Patents by Inventor Koichi Wago

Koichi Wago 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: 20070206453
    Abstract: An optical data/information storage medium comprises a disk-shaped substrate with a data/information encoded surface having a plurality of concentric, radially spaced-apart data tracks formed therein, each of said data tracks comprising a plurality of spaced-apart, nano-dimensioned data pits or marks with different angular orientations with respect to a down-track direction of each data track. Each of the data tracks further comprises a plurality of spaced-apart, nano-dimensioned servo tracking pits or marks with a preselected angular orientation with respect to the down-track direction for use in obtaining radial error (RE) signals of a read-out head by means of radial push-pull (PP) or differential phase detection (DPD) tracking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Publication date: September 6, 2007
    Inventors: David Kuo, Neil Deeman, Shih-Fu Lee, Koichi Wago
  • Publication number: 20070195672
    Abstract: A method of performing writable optical recording of a medium to form multilevel oriented nano-structures therein, comprises steps of providing a disc-shaped, writable recording medium having a planar surface; and encoding data/information in the medium by forming a plurality of multilevel nano-structured pits in the surface by scanning with a focused spot of optical energy to form at least one data track therein, including scanning the optical spot in a cross-track direction while rotating the disc about a central axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Inventors: Duane Karns, Dieter Weller, William Challener, Edward Gage, David Kuo, Neil Deeman, Shih-Fu Lee, Koichi Wago
  • Patent number: 7218466
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing contact printing of a magnetic transition pattern in a magnetic recording medium, comprising: (a) a stamper/imprinter including a body formed of at least one magnetic material having a high saturation magnetization Bsat and a high permeability, including an imprinting surface adapted to be placed in intimate contact with a surface of a magnetic layer, the imprinting surface comprised of a plurality of patterned areas which separate a plurality of areas which are not patterned, each of the areas which is not patterned being provided with at least one of: (i) mechanical reinforcing means for preventing deformation of the body when the imprinting surface is urged into contact with the surface of the magnetic layer; and (ii) gas venting means for facilitating removal of air or other gas from between the imprinting surface and the surface of the magnetic layer when the former is urged into contact with the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Neil Deeman, Joseph Leigh, Koichi Wago, Li-Ping Wang
  • Publication number: 20060196625
    Abstract: A high field contrast magnetic stamper/imprinter for use in patterning of magnetic and magneto-optical (MO) recording media by contact printing, comprises: (a) a layer of a magnetic material having a high saturation magnetization Bsat?˜1.2 and high permeability ??˜5, including a first, topographically patterned surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the first, topographically patterned surface comprising a patterned plurality of spaced-apart recesses with a plurality of non-recessed areas therebetween, the topographical pattern corresponding to a magnetic pattern to be formed in a magnetic or MO recording medium; and (b) a layer of Ni on the second surface. A corrosion-resistant protective overcoat layer may be present on the topographically patterned surface. A method for manufacturing the stamper/imprinter is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Publication date: September 7, 2006
    Applicant: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Li-Ping Wang, David Kuo, Jing Gui, Koichi Wago
  • Patent number: 7036209
    Abstract: A method of simultaneously forming magnetic transition patterns in both side surfaces of a dual-sided magnetic or magneto-optical (MO) recording medium comprises steps of: (a) providing a dual-sided magnetic or MO recording medium having first and second opposing side surfaces; (b) providing a first magnetic stamper/imprinter having a first topographically patterned imprinting surface comprising a plurality of projections and depressions arranged in a first pattern corresponding to a first magnetic transition pattern to be formed in the first side surface; (c) providing a second magnetic stamper/imprinter having a second topographically patterned imprinting surface comprising a plurality of projections and depressions arranged in a second pattern corresponding to a second magnetic transition pattern to be formed in the second side surface, the second magnetic stamper/imprinter being formed from the first magnetic stamper/imprinter in a “mother”/“son” relationship; (d) contacting the first side surface with th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Koichi Wago, Neil Deeman, Jing Gui
  • Patent number: 7028743
    Abstract: A high field contrast magnetic stamper/imprinter for use in patterning of magnetic and magneto-optical (MO) recording media by contact printing, comprises: (a) a layer of a magnetic material having a high saturation magnetization Bsat?˜1.2 and high permeability ??˜5, including a first, topographically patterned surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the first, topographically patterned surface comprising a patterned plurality of spaced-apart recesses with a plurality of non-recessed areas therebetween, the topographical pattern corresponding to a magnetic pattern to be formed in a magnetic or MO recording medium; and (b) a layer of Ni on the second surface. A corrosion-resistant protective overcoat layer may be present on the topographically patterned surface. A method for manufacturing the stamper/imprinter is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Li-Ping Wang, David Kuo, Jing Gui, Koichi Wago
  • Patent number: 6979524
