Colorado: highest tech worker concentrations

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For seven years in a row, Colorado has been ranked as having the highest concentration of tech workers in the nation, according to the American Electronics Association.

Data for 2004 shows that of every 1,000 private-sector workers, 88.7 were employed in the high-tech industry.

Colorado’s high tech workers earn an average salary of $76,000, the AeA study found. The state’s high-tech payroll amounted to $12.2 billion in 2004.

The study also found that Colorado fared well in attracting venture capital investment. The state saw a $197 million increase in venture capital investment between 2004 and 2005, putting it in third place behind California and New York.

Configuresoft launches ECM

Configuresoft has released ECM (Enterprise Configuration Manager) for Microsoft Exchange, an add-on module that offers centralized visibility of configuration management, security and operational compliance across exchange servers.

Features of the new software include:

  • Enterprise view of exchange data and activity from a single dashboard, increasing visibility, security and IT operational efficiencies.
  • Compliance assessment against corporate policy and exchange security hardening guides on mailbox, public folder, and distribution group attributes and permissions, as well as exchange server configurations.
  • Permissions and assignment of powerful administrative rights such as “send as” for mailboxes and public folders.
  • Assessment of storage capacity and user utilization through analytics to make informed decisions on user and mailbox storage policy, storage
    capacity requirements and over allocations.
  • E-mail storage utilization trending at the enterprise, storage group and mail store levels for proactive management, ensuring continuous service
    availability and effective disaster recovery strategies.

Spectranetics board -1

Spectranetics Corp. board director Cornelius C. Bond Jr., 72, is retiring after 20 years of service.

He joined the board of Advanced Intervential Systems in 1986. The company merged with Spectranetics in 1994.

Upon Bond’s retirement, the board will consist of seven directors, a majority of which are independent. The board does not currently intend to fill the vacancy created by Bond’s retirement.

Spectranetics is a medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets single-use medical devices used in minimally invasive surgical procedures within the cardiovascular system in conjunction with its proprietary excimer laser system.

PCI Broadband expands

Internet service provider PCI Broadband Inc. has acquired another local service provider, Peak Broadband Inc..

“With the purchase of Peak Broadband, PCI is focused on tapping into the Colorado Springs business market,” said David Wainwright, president of PCI Broadband.

PCI has been in Colorado Springs for more than 10 years and has 7,000 Internet customers. In addition to a primary client focus on residential internet, PCI will take over Peak Broadband’s business customers, a primary reason for the purchase.

Peak Broadband was previously owned by Andy Meng, Davin Neubacher and Shawn Morland.

Meng also owns Infront Webworks, a Colorado Springs-based Web site development, hosting and marketing agency. Neubacher and Moreland are the co-owners of Navakai Inc, a network integration and IT support company.

Owens signs biotech bill

Gov. Bill Owens has signed a bioscience bill that will support the creation of a grant program.

The bill provides $2 million for a Bioscience Discovery Grant Program that will help improve and expand the evaluation of bioscience discoveries at research institutions. The intent is to accelerate development of products and services.

The legislation establishes an application process for grants of up to $150,000 for each project. The investment occurs before the technologies are licensed or sold to a commercial company.

Funding is limited to technology transfer offices of research institutions.

First FRAM microcontroller

Ramtron International Corp., a developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has launched the VRS51L3074, the market’s first 8051-based microcontroller with nonvolatile FRAM memory.

“The VRS51L3074 represents an advance that could fundamentally alter the microcontroller landscape by providing all the advantages of FRAM on an MCU,” said Irv Lustigman, general manager of Ramtron Canada. “This is the first in a series of planned products leading to a microcontroller based entirely on FRAM, where FRAM will be used for program, data and register memory, eliminating the need for flash altogether.”

FRAM simplifies the design cycle by eliminating the code overhead accompanying flash data storage. Unlike flash, FRAM bytes can be modified without first erasing an entire sector, making it easier to use, and FRAM provides virtually unlimited read/write cycles and fast data writes.

The VRS51L3074 combines 8KB of FRAM memory with a fully-integrated, high-performance system-on-chip.

Ramtron International Corp. is headquartered in Colorado Springs.

Amy Gillentine covers technology for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.