Nonuniform Width Transducing Face Patents (Class 360/125.13)
  • Patent number: 10643644
    Abstract: A write head having a write pole tip. The write pole tip includes a bearing surface and a sidewall extending from the bearing surface to a rear end of the write pole tip. The sidewall has a first shape (e.g., a straight-line sidewall shape) substantially at the bearing surface and a second shape (e.g., a multi-segment sidewall shape or a curved sidewall shape) between the bearing surface and the rear end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Jianhua Xue, Yan Dong, Gregory P. Wakeham, Yong Luo, Wei Tian
  • Patent number: 10229703
    Abstract: A perpendicular magnetic recording writer is disclosed with an all wrap around (AWA) shield design in which a surface of the leading shield that contacts the lead gap is comprised of a notch that is recessed 20 to 120 nm from the air bearing surface (ABS) and has a first side with a down-track dimension of 20-200 nm that is aligned parallel to the ABS. In one embodiment, the notch is aligned below the main pole leading side and has a cross-track width substantially the same as the track width of the main pole trailing side. The notch has two sidewalls formed equidistant from a center plane that bisects the leading shield wherein each sidewall intersects the first side at an angle of 90 to 170 degrees. Accordingly, overwrite and bit error rate are improved while adjacent track interference and tracks per square inch capability are substantially maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Headway Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ying Liu, Yuhui Tang, Jiun-Ting Lee, Yue Liu
  • Patent number: 9997177
    Abstract: A magnetic write apparatus has a media-facing surface (MFS), a pole, a write gap, a top shield and coil(s). The pole includes a yoke and a pole tip. The pole tip includes a bottom, a top wider than the bottom and first and second sides. The pole tip has a height between the top and the bottom. At least part of the top of the pole tip is convex in a cross-track direction between the first and second sides such that the height at the MFS is larger between the first and second sides than at the first and second sides. The height increases in a yoke direction perpendicular to the MFS. The write gap is adjacent to and conformal with the top of the pole at the MFS and is between part of the top shield and the pole. The top shield is concave at the MFS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), LLC
    Inventors: Yu Pan, Yugang Wang, Zhigang Bai, Tao Lin, Peng Zhao
  • Patent number: 9754611
    Abstract: A magnetic write apparatus has a media-facing surface (MFS), a pole having leading and trailing surfaces, a trailing shield having a pole-facing surface, a write gap and coil(s). The pole's trailing surface has a portion adjoining the MFS and oriented at a nonzero, acute bevel angle from a direction perpendicular to the MFS. The pole-facing surface includes a first portion adjoining the MFS and oriented at a first angle substantially the same as the bevel angle, a second portion oriented at a second angle greater than the first trailing shield angle, and a third portion oriented at a third angle substantially the same as the first angle. The write gap has first, second and third thicknesses adjacent to the first, second and third portions of the pole-facing surface, respectively. The first thickness is constant. The second thickness varies. The third thickness is constant and greater than the first thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), LLC
    Inventors: Feng Liu, Zhanjie Li, Zhigang Bai, Yi Wang
  • Patent number: 9697853
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic recording head includes a magnetic pole and a shield. The shield has a first opposing surface opposing the magnetic pole. The first opposing surface includes a first opposing portion. The magnetic pole and the first opposing portion overlap in a first direction from the magnetic pole toward the shield. The first opposing portion includes a first protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masayuki Takagishi, Kenichiro Yamada, Tomoyuki Maeda, Katsuya Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9508372
    Abstract: A method and system provide a shingle magnetic write transducer. The transducer has an air-bearing surface (ABS) and includes a main pole and at least one coil. The coil(s) are configured to energize the main pole. The main pole includes a leading surface, a trailing surface, and a plurality of sides between the leading surface and the trailing surface. At least one of the plurality of sides form a sidewall angle with a down track direction. The sidewall angle is less than thirteen degrees and is at least zero degrees. In some aspects, the sidewall angle is less than a maximum skew angle for the data storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL (FREMONT), LLC
    Inventors: Yu Pan, Lieping Zhong, Yugang Wang, Zhigang Bai, Tao Pan
  • Patent number: 9478236
    Abstract: A main pole of a perpendicular magnetic recording write head is disclosed with a non-rectangular shape at the air bearing surface and a rectangular shape behind the air bearing surface. The main pole transitions from the non-rectangular shape to a rectangular shape at a distance of 10 nm to 100 nm behind the air bearing surface. The main pole includes leading and trailing beveled surfaces that extend from the non-rectangular shape of the pole at the air bearing surface toward the rectangular shape transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), LLC
