Multihead detection for multitrack recording channels

Emina Soljanin, Costas N. Georghiades

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We look at multiple-track detection for magnetic recording systems that use array heads to write and read over multiple tracks simultaneously. The recording channel is modeled as having intersymbol interference (ISI) in the axial direction, and intertrack interference (ITI) in the radial direction. Optimum multihead and single-head detectors are derived and analyzed in terms of error-probability performance for various levels of intertrack interference. Among other results, it is seen that for a range of ITI levels, codes designed to increase distance in single-head systems can provide the same coding gains for multihead systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2988-2997
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Coding
  • Intersymbol interference
  • Intertrack interference
  • Multihead detection
  • Multitrack recording


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