Controlling The Head Patents (Class 360/75)
  • Patent number: 11074936
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic disk device includes a magnetic disk, a magnetic head including a read head to read data from the magnetic disk and a write head to write data to the magnetic disk, and a controller configured to control read/write from/to the magnetic disk by the magnetic head. The magnetic head includes a thermal actuator configured to project a head surface of the magnetic head to a recording surface of the magnetic disk, and a detector configured to detect a gap between the head surface and the recording surface of the magnetic disk. The controller controls a degree of projection of the magnetic head to the recording surface by the thermal actuator corresponding to the gap detected by the detector during the read/write.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Watanabe, Takao Furuhashi, Akihiro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 11062730
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method for evaluating a magnetic head is disclosed. The method can include measuring an electrical characteristic of a current path when an alternating-current magnetic field is applied to the magnetic head. The magnetic head includes the current path. The current path includes an oscillator. The method can include, based on the electrical characteristic, deriving a frequency value relating to an oscillation frequency of the oscillator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Suto, Naoyuki Narita, Tazumi Nagasawa, Masayuki Takagishi, Tomoyuki Maeda
  • Patent number: 10998858
    Abstract: A power supply circuit comprises a power conversion circuit, a voltage selection circuit, and a voltage regulator. The voltage regulator coupled to the voltage selection circuit and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and the voltage regulator is configured to provide supply power to the DAC; the power conversion circuit is coupled to a first power supply and a power amplifier (PA), and the power conversion circuit is configured to convert, based on output power of the PA, a voltage of the first power supply into an output voltage that supply power to the PA; and the voltage selection circuit is coupled to a second power supply, the power conversion circuit and the voltage regulator, and the voltage selection circuit is configured to select the second power supply or the power conversion circuit to supply power to the voltage regulator based on an output voltage of the power conversion circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10990304
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in various aspects, describes technologies and techniques for use by a data storage device that includes a controller of a non-volatile memory (NVM). In one example, the controller applies a default storage format to a storage region of the NVM, the default storage format configuring the storage region as a number of distinct storage regions logically arranged along a horizontal dimension and a vertical dimension. The controller modifies the default storage format using a combination of horizontal dimension scaling and vertical dimension scaling based on a performance capability of the storage region to obtain a modified storage format. The controller applies the modified storage format to the storage region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Rodney Brittner, Xiaoheng Chen, Mark Joseph Dancho
  • Patent number: 10983585
    Abstract: The present invention relates to platform power management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ren Wang, Christian Maciocco, Sanjay Bakshi, Tsung-Yuan Charles Tai
  • Patent number: 10984826
    Abstract: A magnetic disk device includes a magnetic disk, a first read element, a second read element, and a controller. In the magnetic disk, first servo information is written. The controller controls the servo writing of second servo information on the magnetic disk, based on the first servo information. In addition, the controller controls acquisition of the first servo information by the first read element. The controller switches a read element to be used to control the servo writing from the first read element to the second read element based on quality of the first servo information acquired by the first read element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tani, Hiroyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10974455
    Abstract: A 3D printer is provided herein. In some embodiments, a 3D printer includes an ink tank for storing ink comprising a magnetic body, an injection nozzle which is linked to the ink tank and is adapted to inject ink, a substrate on which the injected ink is deposited, a heating unit so as to heat the ink coated onto the substrate by means of induction heating, and which is positioned behind the injection nozzle such that injection of ink occurs prior to induction heating of the ink; a carriage unit for changing the positions of the injection nozzle and the heating unit relative to the substrate: and a control unit for controlling the heating unit and the carriage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Jin Kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 10976361
    Abstract: An automated test equipment (ATE) apparatus comprises a computer system comprising a system controller, wherein the system controller is communicatively coupled to a tester processor and an FPGA. The tester processor is operable to generate commands and data from instructions received from the system controller for coordinating testing of a device under test (DUT), wherein the DUT supports a plurality of non-standard sector sizes and a plurality of protection modes. The FPGA is communicatively coupled to the tester processor, wherein the FPGA comprises at least one hardware accelerator circuit operable to internally generate commands and data transparently from the tester processor for testing the DUT, and wherein the at least one hardware accelerator circuit is able to perform computations to calculate protection information associated with the plurality of protection modes and to generate repeatable test patterns sized to fit each of the plurality of non-standard sector sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Advantest Corporation