    Inventors: Feng Liu, Jinqiu Zhang, Zhigang Bai, Yugang Wang
  • Patent number: 9318131
    Abstract: The present application relates to a write gap structure for a magnetic recording head. In illustrated embodiments, the write gap structure includes multiple write gap segments along a beveled pole tip surface between a top edge and a bottom edge of the beveled pole tip surface to provide a narrow write gap proximate to the air bearing surface and a larger write gap behind the air bearing surface. In illustrated embodiments, the narrow write gap segment is formed between the beveled pole tip surface and a lower back surface of front shield and the larger write gap is formed between the beveled pole tip surface and an upper back surface of the front shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Wei Tian, Huaqing Yin, Yan Dong, Joseph M. Mundenar, Jianhua Xue
  • Patent number: 9082432
    Abstract: A thin film magnetic head has a main magnetic pole layer; a first trailing shield that is positioned at the trailing side of the main magnetic pole layer, and that is close to the main magnetic pole layer; and a second trailing shield that is positioned at the trailing side of the first trailing shield, and that continues to the first trailing shield. An end surface of the second trailing shield positioned at the back side in the height direction has a first end side positioned at a medium opposing surface side, and a second end side positioned at the further back side in the height direction than the first end side, and at the trailing side closer than the first end side. An angle formed by a plane including the first end side and the second end side and a plane parallel to both the height direction and the track width direction is 30 degrees to 60 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Matsuura, Atsushi Yamaguchi, Michitaka Nishiyama, Yumiko Yokoyama, Yuki Nishimura, Ittetsu Kitajima
  • Patent number: 9013830
    Abstract: A PMR writer is disclosed that includes a recessed center section in the write pole trailing edge and a center recessed trailing shield to improve the field gradient at track edge. In all embodiments, there is a non-uniform write gap between the trailing edge and the trailing shield. The recessed portion of the write pole trailing edge and/or center recess of the trailing shield has a thickness from 10 to 40 nm in a down-track direction and a width in a cross-track direction of 20 to 200 nm. The distance between the center recess and a corner of the trailing edge is from 20 to 80 nm. A sequence of steps is provided to fabricate the two embodiments of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Headway Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Lijie Guan
  • Patent number: 8970985
    Abstract: A structure and a process for a perpendicular write pole that provides increased magnetic flux at the ABS is disclosed. This is accomplished by increasing the amount of write flux that originates above the write gap, without changing the pole taper at the ABS. Three embodiment of the invention are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Headway Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lijie Guan, Po-Kang Wang, Moris Dovek, Joe Smyth, Kenichi Takano, Yoshitaka Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8908329
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic head manufacturing method includes forming a protective layer on the surfaces of a main magnetic pole layer, a processed spin torque oscillator, and a mask formed on the spin torque oscillator, and further performing ion beam etching on the main magnetic pole layer and the protective layer on the surface of the main magnetic pole layer through the mask such that the protective layer is left behind on the side surfaces of the spin torque oscillator and removed from the surface of the main magnetic pole layer, thereby processing the main magnetic pole layer such that its side surfaces have a shape tapered toward the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Satoshi Shirotori, Katsuhiko Koui, Shinobu Sugimura, Norihito Fujita, Akihiko Takeo
  • Patent number: 8896965
    Abstract: A PMR writer is disclosed that includes at least one of a recessed center section in the write pole trailing edge and a center recessed trailing shield to improve the field gradient at track edge. In all embodiments, there is a non-uniform write gap between the trailing edge and the trailing shield. The recessed portion of the write pole trailing edge and/or center recess of the trailing shield has a thickness from 10 to 40 nm in a down-track direction and a width in a cross-track direction of 20 to 200 nm. The distance between the center recess and a corner of the trailing edge is from 20 to 80 nm. A sequence of steps is provided to fabricate the two embodiments of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Headway Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Lijie Guan
  • Patent number: 8848315
