Magnetic Recording Technology

The course gives an overview of magnetic storage systems and trends in magnetic recording technology. The following areas will be covered: background on reading and reproducing process; nature of distortions and different noise mechanisms; techniques used in read/write performance characterization; role of channel components in improving the reliability of readback data; basics of partial response channels and Viterbi detection; basics of error correction and modulation coding; front end signal processing circuitry; elements of synchronization and timing recovery; types of interfaces and overview of the disk controller. Some topics are treated in greater details to familiarize students with the theoretical background as well as implementation issues.

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