Synchronization and detection for two-dimensional magnetic recording
Banan Sadeghian, Elnaz
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This thesis develops efficient synchronization and detection algorithms for two-dimensional magnetic recording (TDMR) under a low latency constraint. TDMR is a new technology for increasing data density of hard disk drives up to 10 Tera bits per square inch of the medium. TDMR read channel suffers from two-dimensional interference, bit position (timing) uncertainty, and data dependent noise, to name a few. The problem of timing uncertainty is addressed with synchronization. This thesis focuses on the synchronization component of the read channel and develops synchronization solutions which effectively compensate for the asynchrony between the phase of the received readback waveforms and the phase of the sampling clocks. In particular, this thesis proposes solutions to reduce the computational cost of current generation of read channels, where only one data track is detected at a time. For future generations of TDMR read channels, where multiple tracks will be detected jointly, this thesis provides a first-time solution to the synchronization problem for joint detection of multiple asynchronous tracks.