    Abstract: A method for forming a magnetic write pole with a trapezoidal cross-section is described. The method consists of first forming a magnetic seedlayer on a base followed by depositing a removable material layer on the seedlayer, and then a resist layer on the removable material layer. A trench is then formed in the resist, and the resist is heated to cause the cross -sectional profile of the trench to assume a trapezoidal shape. The resist is then capped with another resist layer and further heated to cause the width of the trapezoidal trench to become narrower. The cap layer and removable material layer at the bottom of the trench are then removed and the trench filled with magnetic material by electroplating. The resist and seedlayer external to the trench are finally removed to form a write pole with a trapezoidal cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: XiaoMin Yang, Shuaigang Xiao, Jie Gong, Michael Seigler
  • Patent number: 8824103
    Abstract: The strength of a magnetic field applied from a main pole to an oscillator and the strength of a magnetic field applied from the main pole to a recording medium are improved in a magnetic recording head for microwave assisted recording. In the magnetic recording head according to the present invention, an interval between the main pole and a trailing shield at a place in a position above an air bearing surface is larger than an interval between the main pole and the trailing shield on the air bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Shiimoto, Kenji Sugiura, Mikito Sugiyama, Isao Nunokawa, Yo Sato, Katsuro Watanabe, Kazuhiko Hosomi, Nobuo Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8824101
    Abstract: A data writer may be constructed, in accordance with some embodiments, with a write pole tip that is configured with leading and trailing edges on opposite sides of a tip body. The trailing edge may be shaped by a recess that extends into the tip body towards the leading edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Harry Sam Edelman
  • Patent number: 8804283
    Abstract: A write pole can have a magnetically conductive pole tip has at least one corner. The at least one corner may be chamfered to limit magnetic saturation of the conductive pole tip. The conductive pole tip can have one or more beveled surface that has a chamfered corner which extends a predetermined distance along an edge of the write pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Eric Roger Meloche, Eric Linville, Jianhua Xue, Chris Rea, Huaqing Yin
  • Patent number: 8797680
    Abstract: A perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) transducer is provided. The PRM transducer includes a PMR pole having a top, a bottom, and at least one sidewall, the bottom having a bottom width, the top having a top width bigger than the bottom width. The PRM transducer further includes an intermediate layer adjacent to the at least one sidewall, a write gap on the PMR pole, the write gap including a first layer on the PMR pole, the first layer including a planarization stop layer, and a shield on the write gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), LLC
    Inventors: Guanghong Luo, Liubo Hong, Honglin Zhu, Yun-Fei Li, Yingjian Chen
  • Patent number: 8792207
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a coil, a main pole, and a return path section. The return path section includes a coil surrounding portion located on the front side in the direction of travel of a recording medium relative to the main pole and provided for forming a coil receiving space, and a connecting portion connecting the main pole and the coil surrounding portion to each other. The connecting portion has a contact surface in contact with the main pole. The coil receiving space is a space defined by a first virtual plane intersecting the contact surface and parallel to a medium facing surface, a second virtual plane including the contact surface and perpendicular to the direction of travel of the recording medium, and the coil surrounding portion. The coil includes a portion received in the coil receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignees: Headway Technologies, Inc., SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Shigeki Tanemura, Kazuki Sato, Tatsuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8767347
    Abstract: A main pole has an end face located in a medium facing surface, and first through sixth side surfaces. The first and third side surfaces are connected to the end face of the main pole. The second and fourth side surfaces are located farther from the medium facing surface than are the first and third side surfaces. The fifth side surface connects the first side surface to the second side surface. The sixth side surface connects the third side surface to the fourth side surface. The distance between the first side surface and the third side surface decreases with increasing proximity to the top surface of the substrate. The shape of the first side surface is defined by a first side shield. The shape of the third side surface is defined by a second side shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignees: Headway Technologies, Inc., SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Kazumasa Yasuda, Tatsuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8767344
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a magnetic head includes a main pole having a leading side and a trailing side relative to a downtrack direction, a side gap layer positioned adjacent to the main pole in a crosstrack direction, and a side shield layer positioned adjacent the side gap layer in a crosstrack direction. The downtrack direction is in a direction of medium travel relative to the main pole, the crosstrack direction is perpendicular to the downtrack direction, the side gap layer is characterized by having a groove therein in the downtrack direction having the main pole positioned therein, the side shield is characterized by having a groove formed therein in the downtrack direction having the side gap layer positioned therein, the side gap is non-conformal in shape, and a position of the side shield relative to a position of the main pole is characterized as being self-aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: HGST Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Ishibashi, Kimitoshi Eto, Mikito Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 8760805
