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High track density for magnetic disk drives with an "Embedded servo" positioning system

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Maury, C. ; CII-Honeywell Bull, Rue Jean-Jaurès LES CLAYES-SOUS-BOIS, FRANCE

The CII-HB "Embedded servo" original technique for disk drive units (such as the D 160) allows operation at high track densities ( 800 TPI) and fast access time. The overall information needed for head displacement and positioning is provided by the data head itself, without any other transducer. Servo transitions, written between the data sectors, are arranged to provide gain information, track logical address, and fine position. This information is used by a microcomputer program to move the head rapidly to the desired track and to lock it in position within an instantaneous error of less than 3 μm (120 μm inches). Practical results are presented and compared with a theoretical model. Limitations and improvements are discussed.

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 4 )