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A PRML system for digital magnetic recording

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5 Author(s)
Cideciyan, R.D. ; IBM Res. Div., Zurich Res. Lab., Ruschlikon, Switzerland ; Dolivo, F. ; Hermann, R. ; Hirt, W.
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The realization of a digital recording system using partial-response class-IV signaling with maximum-likelihood sequence detection (MLSD) is described. To perform MLSD at the high data rates encountered in recording systems, a simple implementation of the Viterbi detector based on a difference-metric algorithm is developed. Decision-directed schemes for gain control and timing recovery, for tracking variations of the gain and timing phase during data readback, and for fast initial adjustment from a known preamble are presented. The dynamic behavior of the control algorithms was studied by computer simulations. Coding was used to facilitate timing recovery and gain control, to limit the path memory length of the Viterbi detector, and to allow fast and reliable startup of the receiver. The design and properties of rate 8/9 constrained codes are examined. The problem of equalization is addressed, and analog and combined analog/digital filter implementations are developed. A simple adaptive equalizer capable of compensating variations of the recording channel characteristics with track radius and/or head-to-medium distance is described

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 1 )