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Data Storage Component Testing System

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A testing system that is capable of testing individual data storage components may have testing, loader, and exchange assemblies with the testing assembly having a plurality of test slots each having long and short axes. The loader assembly can be configured to transport and install a test deck or data storage device from the exchange assembly to a test slot of the plurality of test slots with a long axis of the test deck continuously aligned with the long axis of the test slot while being transported.



DATA STORAGE COMPONENT TEST DECK SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system may utilize at least an enclosed test deck that has an access port door covering an access port. The system can test a data storage component by presenting the enclosed test deck to an exchange assembly before exposing an interior test region of the test deck by engaging the access port door with a tool of the exchange assembly. At least one data storage component may be installed into the interior test region and subsequently the access port is closed by installing the access port door into the access port.



OPTICAL INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM AND REPRODUCTION METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In a case where (i) a reflectance calculated from a reflected light amount obtained from a longest pit (P1max) or a longest space (S1max) in a first pit row is defined as a first reflectance and (ii) a reflectance calculated from a reflected light amount obtained from a longest pit (P2max) or a longest space (S2max) in the second pit row is defined as a second reflectance, the first pit row is formed such that the first reflectance becomes substantially identical with the second reflectance.



MOVING-MAGNET TYPE PICKUP CARTRIDGE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A moving-magnet type pickup cartridge is disclosed, which includes a cantilever, a stylus chip attached to a front end part in a longitudinal direction of the cantilever, a damper disposed at a base end part in the longitudinal direction of the cantilever and configured to support the cantilever in a swingable manner, a magnet disposed in the longitudinal direction of the cantilever and immediately above the stylus chip at the front end part of the cantilever, and configured to vibrate with vibration of the stylus chip, and a yoke formed in a U-shape, having generating coils being wound thereon, and having magnetic poles at both leg parts thereof being disposed to face the magnet. With this configuration, there is provided a moving-magnet type pickup cartridge enables not only to ensure a large output signal but also to obtain a faithfully reproduced sound with little distortion.



PLASMON GENERATOR INCLUDING A MAIN BODY AND A FRONT PROTRUSION

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A plasmon generator includes a main body, and a front protrusion protruding from the main body. The front protrusion has a proximal portion which is a boundary with the main body, and a near-field light generating surface located in the medium facing surface of a magnetic head. The main body has a first inclined surface and a second inclined surface each facing toward the medium facing surface. The first inclined surface and the second inclined surface are at a distance from each other and aligned in the track width direction. The proximal portion of the front protrusion is located between the first inclined surface and the second inclined surface.



Optical Information Reproduction Device and Optical Information Reproduction Method

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided are an optical information reproduction device and a method therefor with which the influence of reference light reflected from the surface of a disk can be reduced, thereby enabling data to be reproduced in a stable manner in an optical information reproduction device that uses holography. The information reproduction device, which reproduces from a recording medium information that has been recorded on the recording medium by the formation of a hologram, is equipped with: a light output unit that emits laser light; an optical system that generates reference light from the laser light emitted from the light output unit; an objective lens that reproduction signal light reproduced by the reference light with which the recording medium has been irradiated enters; a light detector that receives the reproduction signal light propagated by the objective lens; a medium-reflected light reduction unit that reduces the amount of medium-reflected light (generated when the recording medium reflects the reference light) with which the light detector is irradiated; and a control unit that controls the operation of the information reproduction device.



ADAPTIVE LASER OUTPUT CONTROL IN A HAMR DEVICE

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A current temperature of a data storage device having a heat assisted recording (HAMR) device is measured while in idle. A threshold laser diode power output of the HAMR device is calculated at the current temperature when there is a change between a previous temperature and the current temperature. A new laser diode current that produced the calculated threshold laser diode power output is applied to the HAMR device when there is a change between the currently applied laser diode current and the new laser diode current.



