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Data Storage Systems Center



Director's Notebook

DSSC Blazes Trails

February 8, 2008

As we welcome the New Year, the Data Storage Systems Center at Carnegie Mellon University is entering its 25th year after her initial birth in 1983 as the Magnetic Technology Center (MTC). Seven years after graduating from the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers Program as the Center for Excellence in 2001, we are stronger than ever.

At present, we have 15 industrial sponsors, including Seagate Technology, Western Digital Corporation, TDK, Williams Advanced Materials, Showa Denko, Samsung, ST Microelectronics, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Labs., SAE, Headway Technologies, MagIC, Sun Microsystems, Imation, and HP.

With an annual research budget of $5 million, our graduate students and faculty are surging forward providing the magnetic data storage industry with technological innovations, new materials, critically needed knowledge and understanding, and low power data recovery channels.

In the area of hard disk drive applications, our research is highlighted by our achievements in the heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), the microwave assisted magnetic recording (MAMR), discrete track media (DTM), and data recovery channel development for holographic data storage. In addition, the Center has built a very strong research program in the development of thin film perpendicular disk media for 1 Tbits/in2 area density and beyond. As we charge forward in our research and strive to achieve our goals, we are also training talented students, who will soon infuse new energy into the industry. As Mr. Watkins, CEO of Seagate Technology once said, "To a mountain climber, reaching the top of a mountain was never the goal. The goal was to train the man."

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