    Inventors: Srdjan Malisic, Michael Jones, Chi Yuan
  • Patent number: 10971184
    Abstract: A storage system can include a first tape storage drive (TSD), a second TSD, and a printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) where the first and second TSD are coupled back-to-back, with the PCBA between the two. The first TSD can include a first enclosure, a first head assembly, a first actuator, and a first connector. The second TSD can include a second enclosure, a second head assembly, a second actuator, and a second connector. The PCBA can include a first side having a first mating connector configured to connect to the first connector for the first TSD, a second side opposite the first side, the second side having a second mating connector configured to connect to the second connector for the second TSD, and a controller configured to control activation of the first actuator of the first TSD and the second actuator of the second TSD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Chew
  • Patent number: 10967474
    Abstract: Provided is a servo controller that can prevent an unnecessary cut from being generated in a workpiece during oscillation machining. A servo controller 20 includes: an oscillation command generating unit 23 that generates an oscillation command for causing a workpiece W and a tool 11 to relatively oscillate; a position deviation estimating unit 31 that estimates an estimated position deviation from a moving command for causing the workpiece W and the tool 11 to relatively move; an adder that applies the oscillation command to a position deviation based on the moving command; a subtractor that deducts the estimated position deviation from a position deviation to which the oscillation command is applied; and a learning control unit that calculates a compensation amount from a position deviation based on the moving command after deducting the estimated position deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryou Morihashi, Kenta Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10957362
    Abstract: Implementation of a non-interfering micro-positioning device, for a tape drive write/read head module assembly utilizing piezoelectric elements, by generating at least two flexure brackets. The at least two flexure brackets may include the piezoelectric elements. Affixing at least one flexure bracket to a first side of the write/read head module assembly. Affixing at least one other flexure bracket to a second side of the write/read head module assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: David Harper
  • Patent number: 10923156
    Abstract: A system is provided to receive a first request to write data to an HDD which comprises a plurality of platters with corresponding heads, wherein a respective platter includes a plurality of tracks. The system aligns the heads at a same first position on a first track of each platter, and distributes the data as a plurality of data sectors to track sectors located at the same first position on the first track of each platter. The system then receives a second request to read the data from the HDD, and aligns the heads at a same random position on the first track of each platter. Subsequently, the system reads, during a single rotation of the platters, all data stored on the first track of each platter, stores the read data in a data buffer, and reshuffles the read data in the data buffer to obtain the requested data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Shu Li
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10878844
    Abstract: A data storage device is disclosed comprising a head actuated over a disk, wherein the head comprises a fly height actuator (FHA) configured to adjust a fly height of the head over the disk. A temperature of the data storage device is measured, and the FHA is controlled as a function of the measured temperature. A first quality metric of the data storage device is measured, and when the first quality metric falls below a threshold, the FHA control as a function of the measured temperature is disabled and the FHA is controlled to decrease the fly height of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chun Sei Tsai, Thao Hieu Banh, Steven L. Webb
  • Patent number: 10847180
    Abstract: A method including obtaining a target actuation efficiency slope that is a linear function of temperature when a fixed active clearance is maintained between a transducing head and an adjacent storage surface in a sealed storage device. The target efficiency slope is obtained at least in part by a temperature dependence calibration of actuation efficiency. An operating temperature of the storage device is measure. Power to a clearance adjustment mechanism is adjusted to achieve the target actuation efficiency slope at the measured operating temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventor: Richard Edward Martin
  • Patent number: 10839845
    Abstract: Magnetic sensors with effectively shaped side shields and their fabrication processes are provided. One such process includes depositing sensor materials on a substrate, shaping the sensor materials to form a stripe height of the magnetic sensor, shaping the sensor materials to form a track width of the magnetic sensor, depositing side shield materials on the shaped sensor materials, shaping the side shield materials such that a resulting side shield extends further than the stripe height, depositing an insulator layer on the shaped side shield materials, and shaping the insulator layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Quang Le, Yongchul Ahn, Xiaoyong Liu, Jui-Lung Li, Hongquan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10825473