HOLOGRAM RECORDING AND PLAYBACK DEVICE AND PLAYBACK POSITION DEVIATION DETECTION METHOD

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A hologram recording and playback device and a playback position deviation detection method to detect the relative position deviation between the hologram and reference light during playback with high sensitivity. The hologram recording and playback device records as a servo page, signal light added with two-dimensional pattern data having a cycle induced by the spatial modulator in a least a portion of the data. During playback, reference light is emitted onto the servo page, and an optical detector mounted on the periphery of a light transmittance unit of a spatial filter detects the playback light, and detects the position deviation versus the servo page. By utilizing a check pattern for example as the two-dimensional pattern, a diffraction peak can be generated on the periphery of the light transmittance unit and position deviation can be detected with high sensitivity.



AUTOMATIC RECORD PLAYER FOR PLAYING A PHONOGRAPH RECORD

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A novel automatic record player for playing a phonograph record includes a base, a turntable, upper and lower hubs, a tonearm, a drive unit, a pinion, a control cam, a main arm, an auxiliary arm, first and second micro-switches, a clutch member, a first clutch actuating member, a switch activating member, an actuating pin, a synchronizing unit, a position guide, and an elongated member. When the clutch member is actuated by the first clutch actuating member, the tonearm is automatically positioned on the phonograph record.



HEAT-ASSISTED-MAGNETIC-RECORDING HEAD, SEMICONDUCTOR LASER ELEMENT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR LASER ELEMENT

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In a semiconductor laser device including a semiconductor laser element that emits laser light from an emission region thereof, a cap having a peripheral wall and a ceiling wall that cover the semiconductor laser element and having a window portion formed in the ceiling wall to face the emission region, and a transparent optical member that fills the window portion, the optical member is formed by curing a liquid resin and holds the ceiling wall, and a light incidence surface of the optical member faces the emission region and is formed by natural flow of the liquid resin.



NEAR-FIELD TRANSDUCER WITH ENLARGED REGION, PEG REGION, AND HEAT SINK REGION

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A near-field transducer includes an enlarged region having a top side adjacent to a magnetic pole, a base side opposite the top side, and a circumference that extends from proximal to a media-facing surface to distal to a media-facing surface. The near-field transducer includes a peg region in contact with a region of the bas side of the enlarged region, the peg region extending from the enlarged region towards the media-facing surface. The near-field transducer also includes a heat sink region having a contact side, a base side, and a circumference that extends from proximal to the media-facing surface to distal from the media-facing surface. The contact side of the heat sink region is in thermal contact with both the peg region and at least a region of the base side of the enlarged region.



Adaptive Disturbance Rejection Using Dead Zone Filter

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Apparatus and method for disturbance rejection in a control system. In some embodiments, a controller is adapted to position a control object. A disturbance observer generates a disturbance compensation value which is applied to reduce position error resulting from application of mechanical disturbance to the control object. The disturbance observer includes an adaptive filter with at least one dead zone providing a pass-through response with a scalar gain of less than one.



SPINDLE MOTOR AND DISK DRIVE APPARATUS

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

{circle around (1)} A spindle motor includes a fixing portion defined by a bearing portion, a holder portion, a gap between the bearing portion and the holder portion, and an adhesive arranged in the gap. {circle around (2)} The fixing portion includes first and second protruding surfaces arranged to protrude radially from a first and a second one, respectively, of an outside surface of the bearing portion and an inside surface of the holder portion; and first and second boundary surfaces arranged to join the first and second surfaces, respectively, to the first and second protruding surfaces, respectively. {circle around (3)} At least a portion of the first boundary surface is arranged above the second boundary surface. {circle around (4)} The first and second protruding surfaces are arranged radially opposite to the second and first surfaces, respectively, with a first and a second gap, respectively, intervening therebetween. {circle around (5)} The first boundary surface is arranged opposite to the second boundary surface with a third gap intervening therebetween. {circle around (6)} The adhesive is arranged to extend from the third gap to at least a portion of each of the first and second gaps.



OPTICAL DISK RECORDING METHOD, OPTICAL DISK APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL DISK MEDIUM

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A track of an optical disk is formed by wobbling and divided into zones, a clock ratio of a recording clock to a wobble clock is preset for each zone, a wobble signal is detected from the optical disk, the wobble clock is generated from the wobble signal, a present position is identified by reproducing ADIP indicating a position of the track from the wobble signal and the wobble clock, the recording clock is generated with respect to the wobble clock, a data address present position is identified from the present position, a start end position of the ADIP in a recording target zone, a start end position of the data address in the recording target zone, and the clock ratio, a recording start position is identified based on the data address present position; and the data is recorded from the recording start position of the recording target zone.



