J. Moritz, V. Baltz, B. Rodmacq, S. Auffret, B. Dieny
Bit-patterned media have been proposed as a solution to circumvent the magnetic storage density limitation set by the superparamagnetic limit of conventional granular media. Intense research efforts have been directed towards the devel- opment of economically viable fabrication approaches for such media as well as towards the understanding of their re- cording performances and noise properties. At SPINTEC, we have proposed and developed an original approach called pre-patterned media. We have demonstrated the feasibility of this new storage technology now developed by most disk drives manufacturers and proposed another concept of multilevel storage to further increase the storage areal density.