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1. (WO1993017416) SUSPENSION A LA CARDAN POUR SYSTEMES DE SUSPENSION DE TETE MAGNETIQUE
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What Is Claimed Is:
1. A magnetic head suspension for attachment to an actuator arm, said head suspension comprising, in combination:
(a) a spring load beam element portion joined to the
actuator arm at one end thereof, the other end
thereof characterized by a pair of substantially
rigid head support arms projecting from said load
beam element thereby to define a clearance opening
there between for receiving a magnetic head;
(b) a flexure portion unitary with said load beam
element, said flexure portion supported between the head support arms, the flexure portion being divided into
(1) a support assembly comprised of at least two
head support bond pads joined by a flexible bond pad connecting torsion element, each bond pad
constructed and arranged for being bonded to a disk drive head; and
(2) at least two torsionally flexible arms
connected between the support assembly and the head support arms.
2. The invention of claim 1 wherein the load beam element portion and the flexure portion are separate pieces
welded to each other.
3. The invention of claim 1 wherein the magnetic head
suspension is unitary and the load beam element portion and the flexure portion are formed from a single piece of sheet material.
4. The invention of claim 1 wherein at least some of the
torsionally flexible arms have at least one bend along their length.
5. In a magnetic head suspension for supporting a magnetic head at a fixed distance from a rigid arm, a unitary
flexure and load beam comprising:
(a) a spring load beam element portion joined to the arm at a proximal end thereof; and (b) a unitary flexure portion projecting beyond the
distal apex of the element, the flexure portion
being divided into
(1) a head support means for receiving a disk drive
head to be bonded thereto, the head support means
being comprised of
(i) at least two head support bond pads each
bond pad constructed and arranged for bonding
to a disk drive head;
(ii) a flexible bond pad connecting torsion
element operatively coupling said pads, and
(2) a pair of flexible arms supporting the head
support means, said arms formed by etching, the
flexure arm portions, and the head support means
cooperating to provide gimbals support to a head
bonded to the bonding pads.
6. The invention claimed in 1 wherein the torsional flexible' arms are oriented substantially perpendicular to the
longitudinal axis of the load beam.
7. The invention claimed in 1 wherein the torsional flexible arms are oriented substantially perpendicular to the
longitudinal axis of the load beam and the flexible bond pad support connecting torsion element is oriented at an angle Φ 1 to the longitudinal axis of the load beam
where Φ 1 ranges between 45 and 135 degrees.
8. The invention claimed in claim 1 wherein the torsionally flexible arms are oriented substantially parallel to and positioned substantially on the longitudinal axis of the load beam.
9. The invention claimed in claim 1 wherein the torsionally flexible arms are oriented substantially parallel to and substantially offset from the longitudinal axis of the
load beam.
10. The invention of claim 1 wherein the thicknesses of the torsionally flexible arms and the bond pad connecting
torsion elements are less than the thickness of the bond pad thereby providing clearance for gimballed movement of a head bonded to the bond pads .
11. The invention of claim 9 wherein the thickness of the
bond pad is at least about 0.075 mm and the thickness of the torsionally flexible arms and the bond pad connecting torsion elements is less than about 0.025 mm.
12. The invention of claim 1 wherein the bond pad connecting torsion element is formed to offset it from the plane of the load beam thereby providing clearance for gimballed movement of a head bonded to the bond pads.
13. The invention of claim 1 wherein the torsionally flexible arms are formed to offset them from the plane of the load beam thereby providing clearance for gimballed movement of a head bonded to the bond pads.
14. The invention of claim 1 wherein the load beam is formed to offset the head support assembly from the plane of the load beam thereby providing clearance for gimballed
movement of a head bonded to the bond pads.
15. A magnetic head suspension for attachment to an actuator arm, said head suspension comprising, in combination:
(a) a spring load beam element portion joined to the
actuator arm at one end thereof, the other end
thereof characterized by a pair of substantially
rigid head support arms projecting from said load
beam element thereby defining a clearance opening
there between for receiving a magnetic head;
(b) a flexure portion unitary with said load beam
element, said flexure portion supported between the head support arms, the flexure portion being divided into
(1) a support assembly comprised of at least one
head support bond pad supported by a flexible bond
pad torsion element, each bond pad constructed and
arranged for being bonded to a disk drive head; and

(2) at least two torsionally flexible arms
connected between the support assembly and the head support arms.