    Abstract: A method of forming a magnetic transition pattern in a longitudinal magnetic recording medium, comprising steps of: (a) providing a magnetic recording medium including a layer of a magnetic material having a surface comprised of a plurality of longitudinally extending magnetic domains; (b) contacting the surface of the layer of magnetic material with a topographically patterned imprinting surface of a stamper/imprinter formed of at least one high saturation magnetization, high permeability magnetic material; and (c) applying a unidirectional magnetic field perpendicular to the imprinting surface of the stamper/imprinter, the perpendicular magnetic field creating a longitudinal magnetic field component of sufficient strength to effect selective alignment of the magnetic domains of those portions of the layer of magnetic material which face the depressions of the imprinting surface while retaining the alignment of the magnetic domains of those portions of the layer of magnetic material which face the project
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Koichi Wago, Shih-Fu Lee, Li-Ping Wang, Joseph Leigh
  • Publication number: 20050271819
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a patterned magnetic layer comprises sequential steps of: (a) providing a workpiece comprising a non-magnetic substrate, a layer of magnetic material overlying a surface of the substrate, and a layer of a non-magnetic material overlying the layer of magnetic material; (b) forming a layer of a mask material on the layer of non-magnetic material; (c) forming a topographical pattern comprising a plurality of recesses in the layer of mask material; (d) selectively removing portions of the layer of non-magnetic material proximate lower portions of the recesses, thereby exposing selected portions of the layer of magnetic material; (e) treating the exposed portions of the layer of magnetic material with a liquid for reducing the magnetic properties thereof; and (f) removing the topographically patterned layer of mask material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Publication date: December 8, 2005
    Inventors: Koichi Wago, Hong Wang, Nobuo Kurataka, Gennady Gauzner, Neil Deeman
  • Publication number: 20050270674
    Abstract: An elastomer pad used in a system and method for servo formatting magnetic media using contact magnetic printing is disclosed. The elastomer pad includes a substrate substantially the same shape and size as the magnetic media and an elastomer material bonded to the substrate wherein the substrate provides support for the elastomer material. Further an apparatus for creating magnetic patterns on magnetic media, including the elastomer pad, is disclosed and includes a stamper having a pattern, a press for supplying a force to the stamper and the magnetic media, the elastomer pad including the substrate and bonded elastomer material, positioned between the stamper and the press for enabling the stamper to conform to the contours of the unflat stamper, and a magnet for supplying a magnetic field to the stamper and the magnetic media causing the pattern on the stamper to be transferred to the magnetic media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Publication date: December 8, 2005
    Inventors: Koichi Wago, Gennady Gauzner
  • Patent number: 6949199
    Abstract: A method of performing thermal imprint lithography of a surface of a thermoplastic layer-coated workpiece for forming a pattern therein comprises pre-heating the workpiece to a pre-selected high temperature prior to inserting the workpiece in a stamping/imprinting tool maintained at a predetermined lower temperature, whereby the interval for thermal cycling of the stamping/imprinting tool between higher and lower temperatures is eliminated or at least reduced. Applications of the method include forming servo patterns in disk-shaped substrates for hard disk recording media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Gennady Gauzner, Koichi Wago, David Shiao-Min Kuo
  • Publication number: 20050083597
    Abstract: A device for precisely aligning a stamper/imprinter for use in a process for contact printing of a magnetic pattern in a surface of a magnetic or magneto-optical (MO) recording medium, comprising: (a) a holding plate having opposed first and second major surfaces; (b) means for positioning and fixedly mounting a stamper/imprinter on the first major surface of the holding plate; (c) a mounting plate having opposed first and second major surfaces, the first major surface of the mounting plate facing the second major surface of the holding plate; and (d) mounting means for positioning and fixedly mounting the first major surface of the mounting plate in contact with the second major surface of the holding plate, including means for laterally moving the holding plate relative to the mounting plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Publication date: April 21, 2005
    Inventors: Gennady Gauzner, David Kuo, Koichi Wago
  • Publication number: 20050064297
    Abstract: A rotary apertured interferometric lithography (RAIL) system that includes interferometric lithography tools, a mask with a slit preferably with an arc shape, and a rotating stage is disclosed. The RAIL system could create a servo pattern of a recording-head trajectory of a hard disk drive in a master for magnetic-contact printing. The master can could be used to form arrays of sub-micron sized magnetic elements on a magnetic disk media for high-density magnetic recording applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Publication date: March 24, 2005
    Inventor: Koichi Wago
  • Patent number: 6869557
    Abstract: A stamper/imprinter for use in performing thermal imprint lithography of a substrate/workpiece surface to form a pattern of features in first portions of the surface intended to receive the pattern, without incurring random formation of undesired, disordered features in second portions of the substrate/workpiece surface not intended to receive the pattern, comprising an imprinting surface configured to substantially prevent formation of gaps between the imprinting surface and the second portions of the surface during stamping/imprinting. Embodiments include stampers/imprinters with a multilevel imprinting surface comprises a first portion having a first level for forming the pattern of features in the first portions of the surface and a second portion having a second level for substantially preventing formation of gaps between the imprinting surface and the second portions of the surface during stamping/imprinting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Koichi Wago, Gennady Gauzner, Christopher Joseph Formato
