Patents by Inventor Yunfei Ding

Yunfei Ding 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: 11049514
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a magnetic media drive employing a magnetic recording head. The head includes a main pole at a media facing surface (MFS), a trailing shield at the MFS, and a MAMR stack disposed between the main pole and the trailing shield at the MFS. The MAMR stack includes a seed layer and at least one magnetic layer. The seed layer is fabricated from a thermally conductive material having electrical resistivity lower than that of the main pole. The seed layer has a stripe height greater than a stripe height of the at least one magnetic layer. With the extended seed layer, the bias current from the trailing shield to the main pole spreads further away from the MFS along the extended seed layer before flowing into the main pole, reducing temperature rise at or near the MAMR stack, leading to improved write head reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kuok San Ho, Yunfei Ding, Zhigang Bai, Yaguang Wei, Terence Lam, Goncalo Marcos Baião De Albuquerque, Xinjiang Shen, Feng Q. Liu
  • Patent number: 10957346
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are magnetic recording devices and methods of using them. A magnetic recording device comprises a main pole extending to an air-bearing surface (ABS), a trailing shield extending to the ABS, a write-field-enhancing structure disposed between and coupled to the main pole and the trailing shield at the ABS, a write coil configured to magnetize the main pole, a write current control circuit coupled to the write coil and configured to apply a write current to the write coil, wherein the write current comprises a write pulse, and a bias current control circuit coupled to the write-field-enhancing structure and configured to apply a bias current to the write-field-enhancing structure, wherein the bias current comprises a driving pulse offset in time from the write pulse by a delay, wherein the delay substantially coincides with an expected magnetization switch-time lag of a free layer of the write-field-enhancing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gonçalo Marcos Baião De Albuquerque, Yunfei Ding, Alexander Goncharov, Kuok San Ho, Daniele Mauri, Goran Mihajlovic, Suping Song, Petrus Antonius Van Der Heijden
  • 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: 20200349967
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are magnetic recording devices and methods of using them. A magnetic recording device comprises a main pole extending to an air-bearing surface (ABS), a trailing shield extending to the ABS, a write-field-enhancing structure disposed between and coupled to the main pole and the trailing shield at the ABS, a write coil configured to magnetize the main pole, a write current control circuit coupled to the write coil and configured to apply a write current to the write coil, wherein the write current comprises a write pulse, and a bias current control circuit coupled to the write-field-enhancing structure and configured to apply a bias current to the write-field-enhancing structure, wherein the bias current comprises a driving pulse offset in time from the write pulse by a delay, wherein the delay substantially coincides with an expected magnetization switch-time lag of a free layer of the write-field-enhancing structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gonçalo Marcos Baião DE ALBUQUERQUE, Yunfei DING, Alexander GONCHAROV, Kuok San HO, Daniele MAURI, Goran MIHAJLOVIC, Suping SONG, Petrus Antonius VAN DER HEIJDEN
  • Publication number: 20200349968
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a magnetic media drive employing a magnetic recording head. The head includes a main pole at a media facing surface (MFS), a trailing shield at the MFS, and a MAMR stack disposed between the main pole and the trailing shield at the MFS. The MAMR stack includes a seed layer and at least one magnetic layer. The seed layer is fabricated from a thermally conductive material having electrical resistivity lower than that of the main pole. The seed layer has a stripe height greater than a stripe height of the at least one magnetic layer. With the extended seed layer, the bias current from the trailing shield to the main pole spreads further away from the MFS along the extended seed layer before flowing into the main pole, reducing temperature rise at or near the MAMR stack, leading to improved write head reliability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Kuok San HO, Yunfei DING, Zhigang BAI, Yaguang WEI, Terence LAM, Goncalo Marcos BAIÃO DE ALBUQUERQUE, Xinjiang SHEN, Feng Q. LIU
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10825474
    Abstract: A data storage device is disclosed comprising a first head actuated over a first disk surface, the first head comprising a plurality of elements including a first element. During a first write operation of the first head, a first bias signal having a first polarity is applied to the first element, and a write interval of the first write operation is measured. During a non-write mode of the first head, a second bias signal having a second polarity opposite the first polarity is applied to the first element during a reverse bias interval that is based on the write interval of the first write operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Joey M. Poss, Ian Robson McFadyen, Jih-shiuan Luo, Yunfei Ding
  • Patent number: 10741202
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a magnetic media drive employing a magnetic recording head. The head includes a main pole at a media facing surface (MFS), a trailing shield at the MFS, and a MAMR stack disposed between the main pole and the trailing shield at the MFS. The MAMR stack includes a seed layer and at least one magnetic layer. The seed layer is fabricated from a thermally conductive material having electrical resistivity lower than that of the main pole. The seed layer has a stripe height greater than a stripe height of the at least one magnetic layer. With the extended seed layer, the bias current from the trailing shield to the main pole spreads further away from the MFS along the extended seed layer before flowing into the main pole, reducing temperature rise at or near the MAMR stack, leading to improved write head reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kuok San Ho, Yunfei Ding, Zhigang Bai, Yaguang Wei, Terence Lam, Goncalo Baiao de Albuquerque, Xinjiang Shen, Feng Q. Liu
