Magnetic Recording Technology (Advanced)

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 advanced topics and recent trends are treated in greater details to familiarize students with the theoretical background as well as implementation issues.

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