DETERMINING ESTIMATED POSITION INFORMATION OF A MAGNETIC RECORDING TAPE USING MEDIA THICKNESS ESTIMATION

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method includes acquiring, by the computer, position information from encoding on a magnetic medium, calculating, by the computer, an estimated position information of the magnetic medium using a media thickness value, comparing, by the computer, the estimated the estimated position information with the position information acquired from encoding, determining, by the computer, whether an error between the estimated position information and the acquired position information is within a specified range. In response to the determining that the error is within the specified range, the media thickness value is stored by the computer to a memory. In response to the determining that the error is outside the specified range, the media thickness value is changed by the computer to make the estimated position information fall within the specified range.



SLOT WAVEGUIDE THAT COUPLES ENERGY TO A NEAR-FIELD TRANSDUCER

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dual-slot waveguide receives energy from a coupling waveguide. The dual-slot waveguide includes first and second light propagating regions of low-index material located side-by-side in a direction normal to a light propagation direction. Inner sides of the first and second light propagating regions are separated by a first region of a high-index material. Second and third regions of the high-index material surround outer sides of the first and second light propagating regions. A near-field transducer receives portions of the energy from the first and second light propagating regions.



OPTICAL DISC APPARATUS AND OPTICAL DISC REPRODUCTION METHOD

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An optical disc apparatus includes a synchronizer that generates a reproduction clock signal synchronized with a reproduction signal of information recorded in an optical disc medium, and generates a digital reproduction signal synchronized with the reproduction clock signal, an adaptive equalizer that generates a post-adaptive-equalization digital reproduction signal, and a maximum likelihood decoder that performs maximum likelihood decoding of the post-adaptive-equalization digital reproduction signal to generate a binary signal. The apparatus also includes an expected waveform generator that generates an expected waveform from the binary signal, a phase-advance waveform generator that generates a phase-advance waveform, a phase-delay waveform generator that generates a phase-delay waveform, and a metric detector that detects a phase error. In the optical disc apparatus, the synchronizer controls the phase of the digital reproduction signal using the phase error.



RECORDING APPARATUS

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A recording device of the present disclosure includes a light source, an objective lens, a beam splitter, an optical element, a detector and an operation circuit. The optical element divides a light beam into a first main region, a second main region, a first main end region, a second main end region, a first sub-region, and a second sub-region. The operation circuit generates a main signal in which a first main end region signal is multiplied by a coefficient a and added to the first main region signal, and a second main signal in which a second main end region signal is multiplied by the coefficient α and added to the second main region signal.



HOLOGRAPHIC STORAGE DEVICE

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The problem addressed by the present invention is to increase the use efficiency of a holographic storage medium, achieving an increase in the number of storage layers, and to achieve favorable and stable storage maintaining the storage quality of each pixel of a page interior and page exterior. As a solution, the present invention is provided with: a phase mask that adds phase information to signal light; a phase mask drive unit that drives the phase mask; a phase mask control unit that controls the phase mask drive unit; and a phase mask drive speed detection unit that detects the drive speed of the phase mask. When the phase mask drive speed obtained by the phase mask drive speed detection unit is contained within a predetermined range, the storage of information is executed.



BOLOMETER FOR INTERNAL LASER POWER MONITORING IN HEAT-ASSISTED MAGNETIC RECORDING DEVICE

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus comprises a slider having an air-bearing surface (ABS), a write pole at or near the ABS, and a reader at or near the ABS and connected to a pair of reader bond pads of the slider. A near-field transducer (NFT) is formed on the slider at or near the ABS, and an optical waveguide is formed in the slider and configured to receive light from a laser source. A sensor is situated proximal of the write pole at a location within the slider that receives at least some of the light communicated along the waveguide. The sensor may be electrically coupled to the reader bond pads in parallel with the reader, and configured to generate a signal indicative of output optical power of the laser source.