    Abstract: A thin-film magnetic head includes a slider substrate and a write element. The slider substrate has an air bearing surface at one side thereof. The write element has a recording magnetic pole film. The recording magnetic pole film is disposed on a plane crossing the air bearing surface over the slider substrate and has a large-width portion and a small-width portion continuously arranged in the named order toward the air bearing surface. The small-width portion has a smaller width than the large-width portion. Of the large-width portion and the small-width portion, at least the small-width portion has a first portion and a second portion. The second portion is continuous with an upper end of the first portion and has both side faces inclined in such a direction as to increase the width. An external angle of the first portion formed by a plane parallel to a bottom face and the side face is larger than an external angle of the second portion formed by a plane parallel to the bottom face and the side face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Hisayoshi Watanabe, Hitoshi Hatate, Hideyuki Yatsu, Koichi Otani
  • Patent number: 8749919
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a shield, and first and second return path sections. The shield has an end face that is located in a medium facing surface to wrap around an end face of a main pole. The shield includes a bottom shield, two side shields, and a top shield. The first return path section is magnetically connected to the bottom shield and is greater than the bottom shield in length in a direction perpendicular to the medium facing surface. The second return path section magnetically couples the top shield and the main pole to each other. The coil includes a first portion that passes through a space defined by the main pole and the first return path section, and a second portion that passes through a space defined by the main pole and the second return path section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignees: Headway Technologies, Inc., SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Atsushi Iijima
  • Patent number: 8717709
    Abstract: A wafer comprises a transducer having an air-bearing surface (ABS) and including a magnetic structure characterized by a desired thickness, and having a bevel and a flare point a first distance from the ABS. The wafer further comprises a first electronic lapping guide (ELG), a second ELG, and a third ELG. The first ELG has a first edge a first distance from the ABS and a second edge a second distance from the ABS. The second ELG has a third edge a third distance from the ABS and a fourth edge the second distance from the ABS. The third ELG has a fifth edge a fourth distance from the ABS and a sixth edge the second distance from the ABS. At least one of the first distance and the second distance, at least one of the third distance and the second distance, and at least one of the fourth distance and the second distance correspond to an intersection between the bevel and the desired thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), LLC
    Inventors: Changqing Shi, Ming Jiang
  • Patent number: 8705205
    Abstract: A magnetic transducer having an air-bearing surface (ABS) is described. The magnetic transducer includes a pole and at least one coil for energizing the pole. The pole has a pole tip proximate to the ABS, a yoke distal from the ABS, and a bottom surface including a bottom bevel. At least the yoke includes at least one sidewall having a first angle and a second angle. The first angle is between the bottom surface and the at least one sidewall. The second angle is a constant distance along the at least one sidewall from the first angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), LLC
    Inventors: Yunfei Li, Lijie Guan, Ying Hong, Zhigang Bai, Jinqiu Zhang, Yugang Wang, Feng Liu, Tao Pan
  • Patent number: 8699183
    Abstract: A first trench sidewall has a continuous first taper angle that terminates at a first plane. At least one layer may be deposited that forms a second trench sidewall with a continuous second taper angle that extends a predetermined depth past the first plane and is less than the first taper angle. A write pole may then be formed on the second trench sidewall with the write pole being closer to the first trench sidewall at the predetermined depth than at the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Sarbeswar Sahoo, Michael Christopher Kautzky, Hui Tao Brickner, David Christopher Seets, Mark T. Kief
  • Patent number: 8625234
    Abstract: A structure and a process for a perpendicular write pole that provides increased magnetic flux at the ABS is disclosed. This is accomplished by increasing the amount of write flux that originates above the write gap, without changing the pole taper at the ABS. Three embodiment of the invention are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Headway Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lijie Guan, Po-Kang Wang, Moris Dovek, Joe Smyth, Kenichi Takano, Yoshitaka Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8587899