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic disk device includes a magnetic disk, a recording head and a controller. The recording head includes a high-frequency oscillator disposed in a write gap between a main magnetic pole and a return magnetic pole and configured to oscillate in accordance with a bias voltage, and a bias voltage supply circuit configured to supply the bias voltage to the high-frequency oscillator. The controller includes a bias voltage controller configured to control the bias voltage to be applied to the high-frequency oscillator in accordance with a sampling frequency of data when the data is recorded on the magnetic disk by the recording head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventor: Gaku Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10783913
    Abstract: A data storage device is disclosed comprising a head actuated over a disk surface, wherein the head comprises a plurality of elements including a write assist element. A bias signal applied to the write assist element is controlled such that the write assist element is substantially unprotruded, and while the write element is substantially unprotruded, an air bearing resonant frequency (ABRF) of the head and disk surface is measured. The bias signal applied to the write assist element is controlled such that the write assist element protrudes toward the disk surface, and while the write assist element protrudes toward the disk surface, the head is excited at the measured ABRF and the head touching down onto the disk surface is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sukumar Rajauria, Erhard Schreck, Weldon M. Hanson, Yeoungchin Yoon
  • Patent number: 10762917
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to data storage devices, and more specifically, to a magnetic media drive employing a magnetic recording head. The head includes a trailing shield, a main pole, an STO disposed between the trailing shield and the main pole, and a non-magnetic conductive structure adjacent to the main pole and in contact with the STO. The STO includes an FGL and an SPL, and the FGL is disposed between the main pole and the SPL. The FGL includes a side extending over the main pole and at least a portion of the non-magnetic conductive structure. With the FGL disposed proximate to the main pole and over at least a portion of the non-magnetic conductive structure, current crowding and disturbance from the trailing shield are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Quang Le, Yongchul Ahn, Susumu Okamura, Zheng Gao, Alexander Goncharov, Muhammad Asif Bashir, Petrus Antonius Van Der Heijden, James Mac Freitag
  • Patent number: 10749474
    Abstract: A switching circuit includes a switching circuit stage configured to supply a load via filter networks. Control circuitry is provided to control alternate switching sequences of transistors in the half-bridges of the switching circuit stage. A current flow line is provided between the output nodes of the half-bridges including an inductance between two switches. First and second capacitances are coupled with the output nodes of the half-bridges. The control circuitry switches first and second switches to the conductive state at intervals in the alternate switching sequences of the transistors in the half-bridges between switching the first pair of transistors to a non-conductive state and switching the second pair of transistors to a conductive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Edoardo Botti, Giovanni Gonano
  • Patent number: 10719239
    Abstract: A data-storage system comprises a head receiver configured to variably receive up to a number M of write heads. The data-storage system also includes an installed number N of write heads arranged in the head receiver, a substrate receiver configured to receive one or more data-storage substrates, and a positioner machine configured to adjust a relative placement of each of the M write heads with respect to at least one of the one or more data-storage substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Antony Ian Taylor Rowstron, Ioan Alexandru Stefanovici, Aaron William Ogus, Douglas Wayne Phillips, Richard John Black, Austin Nicholas Donnelly, Alexander Lloyd Gaunt, Andreas Georgiou, Ariel Gomez Diaz, Serguei Anatolievitch Legtchenko, Reinhard Sebastian Bernhard Nowozin, Benn Charles Thomsen, Hugh David Paul Williams, David Lara Saucedo, Patrick Neil Anderson, Andromachi Chatzieleftheriou, John Christopher Dainty, James Hilton Clegg, Raluca Andreea Diaconu, Rokas Drevinskas, Mengyang Yang
  • Patent number: 10706882
    Abstract: A method includes processing, via an integrated circuit, data read from a first servo wedge; processing, via the integrated circuit, data from a second servo wedge; and skipping processing data from a third servo wedge positioned between the first servo wedge and the second servo wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Abbas Ali
  • Patent number: 10706881
    Abstract: A magnetic disk device includes a case including a magnetic disk, a magnetic head configured to read or write data from or to the magnetic disk, an actuator configured to move the magnetic head, and a humidity sensor positioned within the case to measure a humidity in the case and output a measurement value; a control circuit configured to calculate a value of a voltage to be applied to the actuator based on a displacement amount of the magnetic head and the measurement value output from the sensor, and output the calculated value; and a servo controller configured to control the actuator by applying the voltage to the actuator according to the value output by the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takato Uchida, Naomichi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10685678