THERMALLY-ASSISTED MAGNETIC RECORDING HEAD HAVING SEMICONDUCTOR SURFACE EMITTING LASER, AND HEAD GIMBAL ASSEMBLY AND DISK DRIVE UNIT WITH THE SAME

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A thermally assisted magnetic head (TAMH) slider having an air bearing surface and a back surface opposite the air bearing surface, which includes a slider substrate, a magnetic head portion configured on the slider substrate and having a waveguide formed therein, a semiconductor surface emitting laser configured on the back surface with an emitting surface facing the back surface; and a lens configured between the semiconductor surface emitting laser and the waveguide for focusing lights emitted from the semiconductor surface emitting laser on an incident end of the waveguide. The TAMH slider has stable performance, and can rapidly write data to a magnetic recording medium with high recording density.



DEVICES INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE MULTILAYER ADHESION LAYER

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Devices that include a near field transducer (NFT), the NFT having at least one external surface; and at least one multilayer adhesion layer positioned on at least a portion of the at least one external surface, the multilayer adhesion layer including a first layer and a second layer, with the second layer being in contact with the portion of the at least one external surface of the NFT, the first layer including: yttrium (Y), scandium (Sc), zirconium (Zr), hafnium (Hf), silicon (Si), boron (B), tantalum (Ta), barium (Ba), aluminum (Al), titanium (Ti), niobium (Nb), calcium (Ca), beryllium (Be), strontium (Sr), magnesium (Mg), lithium (Li), or combinations thereof; and the second layer including: lanthanum (La), boron (B), lutetium (Lu), aluminum (Al), deuterium (D), cerium (Ce), uranium (U), praseodymium (Pr), yttrium (Y), silicon (Si), iridium (Ir), carbon (C), thorium (Th), scandium (Sc), titanium (Ti), vanadium (V), phosphorus (P), barium (Ba), europium (Eu), or combinations thereof.



APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STORING AND RETRIEVING OPTICAL SENSOR CALIBRATION DATA

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An optical storage device for storing data includes at least one optical waveguide for receiving an optical interrogation signal and providing a response to the optical interrogation signal and a plurality of optical elements arranged relative to the at least one optical waveguide. The plurality of optical elements are responsive to the optical interrogation signal provided through the at least one waveguide to return a prescribed data value through the at least one optical waveguide. The plurality of optical elements represent encoded data concerning a function of an optical sensor.



INFORMATION RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION RECORDING AND REPRODUCING METHOD

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An information recording and reproducing apparatus including: a reproducing unit which generates a digital signal from an analog signal; a recording compensation unit which generates an expectation signal from the digital signal, detects a signal difference between the digital signal and the expectation signal, and adjusts a recording condition for recording the information; and a recording unit configured to record the information based on the recording condition. First recording compensation is performed for adjusting the recording condition using first recording where lengths of a preceding space and a succeeding space of a first recording mark and lengths of a preceding space and a succeeding space of a second recording mark are not in intersymbol interference; and second recording compensation is performed for adjusting the recording condition for the first recording mark using second recording data for changing a length of the second recording mark.



DEVICES INCLUDING A DIFUSSION BARRIER LAYER

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Devices having an air bearing surface (ABS), the devices including a write pole; a near field transducer (NFT) that includes a peg and a disc, wherein the peg is at the ABS of the device; a heat sink positioned adjacent the disc of the NFT; a dielectric gap positioned adjacent the peg of the NFT at the ABS of the device; and a conformal diffusion barrier layer positioned between the write pole and the dielectric gap, the disc, and the heat sink, wherein the conformal diffusion barrier layer forms at least one angle that is not greater than 135°.



METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETECT AND MITIGATE CONTAMINATION BETWEEN A READ/WRITE HEAD AND A RECORDING MEDIUM

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A first adaptive fly height measurement is performed between a read/write head and a recording medium during a stage of qualification testing of a magnetic disk drive. A second adaptive fly height measurement of the read/write head is performed during a subsequent stage of the qualification testing. In response to determining that a fly height decrease between the first and second adaptive fly height measurements is above a threshold value, a mitigation operation is performed to remove a contaminant from a media-facing surface of the read/write head.



DEVICES INCLUDING AN OVERCOAT LAYER

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Devices having an air bearing surface (ABS), the devices include a write pole; a near field transducer (NFT) including a peg and a disc, wherein the peg is at the ABS of the device; an overcoat, the overcoat including a low surface energy layer.



