Imaging page-oriented optical data storage, with its high bit packing density and many parallel readout channels, offers a solution for high capacity data storage with fast data transfer rate. As in any data storage system, increasing the packing density increases the effect of inter-symbol interference (ISI) and inter-page interference (IPI). We describe a combination of modulation encoding/decoding and error correction that overcomes this interference allowing high packing density in the presence of noise while maintaining acceptable bit error rate (BER). We also describe an extension of the algorithm to multi-level (grayscale) encoding.
We propose a new method to determine dynamically the threshold in volumetric (3D) page-oriented optical data storage (PODS) systems that use an incoherent (non-holographic) imaging format. In these systems, the inter-symbol interference (ISI) and inter-page interference (IPI) that occurs with very high data packing density are two major sources of error during data retrieval. Traditional readout systems based on a fixed binary decision threshold provide poor results. Our variable threshold detection method identifies the amount of interference from three dimensions for each data element (pixel) and adjusts the threshold value based on that information. In simulation results, the variable threshold method exhibits significant improvement over traditional detection methods.
We describe equalization and detection techniques that overcome both inter-page interference (IPI) and intersymbol interference (ISI) in volumetric (3D) page-oriented optical data storage (PODS) systems.