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Magnetic Disk Drive Technology : Heads, Media, Channel, Interfaces, and Integration

ISBN: 978-0-7803-1083-4
368 pages
September 1996, Wiley-IEEE Press
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This book will take you from basic academic knowledge about magnetics to a proficient understanding of the most recent advances in the technology. This book offers the latest information about disk technology, including: the fundamentals of magnetics, MIG heads, thin film heads, magnetoresistive heads, thin film media, electrical and mechanical integration of these components into a drive, and how to record writing and reading processes magnetically. You'll also learn about giant magnetoresistance, contact recording, and future disk drive industry developments. MAGNETIC DISK DRIVE TECHNOLOGY is an excellent guide for practitioners, researchers, and recent graduate engineers in the field of magnetics.
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Table of Contents



List of Symbols, Abbreviations, and Formulas.


The Fundamentals of Magnetism (James C. Suits).

Disk Drive Magnetic Recording.

Ferrite and MIG Heads.

Thin Film Heads.

MR Heads.

Thin Film Media.

Recording Channel.

Magnetic Disk Recording Integration.

Head-Disk Interface (Roger F. Hoyt).

Future Trends in Technology.


Author's Biography.
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Author Information

About the Author Kanu G. Ashar is a consultant and adjunct professor at Santa Clara University, California. Associated with IBM for thirty-four years, he established and managed advanced semiconductor device technology departments at IBM's East Fishkill Laboratory, New York. Later he moved to San Jose and managed magnetic recording groups, which included thin film and MR head projects at IBM Development Laboratory. He accepted an assignment to establish and manage magnetic and optical recording groups at Tokyo Research Laboratory of IBM Japan. He was invited to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, as a visiting professor where he taught microprocessors and applications. Dr. Ashar has received several patents and is author and co-author of numerous publications in the fields of semiconductor devices and magnetic recording. He has received three patent plateau awards from IBM, and is recipient of the management Excellence Award from IBM Japan.
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