  • Patent number: 6853514
    Abstract: A method for measuring servo pattern irregularity and other servo information of pre-patterned servo media mounted on a spindle with the center of the pre-pattern tracks off center from the axis rotation of the spindle. An actuator is stepped radially while measuring the PES signals from the servo sectors of at least one highly eccentric track to form a cross track profile of the PES signals for each sector. A mathematical algorithm removes step measurement error from the data. A second mathematical algorithm removes non-repeatable random noise from the data. The amount of phase-in that radially aligns the respective cross track profiles is computed. Servo pattern written-in repeatable runout is determined by unwrapping the phase-in values to form a periodic curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Xinwei Li, Koichi Wago, David Shiao-Min Kuo
  • Patent number: 6838227
    Abstract: A system and method for forming servo patterns on magnetic media is disclosed. A magnetic film coated with a layer of polystyrene is stamped with a nickel stamper reproducing the negative image of the stamped pattern on the polystyrene. Ions are then accelerated towards the surface of the polystyrene, which stopps the ions in the areas where the polystyrene is thick and allows the ions to penetrate through to the magnetic layer in the areas where the polystyrene is thin. The ions, which penetrate through to the magnetic layer, interact with the magnetic layer altering the magnetic layer's structure reducing its coercivity (Hc) and remnant moment (Mrt). This reproduces the stamped polystyrene pattern on the magnetic layer. The polystyrene is then removed by oxygen plasma etching the surface leaving behind a patterned magnetic media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: HongYing Wang, Neil Deeman, Koichi Wago, Nobuo Kurataka
  • Publication number: 20040264019
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a patterned data/information storage and retrieval medium in the form of an annular disk having an outer diameter, a central opening defining an inner diameter, and opposed first and second major surfaces, the method comprising inserting a smaller diameter cylindrical shaft of a stamping/imprinting tool in the central opening and biasing the inner diameter of the disk into contact with the cylindrical shaft at a pre-selected location along the inner diameter of said disk during stamping/imprinting of a pre-selected pattern such as a servo pattern in at least one of the first and second major surfaces of the disk, the biasing creating a space between the inner diameter of the disk and the surface of the cylindrical shaft which has a maximum width at a location diametrically opposite said pre-selected location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Donald Everett Curtiss, Koichi Wago
  • Publication number: 20040209185
    Abstract: A method of forming a magnetic transition pattern in a longitudinal magnetic recording medium, comprising steps of:
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Applicant: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Koichi Wago, Shih-Fu Lee, Li-Ping Wang, Joseph Leigh
  • Patent number: 6758664
    Abstract: In a disk replicating assembly, a blank disk is attached to one platen and a stamper is attached to the other platen. Pressure is applied so that the two platens are forced together, thereby transferring features from the stamper to the disk. A ball joint is located between a platen and the pressure train of the replicating assembly. Due to the ball joint at this location, the resulting pressure gradient when the stamper and disk are pressed together causes the one platen to swivel such that it orients itself substantially parallel to the other platen. Because the resistance of the ball joint is selected so that the one platen is able to pivot before the stamper significantly affects the disk, the fine features of the stamper are not transferred to the disk until the platens are in parallel alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Donald Everett Curtiss, Koichi Wago, Joseph Leigh
  • Patent number: 6757116
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a patterned data/information storage and retrieval medium in the form of an annular disk having an outer diameter, a central opening defining an inner diameter, and opposed first and second major surfaces, the method including inserting a smaller diameter cylindrical shaft of a stamping/imprinting tool in the central opening and biasing the inner diameter of the disk into contact with the cylindrical shaft at a pre-selected location along the inner diameter of the disk during stamping/imprinting of a pre-selected pattern such as a servo pattern in at least one of the first and second major surfaces of the disk, the biasing creating a space between the inner diameter of the disk and the surface of the cylindrical shaft which has a maximum width at a location diametrically opposite the pre-selected location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Donald Everett Curtiss, Koichi Wago
  • Patent number: 6617012
    Abstract: A system and method for forming servo patterns on magnetic medium is disclosed. A magnetic film coated with a layer of styrene-acrylonitrile is stamped with a nickel stamper reproducing the negative image of the stamper pattern on the styrene-acrylonitrile. Ions are then accelerated towards the surface of the styrene-acrylonitrile, which stops the ions in the areas where the styrene-acrylonitrile is thick and allows the ions to penetrate through to the magnetic layer in the areas where the styrene-acrylonitrile is thin. The ions, which penetrate through to the magnetic layer, interact with the magnetic layer altering the magnetic layer's structure reducing its coercivity (Hc) and remnant moment (Mrt). This reproduces the stamped styrene-acrylonitrile pattern on the magnetic layer. The styrene-acrylonitrile is then removed by oxygen plasma etching the surface leaving behind a patterned magnetic medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: HongYing Wang, Koichi Wago, Neil Deeman, Nobuo Kurataka