# Erich Franz Haratsch, Bethlehem US

## Erich Franz Haratsch, Bethlehem, PA US

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20090292974 | METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ITERATIVE ERROR-ERASURE DECODING - Methods and apparatus are provided for improved iterative error-erasure decoding. A signal is decoded by obtaining a plurality of symbols associated with the signal and one or more corresponding reliability values; generating at least one erasure list comprised of L symbols and at least one shortened erasure list comprised of L′ symbols, where L′ is less than L; and constructing an erasure set by taking erasures from at least one of the erasure list and the shortened erasure list. A signal is also processed by generating one or more reliability values using a soft-output detector; generating an erasure list of symbols by comparing the reliability values to at least one reliability threshold value (or by sorting); and performing error erasure decoding using the erasure list. The size of the erasure list can optionally be adjusted using feedback information. | 11-26-2009 |

20090292975 | METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ITERATIVE ERROR-ERASURE DECODING - Methods and apparatus are provided for improved iterative error-erasure decoding. A signal is decoded by obtaining a plurality of symbols associated with the signal and one or more corresponding reliability values; generating at least one erasure list comprised of L symbols and at least one shortened erasure list comprised of L′ symbols, where L′ is less than L; and constructing an erasure set by taking erasures from at least one of the erasure list and the shortened erasure list. A signal is also processed by generating one or more reliability values using a soft-output detector; generating an erasure list of symbols by comparing the reliability values to at least one reliability threshold value (or by sorting); and performing error erasure decoding using the erasure list. The size of the erasure list can optionally be adjusted using feedback information. | 11-26-2009 |

20090313531 | Methods and Apparatus for Processing a Received Signal Using a Multiple-Step Trellis and Selection Signals for Multiple Trellis Paths - Methods and apparatus are provided for performing SOVA detection at higher data rates than achievable with conventional designs. A received signal is processed by (i) determining at least three selection signals that define a plurality of paths through a multiple-step trellis into a given state, wherein a first of the plurality of paths is a winning path for each single-step-trellis period of a multiple-step-trellis cycle, a second path is a winning path for a first single-step-trellis period and is a losing path for a second single-step-trellis period of a multiple-step-trellis cycle and a third path is a losing path for a first single-step-trellis period and is a winning path for a second single-step-trellis period of a multiple-step-trellis cycle; and (ii) determining at least one reliability value (such as a reliability value for a bit decision associated with a maximum-likelihood path through the multiple-step trellis or a plurality of reliability values for each multiple-step-trellis cycle). | 12-17-2009 |

20090319874 | Reliability Unit For Determining A Reliability Value For At Least One Bit Decision - A reliability unit is disclosed for determining a reliability value for at least one bit decision. The disclosed reliability unit comprises one or more functional elements, wherein each of the functional elements comprises at least four functional units and at least two registers, wherein each functional unit comprises a comparator and a multiplexer, and wherein an output of the comparator and an equivalence bit control the multiplexer. Generally, the reliability unit determines a reliability value for a bit decision associated with a maximum-likelihood path through a multiple-step trellis. | 12-24-2009 |

20090319875 | Path Metric Difference Computation Unit For Computing Path Differences Through A Multiple-Step Trellis - A path metric difference computation unit is disclosed for computing path differences through a multiple-step trellis. The disclosed path metric difference computation unit computes differences between paths through a multiple-step trellis, wherein a first of the plurality of paths is a winning path for each single-step-trellis period of a multiple-step-trellis cycle, a second of the plurality of paths is a winning path for a first single-step-trellis period and is a losing path for a second single-step-trellis period of a multiple-step-trellis cycle and a third of the plurality of paths is a losing path for a first single-step-trellis period and is a winning path for a second single-step-trellis period of a multiple-step-trellis cycle. The disclosed path metric difference computation unit comprises one or more path metric difference generators for generating a path metric difference Δ | 12-24-2009 |

20100050060 | Path Comparison Unit For Determining Paths In A Trellis That Compete With A Survivor Path - A path comparison unit is disclosed for determining paths in a trellis that compete with a survivor path. The disclosed path comparison unit comprises a first type functional unit comprising a multiplexer and a register to store one or more survivor bits associated with the survivor path; and at least two second type functional units, wherein each second type functional unit comprises a multiplexer and a logical circuit to compute at least one equivalence bit indicating whether the bit for a respective path and the bit for the survivor path are equivalent. Generally, the respective path is one or more of a win-lose path and a lose-win path. | 02-25-2010 |

