Nvidia to expand R&D operations in Israel and hire 1,000 engineers

Nvidia to expand R&D operations in Israel and hire 1,000 engineers

US gaming and computer graphics giant Nvidia said on Tuesday it will further expand its operations in Israel and is preparing to hire 1,000 engineers to join the existing team of about 3,000 people working in R&D centers. company nationwide.

The new hires will support Nvidia R&D products and services being developed in Israel, including high-speed networking and HPC (high-performance computing) technologies, design of DPUs (data processing units) , research on artificial intelligence and software architecture.

In 2020, Nvidia acquired Israeli company Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a maker of high-speed servers and storage switching solutions used in supercomputers around the world, for a whopping $7 billion, adding around 1,000 employees. to its operations in Israel.

Earlier this year, Nvidia also established a new design and engineering group in Israel that leads the development of next-generation processors (central processing units) geared toward artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and technology. Nvidia’s new Omniverse platform, which enables global simulations.

The further expansion, Nvidia said on Tuesday, will include 1,000 new hires by the end of the year for positions in hardware, software, architecture and other engineering roles.

Nvidia’s R&D activities in Israel are already the company’s largest outside of the United States. The company employs some 3,000 people in seven R&D centers, from Yokne’am, Mellanox’s headquarters, to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ra’anana and Beersheba in the south.

Nvidia employees in Israel. (Courtesy)

In November, the company unveiled a range of new partnerships and products, some developed in Israel, further highlighting the country’s growing role in the organization.

“The continued expansion of our R&D center here demonstrates Nvidia’s confidence in the wealth of talent in Israel,” Gideon Rosenberg, vice president of human resources at Nvidia Israel, said in a statement. “We are recruiting a wide range of technical personnel who will play an important role in working with our global team to develop breakthrough products and solutions.”

Alongside its R&D operations, Nvidia also runs the Nvidia Inception Program for Startups, an accelerator that works with hundreds of startups, including 350 Israeli startups, and the Nvidia Developer Program, which provides free access to Nvidia offerings. for developers.

An Nvidia building in Israel. (Nvidia)

The American company, founded in 1993 by Jensen Huang, Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem as a graphics chip company, inventing the graphics processing unit (GPU), is today a leader in the field of artificial intelligence.

Nvidia has a market capitalization of around $465 billion (as of May 2022), compared to $181.14 billion (also as of May 2022) for rival Intel Corp., and has replaced the latter as the largest maker of American chips, and the second largest in the world, after Taiwan’s TSMC.

Jensen Huang, CEO and co-founder of American chipmaker Nvidia. (Courtesy)

Intel took a step toward bolstering its semiconductor capabilities earlier this year with the planned acquisition of Israel’s Tower Semiconductor for $5.4 billion. The Israeli company manufactures analog semiconductor chips for the consumer, industrial, automotive, mobile, infrastructure, medical, aerospace and defense sectors.

Both Nvidia and Intel have R&D centers in Israel and are vying for the same talent pool. This competition is set to get even tougher as Google enters the fray. The US search engine giant said last year it was setting up a chipmaking team led by a former Intel Israel executive.

Nvidia has been active in Israel for a decade, selling its processors locally; buy stakes in startups like Zebra Medical (acquired by Nanox), Deep Instinct and Rocketrick; and setting up its R&D units.

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