Briefs: Database-mgmt. co. granted two patents+

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Database-management company NeoCore LLC was granted two patents last December by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The Colorado Springs-based company’s patent for its method of performing a sliding-window search allows digital-pattern processing (DPP) to search for multiple and varying signatures – such as a word in a text file – at split-second speed. This technology also expedites wild-card searches when the computer doesn’t know where to look. It does so by allowing the user to search for multiple pieces of information that share a similarity. It is designed for searching large bodies of data, anywhere from a megabyte to hundreds of gigabytes at once, rather than traditional linear searches, said Ken Whittington, senior vice president of extensible markup language (XML) products at NeoCore. The bigger the information-processing problem appears, the better the product performs, he said.

DPP provides three-dimensional content scanning, Whittington added. With one-dimensional scanning, one piece of information is sought. With two-dimensional scanning, many items are sought simultaneously of the same width. Three-dimensional scanning involves many items at varying widths. For example, addresses usually vary in length. Traditional search methodologies perform poorly on this kind of search.

NeoCore’s second patent, “Method and System of Network Packet Accounting,” describes a NeoCore technology application to network equipment.

“We search data so fast, we can intelligently account for network traffic without perceivable network-performance degradation,” said Whittington.

NeoCore’s DPP allows users unlimited flexibility by removing constraints on data types on any application. For example, NeoCore is focused on applying DPP to process XML information. Enterprises that extend information-processing systems across the Internet to suppliers and customers typically use this type of software, said Whittington. This translates into greater efficiency and, thus, cost savings. It is based on a technique that generates icons for raw data and matches them with known patterns.

“We can further protect our interest in digital processing,” said Whittington. “We can now base applications on DPP and XML and feel confident to move forward in high-speed XML processing.”

Ramtron saves a few more bytes

Semiconductor memory giant Ramtron International Corp. broke ground in late February with the announcement of its nonvolatile logic.

The Colorado Springs-based company developed its ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) technology in 1992. About one-and-a-half years ago, it began designing a nonvolatile system so that standard logic would remember its last activity when power is discontinued. The system saves the last bits of information entered before shutdown and immediately restores itself upon power-up. Current end-market products with programmable and standard memory include computers, smart homes and entertainment equipment. The system is now ready for marketing.

“Its applications are broad,” said Mike Alwais, marketing director for Ramtron. “It can extend into any kind of electronic equipment … anything with a front panel could take advantage of this product.”

So far, Ramtron has received nearly 50 requests for samples from companies interested in the product. This new technology could be utilized for either memory or logic, said Alwais. The advantages for companies to switch to nonvolatile logic include lower costs, faster writing capability, higher endurance and virtually no risk of degradation.

Ramtron (Nasdaq: RMTR), located at 1850 Ramtron Drive, employs 25 people but utilizes offshore manufacturing companies. Wafers are fabricated in Japan and are then shipped to Thailand, where the product is put in packets before being shipped to the warehouse in the Springs.

“It opens up an entirely new market for Ramtron and gets us into a large and important market,” said Alwais. “(It) also opens up a category of products we have an opportunity to be a leader in. (It’s a) potential home run.”

Quickstream on track

Quickstream Software Inc. expanded its business this week with Seagate Technology, allowing Seagate’s 2,500 business partners to take advantage of Quickstream’s e-content management platform. Previously, Quickstream had only 500 customers.

“The system we deployed for them will now be used by a much larger audience of people,” said Sholom Migash, director of marketing for Quickstream.

This platform technology product gives Scotts Valley, Calif.-based Seagate and its nearly 30 partners the capability to exchange information over the Internet securely and provide versioning (restore previous versions) and tracking (see who made what changes) capabilities over those files as well.

Security is the primary issue for Quickstream’s customers. For example, when one company negotiates with another company over the Internet, privacy and security are paramount to a successful business venture, said Migash. Quickstream’s platform allows companies, such as Seagate, to build an extranet so a company can log on with privacy. Contracts, schedules, and other privileged pieces of information can remain confidential. The platform also offers a version history (who makes changes and when) as well as search capabilities.

Quicksearch’s platform also offers a customizable interface design that can be modified based on the buyers’ requests or needs. Identified as “re-skinning,” the buyer’s look and feel can be imposed on the product interface, giving the buyer the ability to control their customers’ user experience. Most companies that provide this platform cannot provide re-skinning, said Migash.

Quickstream, a privately held business based in Colorado Springs since its inception in 1997, employs about 25 people. Twenty are based in the Springs with the remaining employees working in Chicago, Washington D.C., and Denver.

Seagate manufactures hard disk drives for companies such as Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, EMC and Gateway.

Suslow strikes out alone

Steve Suslow, vice president of media sales at USA.Net Inc., left the company Wednesday to break ground for an online advertising and marketing venture.

“The opportunity and timing couldn’t be better,” he said, adding, “The value I bring to the table is a relative understanding on how to drive revenue online.”

With Nasdaq “getting crushed” and dot-com companies going out of business, this opens opportunities for his business, he said. His company can help these businesses get back on track.

“Over $8 billion will be spent on online marketing and advertising this year,” he said. “We will work with sites and show them how to get a piece of that.”

A couple of years ago, dot-com businesses knew how to generate that business. Times have changed and the field has shifted. Many businesses haven’t learned how to adjust to the changing business environment; his company will show them how to do that, he said.

His new company, Revenize Inc., will provide services and applications for Web publishers with advertisers and direct marketers. The focus is to help one leverage the other, he said.

During Suslow’s five-year tenure at global e-messaging service provider USA.Net, he was responsible for crafting all revenue-generating programs, including advertising sales, strategic sales and any promotional activity.