Patent Number: 7,085,104

Title: Low profile head gimbal assembly with shock limiting and load/unload capability

Abstract: Head gimbal assemblies are provided that comprise a slider, a load beam, a flexure, and a lifter tab. The flexure holds the slider against a pivot point of the load beam. The lifter tab extends from the load beam to engage a load/unload ramp. The load beam includes a base portion having the pivot point, a first side rail, and a first limiter stop. The first side rail is disposed adjacent to a transverse side of the slider while the first limiter stop is adjacent to a leading side of the slider. The first limiter stop extends from the first side rail and is essentially perpendicular thereto. The flexure includes a first leading edge tab that extends between the first limiter stop and the base portion of the load beam to limit the movement of the flexure especially during loading and unloading.

Inventors: Hadian; Jafar (Cupertino, CA), Bozorgi; Jamshid (Fremont, CA)

Assignee: Western Digital (Fremont), Inc.

International Classification: G11B 5/48 (20060101); G11B 5/54 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/01/02018