    Abstract: A dual-stage servo system of a disk drive includes a first fine positioning servo system with a first microactuator that independently controls the position of a first read/write head over a first recording surface and a second fine positioning servo system with a second microactuator that independently controls the position of a second read/write head over a second recording surface. The first microactuator accesses a first data stripe while the second fine positioning servo system simultaneously accesses a second data stripe. Data can be transferred to or from the first and second data stripes simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Richard M. Ehrlich
  • Patent number: 10672418
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic disk device including a disk, a head, and a controller which sets a first track pitch based on fringing when a second track is written, sets a second track pitch based on fringing when a third track is written, calculates a difference between the first track pitch and the second track pitch, sets, when the difference is less than or equal to a reference value, an area to which the first track is written in a first recording area, and sets, when the difference is greater than the reference value, the area to which the first track is written in a second recording area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventor: Shunsuke Aoki
  • Patent number: 10664172
    Abstract: A data storage device includes a first system-on-a-chip (SOC) associated with a first read transducer that accesses one or more magnetic disks of the data storage drive. The first SOC has a first read channel operable to receive data from the first read transducer. A second SOC is associated with a second read transducer that accesses the one or more magnetic disks of the data storage drive independently of the first read transducer. The second SOC has a second read channel operable to receive second data from the second read transducer. The first and second SOCs are coupled via a data bus that facilitates communicating the first and second data to a host via a first host interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Jon D. Trantham, Bruce Douglas Buch, Kyaw Sin Maung, Aaron P. Weyer
  • Patent number: 10650845
    Abstract: A magnetic disk device includes a magnetic disk and a control circuit. The magnetic disk includes a first area where writing is performed in a manner such that a newly written track partially overlaps a previously written adjacent track. The control circuit is configured to specify a range of a second track, which is to be overlapped as a result of writing first data to a first track, write second data written in the specified range of the second track to a saving area prior to writing the first data to the first track, write the first data to the first track, and verify the second data in the second track after writing the first data to the first track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hitomi Ikeshima
  • Patent number: 10650852
    Abstract: A method according to one embodiment includes generating a y-position estimate based on a servo readback signal, and determining a nonlinearity-correction value corresponding to the y-position estimate. The method further includes adjusting the y-position estimate using the nonlinearity-correction value. A computer program product for compensating for nonlinearity in a timing based servo pattern according to another embodiment includes a computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith. The program instructions are readable and/or executable by a controller to cause the controller to perform the foregoing method. An apparatus according to another embodiment includes a controller configured to perform the foregoing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin B. Judd, Simeon Furrer, Angeliki Pantazi, Mark A. Lantz
  • Patent number: 10614844
    Abstract: A media device may comprise a controller, a tape head, a tape comprising tape-position indicia, an indicia detection device, and an adjusting device. The indicia detection device may be configured to detect the tape-position indicia and provide an output corresponding to a tape position. The controller may be configured to send an adjustment command based on the output. The adjusting device may be configured to adjust the media device between a first configuration and a second configuration, based on the adjustment command. The tape may physically contact the tape head in the first configuration and not physically contact the tape head in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus Breuer, Frank Krick, Juergen Beck, Bernd Freitag, Tim Oswald
  • Patent number: 10578723
    Abstract: In a position detector for converting, into position information, two signals shifted in phase by 90 degrees from each other, a phase correction value calculator for calculating a phase correction value for correcting a phase difference between the two signals calculates a phase change value representing a change in the phase correction value, to find a next phase correction value based on the phase change value and a present phase correction value. A virtual change value calculator calculates, based on second-order components obtained by Fourier analysis of a radius value, a virtual phase change value representing another change in the phase correction value obtained when changes in offset and amplitude ratio are ignored, and a virtual amplitude change value representing a change rate in an amplitude ratio correction value obtained when a change in the phase difference is ignored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: OKUMA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsutoshi Iwazawa
