US gaming and computer graphics giant Nvidia announced Tuesday that it will continue to expand its business in Israel and is preparing to hire 1,000 engineers to join the team, which already includes about 3,000 people working at the company’s research and development centers across the country.
The new recruits will support Nvidia’s advanced R&D products and services in Israel, including high-speed networking and HPC (high-performance computing) technology, DPU (data processing unit) design, artificial intelligence research and software architecture.
In 2020, Nvidia acquired the Israeli company Mellanox Technologies Ltd, the maker of high-speed server and storage switching solutions used in supercomputers worldwide for about 7 7 billion, adding about 1,000 employees to its operations in Israel.
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Earlier this year, Nvidia also created a new design and engineering group capable of leading the development of next-generation processors (central processing units, or CPUs) ready for artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and Nvidia’s new omniverse platform. Simulation
Further expansion, Nvidia said Tuesday, will include 1,000 new recruits by the end of the year for hardware, software, architecture and other engineering roles.
Nvidia’s R&D operations in Israel are currently the company’s largest outside the United States. The company employs 3,000 people in seven research and development centers, from Yokonium, Melanox headquarters, to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ranana and Bersheba in the south.
In November, the company unveiled new partnerships and a series of products, some of which were made in Israel, further highlighting the country’s growing role in the company.
“The continued expansion of our research and development center here demonstrates Nvidia’s confidence in Israel’s talent resources,” said Gideon Rosenberg, Nvidia’s vice president for human resources in Israel, in a statement. “We are hiring a wide range of technical staff who will be instrumental in working with our global team to develop groundbreaking products and solutions. A
In addition to its R&D activities, Nvidia also runs the Nvidia Inception program for startups, an accelerator that works with hundreds of start-up companies, including 350 Israeli startups, and the Nvidia Developer program, which gives developers free access to Nvidia’s offers.
The American company, founded in 1993 by Jensen Huang, Chris Malachoski and Curtis Prim as a graphics chip company, invented the graphics processing unit (GPU), a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence today.
Nvidia’s market cap is about $ 465 billion (as of May 2022), compared to rival Intel Corp’s $ 181.14 billion (also as of May 2022), and replaces the latter as the largest chipmaker. American, and the world’s second largest, after Taiwanese TSMC.
Intel took a step towards increasing its semiconductor capacity with a planned acquisition of Israeli firm Tower Semiconductor for 5.4 billion earlier this year. The Israeli company manufactures analog semiconductor chips for the consumer, industrial, automotive, mobile, infrastructure, medical, aerospace and defense sectors.
Both Nvidia and Intel have research and development centers in Israel and they are competing for the same talent pool. This competition should intensify with the entry of Google into the race. The U.S. search engine giant said last year that it was forming a chipmaking team led by a former Intel Israel executive.
Nvidia has been active in Israel for over a decade, selling its processors locally, partnering with start-ups such as Zebra Medical (acquired by Nanox), Deep Instinct and Rocketrick, and setting up research and development units.