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a coil, a main pole, a write shield, and a return path section. The write shield includes a bottom shield located on the rear side in the direction of travel of a recording medium relative to the main pole. The return path section is located on the rear side in the direction of travel of the recording medium relative to the main pole and connects the bottom shield and part of the main pole away from a medium facing surface so as to define a space through which part of the coil passes. The return path section is not exposed in the medium facing surface. The bottom shield includes a base part, and a protruding part protruding from the base part toward the main pole. The base part is greater than the protruding part in length in a direction perpendicular to the medium facing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignees: Headway Technologies, Inc., SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Hironori Araki, Shigeki Tanemura, Tatsuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8578594
    Abstract: A process for fabricating a magnetic recording transducer for use in a data storage system comprises providing a substrate, an underlayer and a first nonmagnetic intermediate layer deposited to a first thickness on and in contact with the underlayer, performing a first scanning polishing on a first section of the first intermediate layer to planarize the first section of the first intermediate layer to a second thickness, providing a main pole in the planarized first section of the first intermediate layer, providing a first pattern of photoresist on and in contact with the first section of the first intermediate layer, the pattern comprising an aperture to define a side shield trench, performing a wet etch to remove at least a portion of the first intermediate layer thereby exposing at least one of the plurality of main pole sides, and depositing side shield material in the side shield trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), LLC
    Inventors: Ming Jiang, Ronghui Zhou, Guanghong Luo, Masahiro Osugi, Danning Yang
  • Patent number: 8547660
    Abstract: A magnetic write head having a tapered trailing edge and having a magnetic layer formed over a trailing edge of the write pole at a location recessed from the ABS, the magnetic layer being separated from the trailing edge of the write pole by a thin non-magnetic layer. The thin non-magnetic layer is preferably sufficiently thin that the magnetic layer can function as a portion of the write pole in a region removed from the ABS. A trailing magnetic shield is formed over the write pole and is separated from the write pole by a non-magnetic trailing gap layer. A non-magnetic spacer layer can be formed over the magnetic layer to provide additional separation between the magnetic layer and the trailing magnetic shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: HGST Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Donald G. Allen, Amanda Baer, Yingjian Chen, Andrew Chiu, Liubo Hong, Wen-Chien D. Hsiao, Edward H. P. Lee, Fenglin Liu, Aron Pentek, Katalin Pentek, Kyusik Shin, Yi Zheng, Qiping Zhong, Honglin Zhu
  • Patent number: 8520337
    Abstract: A perpendicular magnetic recording transducer with leading and trailing bevel side wall angles at air bearing surface for use in a data storage device is provided. The transducer includes a magnetic writer pole having a pole tip facing an air bearing surface (ABS). The pole tip includes a pole tip face having a leading edge, a trailing edge, a first side wall, and a second side wall. The first side wall includes a first side wall section adjoining the leading edge and a second side wall section adjoining the trailing edge. The first side wall section is at a first angle measured from a perpendicular center line dividing the trailing edge. The second side wall section is at a second angle measured from a perpendicular center line dividing the trailing edge. The second angle is greater than three degrees. The first angle is greater than the second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), LLC
    Inventors: Feng Liu, Zhigang Bai, Yugang Wang, Jinqiu Zhang, Ying Hong, Tao Pan
  • Patent number: 8498080
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a main pole, a write shield, a return path section, a heater that generates heat for making part of a medium facing surface protrude, and a sensor that detects contact of the part of the medium facing surface with a recording medium. The return path section includes: a yoke layer located backward of the main pole along the direction of travel of the recording medium; a first coupling part coupling the yoke layer and the write shield to each other; and a second coupling part located away from the medium facing surface and coupling the yoke layer and the main pole to each other. The first coupling part has an end face facing toward the yoke layer. This end face includes a middle portion spaced from the yoke layer and facing the yoke layer, and two side portions located on opposite sides of the middle portion in a track width direction and in contact with the yoke layer. The sensor is located between the middle portion and the yoke layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignees: Headway Technologies, Inc., SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Atsushi Iijima
  • Patent number: 8493687