AMENDED CLAIMS
[received fay the International Bureau on 4 May 1993 (04.05.93) ; original claims 1 ,5 and 15 amended ; other claims unchanged (4 pages) ]

1. A magnetic head suspension for attachment to an actuator arm, said head suspension comprising, in combination:
(a) a spring load beam element portion joined to the actuator arm at one end thereof, the other end thereof characterized by a pair of substantially rigid head support arms projecting from said load beam element thereby to define a clearance opening there between for receiving a magnetic head;
(b) a flexure portion being divided into
(1) a support assembly comprised of at least two head support bond pads separate and independent of each other joined by a flexible bond pad connecting torsion element, from which the bond pads are also separate and independent, said torsion element being a continuous essentially straight load beam connecting primary vertical load support and providing separate and independent torsional gimballing motion of each bond pad, each bond pad constructed and arranged for being bonded to a disk drive head separately and independently of each other;
and
(2) at least two torsionally flexible arms connected between the support assembly and the head support arms, such that the bond pad torsion element transmits vertical force at the bonding pads to the torsionally flexible arms.
2. The invention of claim 1 wherein the load beam element portion and the flexure portion are separate pieces welded to each other.
3. The invention of claim 1 wherein the magnetic head suspension is unitary and the load beam element portion and the flexure portion are formed from a single piece of sheet material.
4. The invention of claim 1 wherein at least some of the torsionally flexible arms have at least one bend along their length- 5. In a magnetic head suspension for supporting a magnetic head at a fixed distance from a rigid arm, a unitary flexure and load beam comprising:
(a) a spring load beam element portion joined to the arm at a proximal end thereof ; and
(b) a flexure portion projecting beyond the distal apex of the element, the flexure portion being divided into
(1) a head support means for receiving a disk drive head to be bonded thereto, the head support means being comprised of
(i) at least two head support bond pads separate and independent
of each other, each bond pad constructed and arranged for
bonding to a disk drive head separately and independently of each
other;
(ϋ) a flexible bond pad connecting torsion element operatively
coupling said pads, said torsion element being a continuous
essentially straight load beam connecting primary vertical load
support providing separate and independent torsional gimballing
motion for each bond pad, and
(2) a pair of flexible arms supporting the head support means, the flexure arm portions, and the head support means cooperating to provide gimbals support to a head bonded to the bonding pads, such that the bond pad connecting torsion element transmits vertical force applied to the bonding pads to the torsionally flexible arms.
6. The invention claimed in 1 wherein the torsional flexible arms are oriented substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the load beam.
7. The invention claimed in 1 wherein the torsional flexible arms are oriented substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the load beam and the flexible bond pad support connecting torsion element is oriented at an angle
1 to the longitudinal axis of the load beam where Φ 1 ranges between 45 and 135 degrees.
8. The invention claimed in claim 1 wherein the torsionally flexible arms are oriented substantially parallel to and positioned substantially on the longitudinal axis of the load beam.
9. The invention claimed in claim 1 wherein the torsionally flexible arms are oriented substantially parallel to and substantially offset from the longitudinal axis of the load beam.

10. The invention of claim 1 wherein the thicknesses of the torsionally flexible arms and the bond pad connecting torsion elements are less than the thickness of the bond pad thereby providing clearance for gimballed movement of a head bonded to the bond pads.
11. The invention of claim 9 wherein the thickness of the bond pad is at least about 0.075 mm and the thickness of the torsionally flexible arms and the bond pad connecting torsion elements is less than about 0.025 mm.
12. The invention of claim 1 wherein the bond pad connecting torsion element is formed to offset it from the plane of the load beam thereby providing clearance for gimballed movement of a head bonded to the bond pads.
13. The invention of claim 1 wherein the torsionally flexible arms are formed to offset them from the plane of the load beam thereby providing clearance for gimballed movement of a head bonded to the bond pads.
14. The invention of claim 1 wherein the load beam is formed to offset the head support assembly from the plane of the load beam thereby providing clearance for gimballed movement of a head bonded to the bond pads.
15. A magnetic head suspension for attachment to an actuator arm, said head suspension comprising, in combination:
(a) a spring load beam element portion joined to the actuator arm at one end thereof, the other end thereof characterized by a pair of substantially rigid head support arms projecting from said load beam element thereby defining a clearance opening there between for receiving a magnetic head;
(b) a flexure portion being divided into
(1) a support assembly comprised of at least one head support bond pad wherein each such bond pad is supported separately and independently of the other by a flexible bond pad torsion element, from which the bond pads are also separate and independent, said torsion element being a continuous essentially straight load beam connecting vertical load support, which provides separate and independent torsional gimballing motion of each bond pad, each bond pad constructed and arranged for being bonded to a disk drive head separately and independently of each other; and
(2) at least two torsionally flexible arms connected between the support assembly and the head support arms, such that the bond pad torsion element transmits vertical force at the bond pads to the torsionally flexible arms.