Nvidia has announced this week that it is expanding its activity in Israel – and will establish a new group for developing central processing units (CPUs). To that end, the company is seeking to recruit hundreds of additional engineers in the coming years.
The meaning of this move is that for the first time since it acquired Mellanox Technologies for $6.9 billion, Nvidia Israel is expanding into additional fields beyond the Mellanox products – among them data processing units (DPUs).
The new teams that will be established here, according to Nvidia, will participate in the development of CPUs Nvidia is offering for various applications, for example data centers, robotics, autonomous vehicles and the universal virtual platform Nvidia Omniverse for 3D rendering and design collaborations.
Recruitment for the new Nvidia CPU group is now underway. Its activity will be led by a local executive, who will report to the chipmaker’s headquarters in the United States.
However, Nvidia, like other companies, will have to grapple with a severe shortage of Israel of engineers in the field of chips – in the context of huge competition among technology giants that are developing chips here (Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook/Meta), chip giants (Intel, Qualcomm, Marvel, Broadcom and others) and the plethora of startups.
In the past few years, Nvidia has emerged as one of the largest employers in the local high-tech industry. After completing the acquisition of Mellanox in April of 2020, Nvidia’s activity in Israel increased by about 33 percent and currently it has more than 2,800 employees at its seven development centers in Israel: Yokneam, Tel Hai, Ra’anana, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Jerusalem, Kiryat Gat and Be’er Sheva.
Nvidia Israel does not have a sole chief, but rather several vice presidents responsible for specific areas of activity who report to the American headquarters: Ido Bukspan, vice president of chip design; Amit Krig, senior vice president for software development and Eyal Babish, senior vice president for operations and hardware engineering.
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Alongside them, another senior Israeli executive, Michael Kagan is the chief technology officer (CTO) of world Nvidia and reports directly to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. All four of them came from Mellanox. There is also artificial intelligence research activity in Israel, headed by Gal Chechik, AI research director at Nvidia, dating back to before the acquisition of Mellanox.