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a shield, and first and second return path sections. The shield has an end face that is located in a medium facing surface to wrap around an end face of a main pole. The shield includes a bottom shield, two side shields, and a top shield. The first return path section includes a yoke layer, and first and second coupling layers that magnetically couple the bottom shield and the yoke layer to each other. The first coupling layer is magnetically connected to the bottom shield. The second coupling layer magnetically couples the first coupling layer to the yoke layer. No end faces of the second coupling layer are exposed in the medium facing surface. The second return path section magnetically couples the top shield and the main pole to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignees: Headway Technologies, Inc., SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Atsushi Iijima
  • Patent number: 8477452
    Abstract: A bottom end of a main pole includes first, second, and third portions that are contiguously arranged in order of increasing distance from the medium facing surface. A top surface of the main pole includes fourth, fifth, and sixth portions that are contiguously arranged in order of increasing distance from the medium facing surface. A distance from the top surface of the substrate to any given point on each of the first and second portions decreases with increasing distance from the given point to the medium facing surface. The second portion has an angle of inclination greater than that of the first portion with respect to a direction perpendicular to the medium facing surface. A distance from the top surface of the substrate to any given point on each of the fourth and fifth portions increases with increasing distance from the given point to the medium facing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignees: Headway Technologies, Inc., SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Shigeki Tanemura, Hironori Araki, Atsushi Iijima
  • Patent number: 8472137
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a magnetic head, a manufacturing method therefor, a head assembly, and a magnetic recording/reproducing apparatus. According to the present invention, it includes a magnetic pole layer, a non-magnetic layer, a trailing gap layer, and a trailing shield layer. The magnetic pole layer has a pole tip exposed on a magnetic medium-facing surface. The non-magnetic layer is laid on the magnetic pole layer. The trailing shield layer is exposed on the magnetic medium-facing surface and laid over the magnetic pole layer and the non-magnetic layer with the trailing gap layer between. The magnetic pole layer and the non-magnetic layer have a continuous tapered face opposed to a lower side of the trailing shield layer. Moreover, the tapered face extends from a trailing edge of the pole tip at a constant inclination angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Kei Hirata, Kenkichi Anagawa, Michitaka Nishiyama, Hideyuki Yatsu, Shin Narushima, Hisayoshi Watanabe, Tatsuhiro Nojima
  • Patent number: 8451560
    Abstract: Methods for fabrication of tapered magnetic poles with a non-magnetic front bump layer. A magnetic pole may have a tapered surface at or near an air bearing surface (ABS), wherein a thickness of the write pole increases in a direction away from the ABS. A non-magnetic front bump layer may be formed on the tapered surface of the magnetic pole and away from the ABS. The front bump layer may increase the separation distance between a shield layer and the magnetic pole near the tapered surface, thereby improving the performance of the write head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: HGST Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Liubo Hong, Aron Pentek, Yi Zheng
  • Patent number: 8441757
    Abstract: A magnetic write head having a write pole with a tapered trailing edge. The write head has a non-magnetic step layer and a non-magnetic bump formed on the front edge of the magnetic step layer. A non-magnetic trailing gap layer is formed over the tapered trailing edge of the write pole and over the non-magnetic bump and over the non-magnetic step layer. A magnetic trailing shield is formed over at least a portion of the non-magnetic gap layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: HGST Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Yingjian Chen, Liubo Hong, Yimin Hsu, Edward Hin Pong Lee, Katalin Pentek
  • Patent number: 8427781
    Abstract: A magnetic head with a main pole is provided. The main pole has a bottom end including an inclined portion. A write shield has a first inclined surface opposed to the inclined portion and a second inclined surface that is located farther from a medium facing surface than is the first inclined surface. The first inclined surface has a first end located in the medium facing surface and a second end opposite thereto. The second inclined surface has a third end connected to the second end and a fourth end opposite thereto. The second inclined surface forms a greater angle than does the first inclined surface relative to a direction perpendicular to the medium facing surface. The distance between the main pole and an arbitrary point on the second inclined surface increases with decreasing distance between the arbitrary point and the fourth end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignees: Headway Technologies, Inc., SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Hironori Araki, Shigeki Tanemura, Tatsuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8413317
