US semiconductor giant Nvidia announced on Tuesday that it was expanding its R&D activities in Israel.
The company said it would establish a new design and engineering group that would lead the development of next-generation Nvidia CPUs (central processing units.) for the next technology revolutions in AI, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and virtual world simulations from Omniverse, Nvidia’s new platform.
The group will include engineers in a wide range of positions, including hardware, software, architecture, and other roles. They will join a variety of teams currently active in Israel, working on high-speed networking and HPC technologies, Nvidia’s DPU (Data Processing Unit) development, AI research and other activities
In March 2021, NoCamels reported that Nvidia planned to recruit 600 new software and hardware engineers for a variety of positions.
Nvidia invented the graphics processing unit (GPU) in 1999, redefining modern computer graphics and sparking the growth of the PC gaming market.
In recent years, Nvidia has become a leader in artificial intelligence computing with an eye on gaming, autonomous vehicles and robotics, data centers, and professional visualization. In 2020, Nvidia unveiled its A100 AI chip which founder and CEO Jensen Huang called the “ultimate instrument for advancing AI.”
Follow the acquisition of Mellanox in April 2020 for $7 billion, Nvidia in Israel has grown by nearly a third to more than 2,800 employees, with teams based in seven locations: Yokneam, Tel-Hai, Raanana, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Jerusalem, Kiryat Gat and Beersheba.
“Israel, with its unique wealth of talent, is a key player in the global tech ecosystem, and we are excited to be creating a new CPU group here. We look forward to further growing our local R&D activities both in this area and in our extensive work supporting the local ecosystem through unique programs for startups and developers,” said Michael Kagan, Chief Technology Officer of Nvidia.