  • Patent number: 10566022
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to characterize a magnetic recording tape of a tape cartridge, according to one embodiment, includes a magnetic head having servo readers of known pitch, a drive mechanism for passing a magnetic recording tape over the magnetic head, and a controller electrically coupled to the magnetic head. The controller is configured to measure, using signals from the magnetic head, a servo band difference at various locations along a length of the magnetic recording tape of a tape cartridge. The controller is also configured to store the servo band difference measurements and/or derivatives thereof in association with the tape cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin B. Judd, Randy C. Inch, Eiji Ogura, Ernest S. Gale, Pamela R. Nylander-Hill, Dale A. Christiansen, Paul M. Greco, Kevin D. Butt, Steven M. Wallace
  • Patent number: 10541004
    Abstract: A system accesses metadata on a file system of the magnetic tape, where the metadata comprising one or more fields enabling to determine a longitudinal position (LPOS) of one or more files located on the magnetic tape. The system determines the LPOS of the one or more files located on the magnetic tape. The system determines an optimal location of the head on the magnetic tape based on computing an average value to the determined LPOS of the one or more files located on the magnetic tape and moves the head on the magnetic tape to the optimal location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Hasegawa, Hiroshi Itagaki, Sosuke Matsui, Shinsuke Mitsuma, Tsuyoshi Miyamura, Noriko Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10533071
    Abstract: Disclosed are mixtures containing: mono- and bi-functional polymers [polymers (P-A) and (P—B)] comprising a plurality of (per)fluoropolyether segments [segments (SRF)] joined together by hydrogenated (poly)ether segments [segments (SH)], said polymers having two ends, wherein one or both ends comprises a hydroxy or a leaving group; a non-functional polymer comprising a plurality of (per)fluoropolyether segments (SRF) joined together by hydrogenated (poly)ether segments (SH), with the proviso that the hydrogenated (poly)ether segments (SH) are not segments of formula —CH2OCH2OCH2—. Disclosed are also monofunctional polymers (P-A) that can be isolated from such mixtures. Methods for the obtainment of the mixtures and for separating the polymers therein contained are also provided, as well as methods of using the mixtures or each polymer therein contained as intermediates or building blocks for the synthesis of other polymers or as ingredients of compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY S.P.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Adolfo Pietro Tonelli, Ivan Wlassics, Giuseppe Marchionni, Letanzio Bragante
  • Patent number: 10521622
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to a test card for use in automated testing of a POS terminal. In some embodiments, the test card comprises a substrate including at least one track, wherein the substrate is configured to interact with a magnetic card reader, an electrical contact configured to receive magnetic stripe data from a database, and an electrical trace, wherein the electrical trace is programmable with respect to the received magnetic stripe data, wherein the electrical trace forms a continuous conductive pathway, wherein the electrical trace forms a stair step configuration comprising a plurality of linear segments including a first set of linear segments and a second set of linear segments, wherein the second set of linear segments includes at least one segment, and wherein the at least one segment connects ones of the first set of linear segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Johnson, Michael A. Ryan
  • Patent number: 10515661
    Abstract: The magnetic tape device includes a magnetic tape including a magnetic layer, in which an intensity ratio of a peak intensity of a diffraction peak of a (110) plane with respect to a peak intensity of a diffraction peak of a (114) plane of a hexagonal ferrite crystal structure obtained by an X-ray diffraction analysis of the magnetic layer by using an In-Plane method is 0.5 to 4.0, a vertical direction squareness ratio of the magnetic tape is 0.65 to 1.00, Ra measured regarding a surface of the magnetic layer is equal to or smaller than 2.0 nm, and a C—H derived C concentration calculated from a C—H peak area ratio of C1s spectra obtained by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis performed on the surface of the magnetic layer at a photoelectron take-off angle of 10 degrees is 45 to 65 atom %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Norihito Kasada, Eiki Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10497385
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic disk device includes a disk, a head, and a controller that estimates a first frequency component resulting from a disturbance in a first range of a frequency corresponding to the disturbance in a signal with the disturbance, estimates a second frequency component corresponding to a second frequency of a positive integral multiple of 2 or larger of a first frequency of the first frequency component in a second range different from the first range, and suppresses a first harmonic component corresponding to the positive integral multiple of the first frequency in a position error of a target position of the head on the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventors: Takuji Matsuzawa, Takeyori Hara, Takayuki Kawabe
  • Patent number: 10497386