    Abstract: A method and system for fabricating a microelectric device are described. A write pole of an energy assisted magnetic recording head or a capacitor might be fabricated. The method includes depositing a resist film and curing the resist film at a temperature of at least 180 degrees centigrade. A cured resist film capable of supporting a line having an aspect ratio of at least ten is thus provided. A portion of the cured resist film is removed. A remaining portion of the resist film forms the line. An insulating or nonmagnetic layer is deposited after formation of the line. The line is removed to provide a trench in the insulating or nonmagnetic layer. The trench has a height and a width. The height divided by the width corresponds to the aspect ratio. At least part of the structure is provided in the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), LLC
    Inventors: Dujiang Wan, Hai Sun, Ge Yi, Wei Gao, Hong Zhang, Guanghong Luo, Yunjun Tang, Tiffany Yun Wen Jiang, Zhigang Zhou, Wencheng Su
  • Patent number: 8400731
    Abstract: A magnetic recording head comprises a write pole including a throat region with a leading edge, a trailing edge opposite the leading edge, and first and second side edges opposite one another. The magnetic recording head further comprises a first side wall gap layer disposed alongside the first side edge of the throat region, and a second side wall gap layer disposed alongside the second side edge of the throat region. Each of the first and second side wall gap layers has a first width at the leading edge of the throat region smaller than a second width at the trailing edge of the throat region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), LLC
    Inventors: Shaoping Li, Ge Yi, Feng Liu
  • Patent number: 8351156
    Abstract: A perpendicular magnetic recording head according to one embodiment includes a main pole; first magnetic films arranged on both sides of the main pole in a track width direction via nonmagnetic films; and a second magnetic film arranged on a trailing side of the main pole via a nonmagnetic film; wherein the depths of the first magnetic films from an air bearing surface are smaller than the depth of the second magnetic film from the air bearing surface at least at a periphery of the main pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Kazue Kudo, Hiromi Shiina, Yohji Maruyama, Tetsuya Okai, Gen Oikawa, Shouji Tokutake
  • Patent number: 8339737
    Abstract: A perpendicular magnetic write head capable of suppressing damage and corrosion of a magnetic pole to secure a stable writing performance is provided. A non-magnetic protruding layer protruding from a main magnetic pole layer (tip portion) toward an air bearing surface side is formed on both sides of the tip portion in a writing track width direction. The non-magnetic protruding layer is located closer to a recording medium than the tip portion during writing operation, and is more likely to be in contact with the writing medium instead of the tip portion. Since the protective film portion covering the tip portion hardly peels off (e.g., compared to the protective film portion covering the non-magnetic protruding layer), the tip portion is hardly damaged or corroded. Since the tip portion is protected physically and chemically by the non-magnetic protruding layer, deterioration of the soft magnetic characteristics of the tip portion is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Mino, Naoto Matono, Ikuhito Onodera, Kazushi Nishiyama, Michitoshi Tsuchiya, Kenji Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8310786
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a writer for shingled recording which includes a write pole having a trailing edge and first and second side edges extending from the trailing edge. The writer further includes a shield extending along and about parallel to only a portion of the trailing edge or only a portion of the first side edge, and the shield does not extend along the second side edge. In addition, an angle formed between the first side edge and the trailing edge along an air bearing surface side of the writer is different than an angle formed between the second side edge and the trailing edge along the air bearing surface side of the writer. Other systems are also presented which include advanced shingled writing head designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Anton R. de la Fuente, Masafumi Mochizuki, James T. Olson, Roger W. Wood
  • Patent number: 8289649
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a main magnetic pole, a shield having an end face located in a medium facing surface to wrap around an end face of the main magnetic pole, and a gap part provided between the main magnetic pole and the shield. The shield includes a bottom shield, two side shields, and a top shield. The gap part includes first and second gap layers. In a manufacturing method of the magnetic head, a mold is formed on the top surface of the bottom shield, the mold having a shape determined by photolithography and being intended to be removed later. Next, the two side shields are formed on the top surface of the bottom shield by performing plating without forming a seed layer. Next, the mold is removed and then the first gap layer, the main magnetic pole, the second gap layer, and the top shield are formed in succession.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Headway Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Kazuki Sato, Hiroyuki Ito, Takehiro Horinaka, Kazumasa Yasuda
