Longmont-based Cornice said on Wednesday that it has received $51 million in a second round of venture financing, bringing the total to $81 million. The hefty investment is an indication that and that .
"With the additional financing and very high, sustained interest in the Cornice Storage Element from leading electronic device manufacturers, we are confident that the company has tapped into a market need that has been unmet for some time," Cornice CEO Kevin Magenis said in a statement.
The Cornice Storage Element is a 1-inch drive that holds two gigabytes of storage. It is designed to appeal to manufacturers of products such as video cameras, music players and Global Positioning System devices.
Several makers of hard drives are finding a storage role for their products in devices other than computers. Toshiba makes the hard drives that run the popular iPod music player from Apple Computer, for example, and a. Hitachi also manufactures larger drives for other music players, including a player from Dell. In addition, hard-disk drives are used in digital video recording (DVR) machines, which record television programs and pause live broadcasts.
Cornice's windfall may be a sign that venture capitalists are warming up to the technology industry again. The amount of VC investment in tech companiesfrom the third to the fourth quarter of 2003, according to a recent VentureOne report. For the entire year, however, investment money flowing into tech companies dropped for the third consecutive year, from $12.6 billion in 2002 to $9.3 billion in 2003, according to the report.
Previous investors CIBC Capital Partners, Nokia Venture Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners contributed to Cornice's second round. BA Venture Partners and GIC Special Investments also made investments.