differential write current to a writer of the data storage device, wherein the first trace physically crosses over the second trace at a first distance from a tail of the suspension assembly structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Contreras, Rehan Zakai, Albert Wallash, Tzong-Shii Pan
  • Patent number: 10285259
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are printed circuit boards with embedded solenoid filters through which signal traces pass to filter unwanted noise and electromagnetic interference. A printed circuit board comprises a least three layers, a solenoid embedded within the at least three layers, and at least one trace extending through the solenoid. The insertion loss characteristics of the solenoid filter can be tuned by modifying the number of turns in the solenoid(s) and the width of the solenoid(s). The solenoid filter may comprise multiple solenoids connected in series, with adjacent solenoids having opposite wind directions. Surface components may be included on the board to tune the insertion loss further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Wallash, John Contreras, Ronald G. Parkinen, Xinzhi Xing, Hui He
  • Patent number: 10244618
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are printed circuit boards (PCBs) with patterned ground structure filters and data storage devices comprising such PCBs. Each PCB comprises a resonator having an L-shape or a zig-zag shape in a plane of the printed circuit board and at least one signal trace. The resonator has a first dimension and a second dimension in the plane of the printed circuit board. A portion of the at least one signal trace is situated over the resonator and is separated by a distance from the resonator by a dielectric material. In some embodiments, at least part of the portion of the at least one signal trace extends in a same direction as the first dimension (in the case of an L-shaped resonator) or tracks the zig-zag shape of the resonator (in the case of a zig-zag-shaped resonator).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Wallash, John Contreras, Satoshi Nakamura, Hui He
  • Publication number: 20190043531
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are suspension assembly structures for data storage devices that include physical or virtual crossovers of the pairs of differential signal traces to improve immunity to crosstalk and other interference. In an embodiment, the suspension assembly structure comprises a first trace for carrying a first component of a current to a differential transducer on a slider, a second trace for carrying a second component of the current to the differential transducer on the slider, and third and fourth traces for providing a differential write current to a writer of the data storage device, wherein the first trace physically crosses over the second trace at a first distance from a tail of the suspension assembly structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John CONTRERAS, Rehan ZAKAI, Albert WALLASH, Tzong-Shii PAN
  • Publication number: 20180376580
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are printed circuit boards with at least one signal trace situated over or under a reference plane. The reference plane includes a broadband common-mode filter that comprises looping and parallel structures etched into the reference plane. The looping structure includes an even number of side arms, and the parallel structure comprises an even number of interior arms, wherein each of the side arms extends toward the parallel structure, and each of the interior arms extends toward the looping structure. The at least one signal trace is substantially parallel to the side arms and to the interior arms, and is situated between a first half of the even number of side arms and a second half of the even number of side arms and between a first half of the even number of interior arms and a second half of the even number of interior arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xinzhi XING, Albert WALLASH, John CONTRERAS
  • Publication number: 20180376583
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are printed circuit boards with embedded solenoid filters through which signal traces pass to filter unwanted noise and electromagnetic interference. A printed circuit board comprises a least three layers, a solenoid embedded within the at least three layers, and at least one trace extending through the solenoid. The insertion loss characteristics of the solenoid filter can be tuned by modifying the number of turns in the solenoid(s) and the width of the solenoid(s). The solenoid filter may comprise multiple solenoids connected in series, with adjacent solenoids having opposite wind directions. Surface components may be included on the board to tune the insertion loss further.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert WALLASH, John CONTRERAS, Ronald G. PARKINEN, Xinzhi XING, Hui HE
  • Publication number: 20170295644
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are printed circuit boards (PCBs) with patterned ground structure filters and data storage devices comprising such PCBs. Each PCB comprises a resonator having an L-shape or a zig-zag shape in a plane of the printed circuit board and at least one signal trace. The resonator has a first dimension and a second dimension in the plane of the printed circuit board. A portion of the at least one signal trace is situated over the resonator and is separated by a distance from the resonator by a dielectric material. In some embodiments, at least part of the portion of the at least one signal trace extends in a same direction as the first dimension (in the case of an L-shaped resonator) or tracks the zig-zag shape of the resonator (in the case of a zig-zag-shaped resonator).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert WALLASH, John CONTRERAS, Satoshi NAKAMURA, Hui HE
  • Patent number: 9570096
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for extending a read bandwidth and increasing a high-frequency signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of a front-end of a read path of a hard disk drive (HDD) by introducing a high impedance section at the front-end of the read path. The high impedance section may mitigate capacitive effects found at the front-end of the read path, thereby improving signal transfer by extending the read bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: HGST NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: John Contreras, Tatemi Ido, Nobumasa Nishiyama, Xinzhi Xing
  • Patent number: 9564163
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system are provided for implementing dual partially independent flyheight control (TFC) for hard disk drives (HDDs). A dual thermal flyheight control (TFC) includes a series connected first heater resistor and a second heater resistor connected between a pair of wires. A capacitor is connected in parallel with the first heater resistor providing a frequency dependent shunt to the parallel connected first heater resistor. TFC electrical bias signals are applied to the first heater resistor and second heater resistor carried by the pair of wires. For example, the TFC electrical bias signals include high frequency electrical signals including a frequency range between 1 MHz and 100 MHz having a set amplitude in a voltage range between 0 and 7 Volts, and/or DC current signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Contreras, Ian Robson McFadyen, Erhard Schreck
  • Publication number: 20160293194
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system are provided for implementing dual partially independent flyheight control (TFC) for hard disk drives (HDDs). A dual thermal flyheight control (TFC) includes a series connected first heater resistor and a second heater resistor connected between a pair of wires. A capacitor is connected in parallel with the first heater resistor providing a frequency dependent shunt to the parallel connected first heater resistor. TFC electrical bias signals are applied to the first heater resistor and second heater resistor carried by the pair of wires. For example, the TFC electrical bias signals include high frequency electrical signals including a frequency range between 1 MHz and 100 MHz having a set amplitude in a voltage range between 0 and 7 Volts, and/or DC current signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: John Contreras, Ian Robson McFadyen, Erhard Schreck
  • Patent number: 9280993
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for implementing enhanced asymmetric degauss control for a write head for hard disk drives. A degauss period is provided at the end of a write. The write head is driven asymmetrically with respect to the positive and negative driving currents during the degauss period. The average value of the write current during the degauss period is non-zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: HGST Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: John Contreras, Zhen Jin, Yuanpeng Li, Xiaoyu Sui