Patent Number: 8,797,682

Title: Quasi-statically tilted magnetic tape head having backward compatibility

Abstract: In one general embodiment, an apparatus includes a magnetic head. The magnetic head has a first array of data transducers; a second array of data transducers spaced from the first array; and a third array of data transducers positioned between the first and second arrays. The magnetic head is positionable between a first position and a second position. A pitch of the data transducers of at least two of the arrays presented to the tape is compatible with a first format when the magnetic head is positioned between the first and second positions. The pitch of the data transducers of at least one of the arrays is compatible with a second format when the longitudinal axis of the third array is oriented about perpendicular to the intended direction of tape travel. A data track pitch of the first format is different than the data track pitch of the second format.

Inventors: Biskeborn; Robert G. (Hollister, CA), Lo; Calvin S. (Saratoga, CA)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G11B 5/127 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018