    Abstract: The magnetic tape device includes a TMR head (servo head); and a magnetic tape, in which a magnetic layer of the magnetic tape includes fatty acid ester, Ra measured regarding a surface of the magnetic layer is equal to or smaller than 2.0 nm, full widths at half maximum of spacing distribution measured by optical interferometry regarding a surface of the magnetic layer before and after performing a vacuum heating with respect to the magnetic tape are greater than 0 nm and equal to or smaller than 7.0 nm, a difference between spacings before and after the vacuum heating is greater than 0 nm and equal to or smaller than 8.0 nm, and ?SFD (=SFD25° C.?SFD?#° C.) in a longitudinal direction of the magnetic tape is equal to or smaller than 0.50.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Eiki Ozawa, Norihito Kasada
  • Patent number: 10490219
    Abstract: First and second tracks are read simultaneously via a first reader mounted in a head-gimbal assembly. The first reader provides a first signal based on detecting a total perpendicular field of the first and second tracks. The first and second tracks are read simultaneously via a second reader mounted in the head-gimbal assembly. The second reader provides a second signal based on detecting a total longitudinal field of the first and second tracks. At least one of a position error and a timing error of at least one of the first and second readers are determined based on user data read via the respective first and second signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Mehmet Fatih Erden, Walter R. Eppler
  • Patent number: 10468354
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a semiconductor device includes a semiconductor element, and a first member. The first member includes a first nonmagnetic planar region separated from the semiconductor element in a first direction, a first magnetic planar region provided between the first nonmagnetic planar region and the semiconductor element in the first direction, and a second nonmagnetic planar region provided between the first magnetic planar region and the semiconductor element in the first direction. The first magnetic planar region includes a first end portion extending along a second direction crossing the first direction. A first magnetization direction of the first magnetic planar region is tilted with respect to the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Akira Kikitsu, Hitoshi Iwasaki, Yoshinari Kurosaki
  • Patent number: 10438620
    Abstract: Systems and methods for servo zone transition optimization are described. In one embodiment, the storage system device includes a disk drive and a controller. In some embodiments, the controller may be configured to assess at least one operation of a read/write head of the disk drive; and format, based at least in part on the assessing of the read/write head, a disk surface of the disk drive with a first servo zone, a second servo zone, and an overlap region extending between a start point of the second servo zone and an end point of the first servo zone. In some cases, the overlap region starts towards a disk inner diameter (ID) and ends towards a disk outer diameter (OD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Francis Ellis, Gary Ernest Hillukka, Joshua Ward Christensen, Puskal Prasad Pokharel
  • Patent number: 10439539
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a feedback control system and method for a bidirectional VCM. The system employs an analog core that is common to both the PWM and linear modes of operation. The analog core includes a feedback mechanism that determines the error in the current flowing through the motor. The feedback mechanism produces an error voltage that corresponds to the current error, and applies the voltage to a control driver. The control driver then controls the motor, based on the error voltage, in either a PWM or linear mode. By sharing a common core, the switching time between modes is improved. Furthermore, the output current error between modes is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ANALOG DEVICES GLOBAL UNLIMITED COMPANY
    Inventors: Jesus Javier Lopez, Alberto Marinas, Eduardo M. Martinez, Santiago Iriarte
  • Patent number: 10429404
    Abstract: An electronic device is installed in a machine where there is a possibility in occurrence of vibration or impact. The electronic device includes an acceleration detecting unit detecting acceleration in a predetermined time interval, and an impact determining unit. In a case where it is determined that an acceleration value exceeds a predetermined first threshold value, a second threshold value is calculated based on a maximum value among acceleration values of plural accelerations for a predetermined time interval after the determination. In a case where the number of accelerations where acceleration values exceeds the second threshold value among the plural accelerations is a predetermined number or less, the impact as a single-type impact is determined. In a case where the number exceeds the predetermined number, the impact as a multiple-type impact is determined. Also included is an output unit outputting a signal in a case where the impact is determined as the multiple-type impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Oouchi, Kenichi Ito
  • 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: 10423488
    Abstract: An error detection device includes a generation unit and a detection-correction unit. When writing data into a storage unit, the generation unit generates error detection information for each piece of division-data into which write-data are divided. The error detection information is information which is available in determining whether a bit error includes in the division-data, and by which a position where the bit error is caused can be detected based on plural pieces of the error detection information of the plural division-data composing the write-data. Using the error detection information, the detection-correction unit can determine whether the bit error is caused in the division-data. Using plural pieces of the error detection information of the data including the division-data in which it is detected that the bit error is caused, the detection-correction unit can detect the position where the error is caused, and can correct the bit error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Asano
