Patent Number: 8,797,670

Title: Adaptive soft-output detector for magnetic tape read channels

Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a data storage system includes a tape channel for reading precoded data from a magnetic tape medium to produce a signal, a soft detector adapted for calculating first soft information about each bit of the signal and sending the first soft information to a soft decoder, and the soft decoder positioned subsequent to the soft detector, the soft decoder being adapted for calculating second soft information about each bit of the signal and sending the second soft information to the soft detector, wherein the precoded data includes a characteristic of being passed through at least one precoder prior to being written to the magnetic tape medium, and wherein the soft detector provides automatic compensation for the precoded data. Other systems, methods, and computer program products for reading data using an adaptive soft-output detector are described according to more embodiments.

Inventors: Blinick; Katherine T. (Tucson, AZ), Hutchins; Robert A. (Tucson, AZ), Mittelholzer; Thomas (Zurich, CH), Oelcer; Sedat (Kilchberg, CH)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G11B 5/035 (20060101); G11B 20/10 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018