  • Patent number: 8274759
    Abstract: A main pole has a top surface including a first portion and a second portion. The main pole has a bottom end including a third portion and a fourth portion. Each of the first and third portions has a first end located in a medium facing surface. The first portion is inclined relative to the medium facing surface and a first virtual plane that passes through the first end and is perpendicular to the medium facing surface and to the direction of travel of a recording medium. The third portion is inclined relative to the medium facing surface and a second virtual plane that passes through the first end and is perpendicular to the medium facing surface and to the direction of travel of the recording medium. The first portion is smaller than the third portion in length in a direction perpendicular to the medium facing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignees: Headway Technologies, Inc., Sae Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Shigeki Tanemura, Hironori Araki, Atsushi Iijima
  • Patent number: 8270109
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a magnetic head slider includes a write head having a single magnetic pole, the single magnetic pole having a main magnetic pole piece that extends to a medium opposing surface facing a magnetic disk. The main magnetic pole piece generates a recording magnetic field from a medium opposing surface side end face thereof being divided into an injection region and a non-injection region. Impurities which deteriorate magnetic properties are present in a higher concentration in the injection region relative to a concentration of the impurities in the non-injection region due to injection of the impurities in the injection region. The non-injection region has a narrower width at a leading end of the medium opposing surface side end face than at a trailing end of the medium opposing surface side end face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Takayoshi Ohtsu
  • Patent number: 8259413
    Abstract: A system according to one embodiment includes a write pole having an end region positioned towards an air bearing surface, a first flare point, and a second flare point positioned between the air bearing surface and the first flare point; and a shield positioned above the write pole, wherein a cross sectional area of the write pole at a point between the first and second flare points along a plane passing through the write pole and oriented about parallel to the air bearing surface is greater than a cross sectional area of the end region of the write pole along a plane oriented parallel to the plane passing through the second flare point. Additional systems and methods are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Christian René Bonhôte, Quang Le, Jeffrey S. Lille, Vladimir Nikitin, Aron Pentek
  • Patent number: 8259411
    Abstract: A method for forming a magnetic write pole with a trapezoidal cross-section is described. The method consists of first forming a magnetic seedlayer on a base followed by depositing a removable material layer on the seedlayer, and then a resist layer on the removable material layer. A trench is then formed in the resist, and the resist is heated to cause the cross-sectional profile of the trench to assume a trapezoidal shape. The resist is then capped with another resist layer and further heated to cause the width of the trapezoidal trench to become narrower. The cap layer and removable material layer at the bottom of the trench are then removed and the trench filled with magnetic material by electroplating. The resist and seedlayer external to the trench are finally removed to form a write pole with a trapezoidal cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: XiaoMin Yang, Shuaigang Xiao, Jie Gong, Michael Seigler
  • Patent number: 8254060
    Abstract: A magnetic recording head includes a write pole comprising a throat region. The throat region includes a lower portion having a substantially trapezoidal cross-section, and an upper portion having a substantially rectangular cross-section. In a beveled region of the write pole, the substantially rectangular cross-section of the upper portion decreases in height towards an air bearing surface of the magnetic recording head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), LLC
    Inventors: Changqing Shi, Ming Jiang
  • Patent number: 8248728
    Abstract: A magnetic pole of a magnetic head includes a narrow and a wide portion, and is formed of a plating film. An electrode film forms the plating film, and is provided only under at least a part of the wide portion. A manufacturing method for the magnetic head includes: forming a plating-film-accommodating layer with an accommodating groove; forming the electrode film in part of the accommodating groove; and forming the plating film in the accommodating groove by plating using the electrode film. The accommodating groove includes a narrow and a wide groove portion for accommodating the narrow and wide portions, respectively. The electrode film is provided only in at least a part of the wide groove portion. In the step of forming the plating film, the plating film grows from the surface of the electrode film, and the narrow groove portion is filled with a part of the plating film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamaguchi, Masaya Kato, Koichi Otani, Wakako Okawa