  • Patent number: 10417042
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and system for data persistence in stream computing, and the present disclosure belongs to the technical field of data storage. The method comprises: initiating, by a management module, a task; extracting a key corresponding to the task from a data source based on the task; acquiring a value corresponding to the key from the data source based on the key, performing data processing to generate intermediate data and a first signal, and storing the intermediate data and the first signal; detecting whether the first signal has been stored, and sending detection information to the management module. By using the present disclosure, the intermediate data persistence result may be effectively fed back, such that the intermediate data persistence may be ensured to be transactional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: WANGSU SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhifu Yu, Huaming Liu
  • Patent number: 10395678
    Abstract: A method and system for determining slider-disk contact in a hard-disk drive (HDD) that has dual independent heaters for thermal fly-height control, and dual embedded contact sensors, includes dithering power to the two heaters at different frequencies. The HDD has the two contact sensors electrically connected to provide a single combined output signal in response to the dithering. The single combined output signal is analyzed to detect two signals at the two different frequencies. When either detected signal exceeds a predetermined touchdown threshold value, the values of heater power for the two heaters are recorded, indicating that that combination of heater power values corresponds to slider-disk contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sukumar Rajauria, Erhard Schreck, Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 10395221
    Abstract: In some examples, a portable electronic device may monitor a plurality of device care metrics to detect and characterize a level of care provided to an electronic device by a user. Further, the user may receive a reward for providing a level of care as specified by one or more device care thresholds. For example, the device may monitor sensor information from one or more sensors for determining whether the device has experienced a physical event, such as a fall event, an excessive moisture event, or the like. Further, the device may also monitor for system events, such as whether to update a program, whether malicious code has been installed, or the like. The occurrence of a physical event and/or the user's actions in response to a system event may determine a user's eligibility to receive a reward based on the level of device care provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth James Price, Heather Dystrup-Chiang, Shannon Quek
  • Patent number: 10386794
    Abstract: A control device includes an interface for exchanging data with a servo driver. The servo driver is configured to execute a control arithmetic operation in which a manipulation amount for driving the servo motor is determined on the basis of a control parameter determined in accordance with a control target. The control device includes a creation unit that acquires the control parameter of the servo driver and creates an internal model representing a motion characteristic of the control target, and a target value calculation unit that calculates a corrected target value to be supplied to the servo driver on the basis of a target value corresponding to a target track and a feedback value from the control target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Mikiko Manabe, Masaki Namie, Mamoru Egi
  • Patent number: 10373639
    Abstract: The magnetic tape device includes a magnetic tape including a magnetic layer, in which an intensity ratio of a peak intensity of a diffraction peak of a (110) plane with respect to a peak intensity of a diffraction peak of a (114) plane of a hexagonal ferrite crystal structure obtained by an X-ray diffraction analysis of the magnetic layer by using an In-Plane method is 0.5 to 4.0, a vertical direction squareness ratio of the magnetic tape is 0.65 to 1.00, Ra measured regarding a surface of the magnetic layer is equal to or smaller than 2.0 nm, and a C—H derived C concentration calculated from a C—H peak area ratio of C1s spectra obtained by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis performed on the surface of the magnetic layer at a photoelectron take-off angle of 10 degrees is 45 to 65 atom %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Norihito Kasada, Eiki Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10365628
    Abstract: A positioning control device of an actuator provided with a strain wave gearing has a full-closed control system for feeding back a position of a load shaft, and driving and controlling a motor so as to position the load shaft at a target position. The full-closed control system has an H? compensator designed so that, when a generalized plant having angular transmission error in the strain wave gearing as a disturbance input is assumed, an H? norm of a transfer function from the disturbance input of the generalized plant to an evaluation output is a predetermined value or less. Mechanical vibration during positioning response caused by angular transmission error in the strain wave gearing can be reliably suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: Harmonic Drive Systems Inc., Nagoya Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Masafumi Yamamoto, Yoshifumi Okitsu, Makoto Iwasaki