DEVICES INCLUDING AN OVERCOAT THAT INCLUDES A LOW THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY LAYER

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Devices having an air bearing surface (ABS), the device including a write pole; a near field transducer (NFT) that includes a peg and a disc, wherein the peg is at the ABS of the device; an overcoat that includes a low thermal conductivity layer, the low thermal conductivity layer including a material that has a thermal conductivity of not greater than 5 W/mK.



DEVICES INCLUDING METAL LAYER

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Devices having an air bearing surface (ABS) and including a write pole; a near field transducer (NFT) that includes a peg and a disc, wherein the peg includes a rear peg portion and a peg tip, the rear peg portion and the peg tip are different materials and the peg tip includes: one or more metals; one or more nanoparticles comprising oxides, nitrides, carbides or combinations thereof; one or more conducting oxides, conducting nitrides, conducting bromides, conducting carbides, or combinations thereof; one or more semiconductors; or combinations thereof.



DEVICES INCLUDING METAL LAYER

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Devices having an air bearing surface (ABS), the devices include a write pole; a near field transducer (NFT) including a peg and a disc, wherein the peg is at the ABS of the device; an overcoat, the overcoat including a low surface energy layer.



RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The recording and reproducing apparatus according to the present disclosure includes: a light source; an optical system configured to divide a beam from the light source, and to form a first optical spot and a second optical spot on a recording medium; a recording circuit configured to drive the light source and to modulate a light amount of the light source, and further to record the information on the recording medium by the first optical spot by modulating the light amount of the light source based on information; and an evaluation circuit configured to evaluate the information recorded on the recording medium by reproducing by the second optical spot in a period in which the recording circuit causes the light source to emit the beam at a constant light amount.



DEFINING A MAXIMUM SEQUENTIAL WRITE DURATION FOR A DATA STORAGE DEVICE UTILIZING HEAT-ASSISTED RECORDING

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A maximum write duration is determined for first and second heat-assisted write transducers of a data storage device. Exceeding the duration results in thermal degradation of the first and second write transducers. A request to write data to a heat-assisted recording medium is received. In response to a time to fulfill the request exceeding the maximum write duration, the data is divided into portions such that a respective writing of each of the portions does not exceed the maximum write duration. Writing successive ones of the portions to the heat-assisted recording medium involves alternating between the first and second write transducers.



MOTOR AND DISK DRIVE APPARATUS

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A rotating portion of a motor includes a magnet, a yoke, and a hub. An upper portion of the yoke is fixed to the hub. The yoke includes a first inner circumferential surface radially opposite to an outer circumferential surface of the magnet with a first gap intervening therebetween, and a second inner circumferential surface radially opposite to the outer circumferential surface of the magnet with a second gap intervening therebetween below the first inner circumferential surface. The second inner circumferential surface is parallel or substantially parallel to the outer circumferential surface of the magnet, and is located radially outward of the first inner circumferential surface. An adhesive is provided in at least a portion of the first gap. No adhesive is provided in at least a lower axial end portion of the second gap.



APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC MULTIPLE ACTUATOR DRIVE DATA ACCESS

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus and method for dynamic multiple actuator drive data access are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: receiving a data transfer request including at least one data package; determining a type of the data transfer request; partitioning the data package into a plurality of data segments, if the data transfer request is a parallel data mode request; assigning one or more actuator drivers and one or more actuator controllers for the data transfer request; initiating a data transfer to or from the data storage medium using one or more of the plurality of actuators corresponding to the one or more assigned actuator controllers; storing or retrieving an individual data package of the data transfer request to or from the data storage medium wherein the entire data package is wholly accessible to a single actuator, if the data transfer request is a random data mode request; and storing or retrieving an individual data segment of the data transfer request to or from the data storage medium wherein the data package is accessible to the plurality of actuators, if the request is a parallel data mode request.



FLEXIBLE VIRTUAL DEFECT PADDING

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Technologies are described herein for performing flexible virtual defect padding of bad sectors on recording media of a storage device. A defective sector on a data track of a recording medium in the storage device is detected. The size and position of a physical defect within the defective sector are determined, and one or more sectors adjacent to the defective sector on the data track are mapped as virtual defects based on the size and position of the physical defect within the defective sector.