20100091832 | PIPELINED DECISION-FEEDBACK UNIT IN A REDUCED-STATE VITERBI DETECTOR WITH LOCAL FEEDBACK - A pipelined decision feedback unit (DFU) is disclosed for use in reduced-state Viterbi detectors with local feedback. The disclosed pipelined decision feedback unit improves the maximum data rate that may be achieved by the reduced state Viterbi detector by the pipelined computation of partial intersymbol interfence-based estimates. A pipelined decision feedback unit is thus disclosed that computes a plurality of partial intersymbol interference based estimates, wherein at least one partial intersymbol interference-based estimate is based on a selected partial intersymbol interference-based estimate; and selects the selected partial intersymbol interference-based estimate from among partial intersymbol interference-based estimates for path extensions into a state. | 04-15-2010 |

20120128056 | METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR JOINT EQUALIZATION AND DECODING OF MULTIDIMENSIONAL CODES TRANSMITTED OVER MULTIPLE SYMBOL DURATIONS - A method and apparatus are disclosed for performing joint equalization and decoding of multidimensional codes transmitted over multiple symbol durations. An RSSE scheme is disclosed that cancels the intrasymbol interference caused by other symbol components within the same multidimensional code symbol. The disclosed RSSE technique for multidimensional codes applies where the number of trellis code dimensions exceeds the number of channels. The disclosed RSSE decoder computes the intersymbol interference caused by previously decoded multidimensional code symbols and subtracts the intersymbol interference from the received signal. In addition, a branch metrics unit compensates for the intrasymbol interference caused by other symbol components within the same multidimensional code symbol. | 05-24-2012 |

20130021689 | STORAGE MEDIA INTER-TRACK INTERFERENCE CANCELLATION - Described embodiments provide a method of cancelling inter-track interference (ITI) from one or more sectors read from a desired track of a storage medium. A read channel reads sectors in a desired track of the storage medium. A decoder of the read channel decodes the read sectors, and if the read sectors are incorrectly recovered from the storage medium, selected sectors of a first adjacent track and a second adjacent track are read. An ITI canceller of the read channel estimates ITI in the read sectors of the desired track corresponding to the selected sectors of each adjacent track and subtracts the estimated ITI of each adjacent track from the data for the sectors of the desired track, providing updated sector data. The ITI cancelled data is replayed to the decoder, which decodes the ITT cancelled data and provides the decoded ITI cancelled data as output of the read channel. | 01-24-2013 |

20130070362 | ENERGY-BASED INTER-TRACK INTERFERENCE CANCELLATION - Described embodiments cancel inter-track interference (ITI) from one or more sectors read from a desired track of a storage medium. A read channel reads one or more sectors in the desired track and generates one or more groups of sample values corresponding to each of the sectors. An ITI canceller estimates an ITI response and an ITI signal for each sample value corresponding to (i) a next adjacent track and (ii) a previous adjacent track. If the estimated ITI response of the previous adjacent track reaches a predetermined threshold, the ITI canceller subtracts the estimated ITI signal corresponding to the previous adjacent track from each associated sample value of the desired track. If the estimated ITI response of the next adjacent track reaches a predetermined threshold, the ITI canceller subtracts the estimated ITI signal corresponding to the next adjacent track from each associated sample value of the desired track. | 03-21-2013 |

20130223199 | STORAGE MEDIA INTER-TRACK INTERFERENCE CANCELLATION - Described embodiments provide a method of cancelling inter-track interference (ITI) from one or more sectors read from a desired track of a storage medium. A read channel reads sectors in a desired track of the storage medium. An iterative decoder of the read channel decodes the read sectors, and if the read sectors are incorrectly recovered from the storage medium, selected sectors of a first adjacent track are read. An ITI canceller of the read channel estimates ITI in the read sectors of the desired track corresponding to the selected sectors of the adjacent track and subtracts the estimated ITI of the adjacent track from the data for the sectors of the desired track, providing updated sector data. The ITI cancelled data is replayed to the iterative decoder, which decodes the ITI cancelled data and provides the decoded ITI cancelled data as output data of the read channel. | 08-29-2013 |