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DSSC Faculty Head South for TMRC 2009

October 2, 2009

The Data Storage Systems Center will have a strong showing at the 20th annual Magnetic Recording Conference (TMRC 2009) next week at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Scheduled for Oct. 5–7, the conference will focus on magnetic recording heads and systems, with particular emphasis given to read and write head design and development; advanced reader, energy assisted write technologies and write head dynamics; head/media interface and reliability; head testing, methods and apparatus; high data rate effects and advanced electrical interconnects; recording systems and integration; advanced recording channels and detection algorithms; advanced coding and error-correction technologies; and system reliability and mechanics.

University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Mark Kryder will deliver the conference's keynote address, "The Intermediate Term Future of Magnetic Recording," on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Kryder, who founded Carnegie Mellon's Magnetics Technology Center (now the DSSC) in 1983, will discuss issues that need to be resolved in order for companies to decide between technologies that can be commercialized in the next three to four years to assure that the industry maintains an areal density growth rate of 40 percent per year.

In addition to Kyder's keynote address, four DSSC faculty members will give invited talks and/or chair presentation sessions at the conference. DSSC Director and ABB Professor of Engineering Jimmy Zhu will chair the Read Heads session on Monday, and deliver the talk, "Critical Aspects for MAMR To Reach Multi Tbits/in2 Area Density Capability," during Tuesday's Energy Assisted Magnetic Recording session. DSSC Associate Director Jim Bain will also participate in that session, discussing "Near Field HAMR Optical Sources Suitable for Excitation With Single Mode Waveguides."

Two DSSC faculty members will also present during the Channels session on Wednesday. Mechanical Engineering Professor William Messner will deliver the talk "Simultaneous PES Generation, Timing Recovery and Multi-Track Read on Patterned Media: Concept and Performance." Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula will present "Equalization and Detection for Bit Patterned Media Recording (BPMR) Channels With Inter-Track Interference."

TMRC 2009 is sponsored by the IEEE Magnetics Society and co-sponsored by the Center for Magnetic Recording Research at the University of California, San Diego; the Center for Micromagnetics & Information Technologies at the University of Minnesota; the Center for Materials for Information Technology at the University of Alabama; the Center for Magnetic Nanotechnology at Stanford University; the Computer Mechanics Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley; and the DSSC. For more information, visit

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