+3 V/-3 V Operation 1.2 Gbps Write Driver for Hard Disk Drives

Yasuyuki OKUMA  Kenji MAIO  Hiroyasu YOSHIZAWA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E87-C   No.4   pp.578-581
Publication Date: 2004/04/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Low-Power System LSI, IP and Related Technologies)
low-voltage,  hard disk drive,  write driver,  

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This paper describes low voltage write driver with pulse adding circuit. The presented write driver is constructed from the main switch circuit with impedance matching and pulse adding circuits and a timing generator. The main switch circuit is voltage type driver with matching resisters for flexible lines between a write driver and a write head. For 1.2 Gbps operation, the flexible lines have to be treated as transmission lines. Furthermore, to achieve steep rise/fall edge, the pulse adding circuits to generate double of supply voltage, +3.3/-3 V, at rise/fall edge have been developed. The write driver was implemented using 0.35 µm BiCMOS process. The die size is 1.2 mm0.6 mm and the measured results achieved tr/tf of less than 0.25 ns, tp of 0.5 ns and Ip of 73 mA.