DEVICES INCLUDING NEAR FIELD TRANSDUCER AND ADHESION LAYER

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device including a near field transducer (NFT); a write pole; at least one dielectric material positioned between the NFT and the write pole; and an adhesion layer positioned between the NFT and the at least one dielectric material.



MOTOR AND DISK DRIVE APPARATUS

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A base portion of a motor includes an annular inner bottom plate portion, a recessed portion and groove portions recessed upward from a lower surface of the inner bottom plate portion, and at least one through hole passing through the inner bottom plate portion in an axial direction. The groove portions are arranged to extend from the recessed portion toward land portions of a circuit board arranged on a lower surface of the base portion. A draw-out surface of the recessed portion has a lower opening of each of the at least one through hole defined therein. A wall surface of the recessed portion includes communicating openings each of which is in communication with one end of a separate one of the groove portions. Conducting wires are drawn out from coils arranged above the base portion to the draw-out surface through the at least one through hole, and are passed through the communicating openings and the groove portions to be soldered to the land portions. The recessed portion has a sealant arranged therein. The lower opening of each of the at least one through hole is covered with the sealant. Drawing the conducting wires out of the recessed portion through the groove portions contributes to preventing the sealant arranged in the recessed portion from overflowing toward the land portions.



Adaptive HAMR Power Data Storage Device

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A data storage device may be configured with at least a heat assisted magnetic recording head that has a laser and is connected to a controller. The heat assisted magnetic recording head can be positioned proximal first and second data bits stored on an adjacent data storage medium. A first laser power may be applied by the laser in response to the first data bit being a different magnetic polarity than the second data bit and a different second laser power can be applied by the laser in response to the first and second data bits having a common magnetic polarity.



RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A recording and reproducing apparatus according to the present disclosure includes a first optical pickup configured to record information on either a land track and a groove track, with respect to a recording medium that is able to be recorded in the land track and the groove track, a second optical pickup configured to record information on a track different from a track recorded by the first optical pickup, and a controller configured to cause the first optical pickup to record information if tracks of both sides of a track that the first optical pickup follows are recorded, and to cause the second optical pickup to record information if tracks of both sides of a track that the second optical pickup follows are recorded.



Record Player and Components

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A record player includes a base including a front surface, a plinth including a front surface, a platter, and a tone arm. The base includes a base height, a base width, and a base depth, with the base height being the shortest dimension and the base width being the greatest dimension. The plinth is mounted atop the base and connected to a motor housed within the base. The plinth includes a plinth height, a plinth width, and a plinth depth, the plinth height being greater than the plinth width. The platter is rotationally mounted to the front surface of the plinth so that a diameter of the platter is nearly vertical above the base. The tone arm is secured to the front surface of the base.



VARIABLE SCOPING CAPABILITY FOR PHYSICAL TAPE LAYOUT DIAGNOSTIC STRUCTURE OF TAPE STORAGE DEVICE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

According to one embodiment, a controller-implemented method collecting data relating to operation of a tape drive, storing the collected data in wrap sections of a tape map, where the wrap sections of the tape map correlate to physical lengths of tape. The method also includes and storing a subset of the collected data in a slice region upon at least one of experiencing a first trigger condition and reaching a predefined location on a tape. Other systems, methods, and computer program products are described in additional embodiments.



LASER DIODE SUBMOUNT/SLIDER INTERFACE WITH REDUCED THERMAL RESISTANCE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus comprises a slider of a magnetic recording head, a submount, and an interface defined between the slider and the submount. A laser diode is connected to the submount. A metal layer is provided at the interface between the slider and the submount. The metal layer connects at least about 30% of the surface area of the submount at the interface to the slider and serves as a thermal conduction pathway between the submount and the slider.



LASER DIODE UNIT WITH ENHANCED THERMAL CONDUCTION TO SLIDER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus comprises a slider having a trailing edge and a leading edge. A laser diode unit comprises a submount and a laser diode mounted to the submount. The submount includes a mounting surface affixed to a first surface of the slider at the trailing edge such that a first surface of the submount faces toward the leading edge of the slider. A thermally conductive material covers the first surface of the submount and at least a portion of the first surface of the slider. The thermally conductive material serves as a thermal conduction pathway between the submount and the slider.



