Graph-Based Channel Detection for Multitrack Recording Channels

  • Jun Hu1,

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    • Tolga M. Duman2Email author and

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      • M. Fatih Erden3

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        EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20092008:738281

        DOI: 10.1155/2008/738281

        Received: 26 March 2008

        Accepted: 28 November 2008

        Published: 20 January 2009


        We propose a low complexity detection technique for multihead multitrack recording systems. By exploiting sparseness of two-dimensional partial response (PR) channels, we develop an algorithm which performs belief propagation (BP) over corresponding factor graphs. We consider the BP-based detector not only for partial response channels but also for more practical conventional media and bit-patterned media storage systems, with and without media noise. Compared to the maximum likelihood detector which has a prohibitively high complexity that is exponential with both the number of tracks and the number of intersymbol interference (ISI) taps, the proposed detector has a much lower complexity and a fast parallel structure. For the multitrack recording systems with PR equalization, the price is a small performance penalty (less than one dB if the intertrack interference (ITI) is not too high). Furthermore, since the algorithm is soft-input soft-output in nature, turbo equalization can be employed if there is an outer code. We show that a few turbo equalization iterations can provide significant performance improvement even when the ITI level is high.

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        Authors’ Affiliations

        Qualcomm Inc
        Electrical Engineering Department, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University
        Seagate Technology


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