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SBIR Phase I: Commutational Ramp Load Disk Drive Actuator

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
98931
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0945905
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
IC4
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BLW
Meridian Technology Center 1414 S. Sangre Rd. Ste 205 Stillwater, OK 74074-0000
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: SBIR Phase I: Commutational Ramp Load Disk Drive Actuator
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0945905
Award Amount: $148,796.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project develops a unique and transformative ramp load hard disk drive actuator that provides significant improvements over existing ramp load technology by increasing performance and reducing costs. A ramp is used to park the read/write heads of the disk drive actuator to avoid head/disk impact due to an external shock to the drive. The project activity consists of applied research and design of a new and unique commutational disk drive actuator that performs the ramp load/unload and seeking operations for the arm of a hard disk drive. The commutational actuator is a synergistic combination of a magnet/coil assembly, magnetic bias feature, and ramp. The commutational actuator is of reduced size and cost compared to conventional ramp load actuators that are currently used. The reduced size and cost are facilitated by requiring the actuator arm to travel through a magnetic transition zone which presents an uncontrollable, singular region within the actuator arm sweep angle on the ramp. To promote travel through the uncontrollable, singular region, a special head loading/unloading closed-loop control algorithm that will be developed to provide failsafe operation through this transition zone. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project is immediate and long-term. The immediate commercial potential is the specific application to the 500 million units per year disk drive market for computers, servers, data backup systems, communication technologies and many consumer products such as DVRs and cameras. The commutational actuator is expected to have a direct commercial impact exceeding $100 million per year, based on a realized disk drive manufacturing cost savings of $0.20 per drive. It will also enable reduction in size of the disk drive assembly, thus helping in further miniaturizing the hard disk drive without impacting performance.

Principal Investigator:

Matthew B. Green
PhD
4054101326
mattgreen@bluewatertek.com

Business Contact:

Matthew B. Green
PhD
4054101326
mattgreen@bluewatertek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BLW
Meridian Technology Center 1414 S. Sangre Rd. Ste 205 Stillwater, OK 74074

EIN/Tax ID: 262439854
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No