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20200168247
    Abstract: A data storage device is disclosed comprising a first head actuated over a first disk surface, the first head comprising a plurality of elements including a first element. During a first write operation of the first head, a first bias signal having a first polarity is applied to the first element, and a write interval of the first write operation is measured. During a non-write mode of the first head, a second bias signal having a second polarity opposite the first polarity is applied to the first element during a reverse bias interval that is based on the write interval of the first write operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Joey M. POSS, Ian Robson MCFADYEN, Jih-shiuan LUO, Yunfei DING
  • Patent number: 10643642
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a main pole, a trailing shield, a write-field-enhancing structure, a write coil, a write current control circuit configured to supply a write current to the write coil to record a bit to a magnetic medium, and a driving current control circuit configured to supply a driving current to the write-field-enhancing structure, wherein the driving current comprises a driving pulse, and wherein the driving current comprises an AC component with a duty cycle selected based at least in part on a power constraint. A method of writing to a magnetic medium comprises supplying a write current to a write coil of a magnetic write head, and supplying a driving current to a free layer disposed in a write gap between a main pole and a trailing shield, wherein the driving current comprises an AC component with a duty cycle based at least in part on a power constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gonçalo Marcos Baião De Albuquerque, Yunfei Ding, Alexander Goncharov, Kuok San Ho, Daniele Mauri, Goran Mihajlovic, Suping Song, Petrus Antonius Van Der Heijden
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10566018
    Abstract: A data storage device is disclosed comprising a first head actuated over a first disk surface, the first head comprising a plurality of elements including a first element. During a first write operation of the first head, a first bias signal having a first polarity is applied to the first element, and a write interval of the first write operation is measured. During a non-write mode of the first head, a second bias signal having a second polarity opposite the first polarity is applied to the first element during a reverse bias interval that is based on the write interval of the first write operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Joey M. Poss, Ian R. McFadyen, Jih-Shiuan Luo, Yunfei Ding
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20190325902
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a main pole, a trailing shield, a write-field-enhancing structure, a write coil, a write current control circuit configured to supply a write current to the write coil to record a bit to a magnetic medium, and a driving current control circuit configured to supply a driving current to the write-field-enhancing structure, wherein the driving current comprises a driving pulse, and wherein the driving current comprises an AC component with a duty cycle selected based at least in part on a power constraint. A method of writing to a magnetic medium comprises supplying a write current to a write coil of a magnetic write head, and supplying a driving current to a free layer disposed in a write gap between a main pole and a trailing shield, wherein the driving current comprises an AC component with a duty cycle based at least in part on a power constraint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gonçalo Marcos Baião DE ALBUQUERQUE, Yunfei DING, Alexander GONCHAROV, Kuok San HO, Daniele MAURI, Goran MIHAJLOVIC, Suping SONG, Petrus Antonius VAN DER HEIJDEN
  • Publication number: 20190295580
    Abstract: A data storage device is disclosed comprising a first head actuated over a first disk surface, the first head comprising a plurality of elements including a first element. During a first write operation of the first head, a first bias signal having a first polarity is applied to the first element, and a write interval of the first write operation is measured. During a non-write mode of the first head, a second bias signal having a second polarity opposite the first polarity is applied to the first element during a reverse bias interval that is based on the write interval of the first write operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Joey M. POSS, Ian R. MCFADYEN, Jih-Shiuan LUO, Yunfei DING
  • 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: 10388305
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses and methods for writing to a magnetic medium, and data storage devices comprising such apparatuses and methods. An apparatus comprises a main pole, a trailing shield, a write-field-enhancing structure, a write coil, a write current control circuit configured to supply a write current to the write coil to record a bit to a magnetic medium, and a driving current control circuit configured to supply a driving current to the write-field-enhancing structure, wherein the driving current comprises a driving pulse. A method of writing to a magnetic medium comprises supplying a write current to a write coil of a magnetic write head, and supplying a driving current to a free layer disposed in a write gap between a main pole and a trailing shield of the magnetic write head, wherein the driving current comprises an AC component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gonçalo Marcos Baião De Albuquerque, Yunfei Ding, Alexander Goncharov, Kuok San Ho, Daniele Mauri, Goran Mihajlovic, Suping Song, Petrus Antonius Van Der Heijden