MODE CONVERSION VIA TAPERED WAVEGUIDE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus includes a write head comprising a near-field transducer at a media-facing surface of the write head and a waveguide extending along a light-propagation direction. The waveguide is configured to receive light emitted from a light source at a fundamental transverse electric mode. The waveguide is configured to deliver the light to the near-field transducer at a transverse magnetic mode which directs surface plasmons to a recording medium in response thereto. The waveguide comprises a core with first and second tapers separated by a straight portion of constant cross sectional width. The first and second tapers successively decrease a cross-sectional width of the core as it nears the near-field transducer. The waveguide includes an end portion between the second taper and the near field transducer. The end portion comprises a top cladding layer, aside cladding layer, and a bottom cladding layer on the side cladding layer.



AUTOMATED DATA STORAGE LIBRARY WITH TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY RECOGNITION

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system according to one embodiment includes a tape library and a tape drive coupled to the tape library. In response to determining that at least one special operation may be performed, the tape library sends a first notification that the tape drive is to remain in a not ready state. The tape library mounts the tape cartridge in the tape drive after determining that at least one special operation may be performed. A method according to one embodiment includes sending a first notification that a tape drive is to remain in a not ready state in response to determining at least one special operation may be performed by said tape drive upon mounting of a tape cartridge therein. The tape cartridge is caused to be mounted in the tape drive after determining that at least one special operation may be performed.



OPTICAL DATA STORAGE MEDIUM AND USE OF SUCH MEDIUM

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A multi-stack optical data storage medium for recording and reading using a focused radiation beam entering through an entrance face of the medium has a first substrate with a first guide groove having a depth GL0



OPTIMIZED RECORDING CONDITION FOR HEAT-ASSISTED MAGNETIC RECORDING

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus comprises a controller configured to apply a writing configuration (WC) to a heat-assisted magnetic recording head to write data to a recording medium. The recording medium includes a plurality of sectors. The controller is further configured to determine an optimized WC for each of the plurality of sectors and initiate a write operation to one of the plurality of sectors. The write operation is configured to be performed by the head utilizing the optimized WC for the respective sector.



METHOD OF WRITING SERVO INFORMATION ON A STORAGE MEDIUM AND ARRANGEMENT FOR WRITING SERVOR INFORMATION ON A STORAGE MEDIUM

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

According to embodiments of the present invention, a method of writing servo information on a storage medium is provided. The method includes applying heat to a servo portion of a storage medium, and applying a magnetic field to the servo portion that is heated to write servo information on the servo portion. According to further embodiments of the present invention, an arrangement for writing servo information on a storage medium and a method of forming a storage medium are also provided.



OPTICAL DISK DEVICE, LIBRARY SYSTEM AND DATA RECORDING METHOD

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An optical disk device records recording data transmitted from a host device onto an optical disk. Then, as a process for checking the recorded data, the optical disk device reproduces the data from the optical disk to perform a Verify process in a recording quality determination unit, while transmitting the reproduced data to the host device. The host device performs a Compare process to compare the reproduced data transmitted from the optical disk device with the recording data transmitted to the optical disk device. At least if it is determined to be poor quality as a result of the Verify process by the recording quality determination unit or if it is determined that the data do not match as a result of the Compare process by the host device, the corresponding data is alternately recorded in an alternate area of the optical disk.



HOLOGRAM REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND HOLOGRAM REPRODUCING METHOD

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The purpose of the present invention is to provide a hologram reproducing apparatus and a hologram reproducing method, which are suitable for reproducing hologram. The purpose can be achieved by means of a hologram reproducing apparatus, which reproduces information signals by irradiating an optical information recording medium with reference light, and a hologram reproducing method for the hologram reproducing apparatus. The hologram reproducing apparatus is characterized in being provided with: a polarization conversion section, which converts polarization of diffracted light that is generated when the optical information recording medium is irradiated with the reference light; a light receiving section, which receives the diffracted light having the polarization thereof converted by means of the polarization conversion section; and a servo signal generating circuit section, which generates signals for moving the optical information recording medium or the polarization conversion section using the diffracted light received by means of the light receiving section.