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This paper presents new work on the performance of the method for simultaneously detecting the position and timing error in bit patterned media (BPM). The regular spatial arrangement of bits in BPM allows position information and timing information to be extracted from the data. Our method exploits interference between adjacent tracks by employing a read head wider than the track pitch. The method also provides the capability of reading data from two tracks at the same time. Here we employ a more realistic read head field and more realistic shapes of the bit islands in simulations than in prior work. We determine the sensitivity of the position detection, timing recovery, and bit error rate of the method to manufacturing variations in the locations and sizes of bits.
Date of Publication: March 2010