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1. WO2000033301 - SYSTEME INTEGRE DE SUIVI OPTIQUE POUR SUPPORT MAGNETIQUE

Note: Texte fondé sur des processus automatiques de reconnaissance optique de caractères. Seule la version PDF a une valeur juridique

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. An improved servo system having a combination head having a plurality of magnetic heads that read and write data in a magnetic side of a medium, the improvement comprises:

a light source array attached to the plurality of magnetic heads, the light source array emitting an array of incident light beams;

a plurality of optical servo tracks disposed on the magnetic side of the medium, the plurality of optical servo tracks reflecting the array of incident light beams to produce an array of reflected light beams;

a bi-cell photo detector array attached to the plurality of magnetic heads, the bi-cell photo detector array converting the individual reflected light beams of the array of reflected light beams into an array of photo currents;

a beam splitter array positioned between the plurality of optical servo tracks, the light source array and the bi-cell photo detector array, the beam splitter array being oriented to direct the array of incident light beams onto the plurality of optical servo tracks and to direct the array of reflected light beams onto the bi-cell photo detector array;

a lens array positioned between the plurality of optical servo tracks and the beam splitter array to focus each individual incident light beam of the array of incident light beams onto a respective one optical servo track of the plurality of optical servo track, and focus each individual reflected light beam of the array of reflected light beams onto a respective one bi-cell photo detector of the bi-cell photo detector array;

a differential amplifier array electrically connected to the bi-cell photo detector array, the differential amplifier array amplifying the array of photo currents to produce an array of error signals indicative of the alignment of the plurality of magnetic heads with the medium; and

a circuit electrically connected to the differential amplifier array, the circuit combining the array of error signals to produce a position error signal.

2. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the light source array has a center-to-center spacing of approximately 2 millimeters between adjacent light sources of the light source array.

3. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the lens array is positioned approximately 1 millimeter from the plurality of optical servo tracks, and each lens of the lens array has a diameter of approximately 1 millimeter and a numerical aperture of approximately 0.5 .

4. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein each optical servo track of the plurality of optical servo tracks has a track width ranging from approximately 2 micrometers to approximately 7 micrometers.

5. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the beam splitter array is an array of half-silvered mirrors.

6. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the beam splitter array is an array of dielectric coated mirrors.

7. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the beam splitter array is an array of holographic elements, and wherein the light source array and the bi-cell photo detector array are substantially co-planar.

8. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the beam splitter array is an array of binary optics, an wherein the light source array and the bi-cell photo detector array are substantially co-planar.

9. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the bi-cell photo detector array is an array of positive-intrinsic-negative silicon photo diodes.

10. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the light source array, the beam splitter array, the lens array, the bi-cell photo detector array, and the differential amplifier array are disposed between at least two read heads of the plurality of magnetic heads and at least two write heads of the plurality of magnetic heads.
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11. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the light source array is an array of near infrared light emitting diodes, and the array of incident light beams emitted from the light source array have a wavelength of approximately 0.8 micrometers.
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78 12. The improved servo system of claim 11 wherein the plurality of optical servo

79 tracks comprises a plurality of depressions in the magnetic side of the medium to a depth

80 of approximately one sixth of the wavelength of the array of incident light beams emitted

81 from the light source array, and a layer of reflective material approximately 30

82 nanometers thick disposed over the magnetic side of the medium.
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84 13. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the plurality of optical servo

85 tracks further comprises a plurality of crystalline lines formed in a layer of amorphous to

86 crystalline phase change material disposed on the magnetic side of the medium.
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88 14. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the medium is a magnetic

89 tape.
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91 15. The improved servo system of claim 1 wherein the medium is a magnetic

92 disk.
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