Google Chip Design Team Coming to Israel

The brand logo Google is seen outside its office in Beijing, China. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo)

Google is “doubling down” on its chip making, and the doubling down will be in Israel, Globes said on Monday.

Google announced the appointment of Uri Frank as VP engineering for server chip design and said that, “he will lead a design team focused on systems on chip (SOCs) in Israel.”

Frank came to Google from Intel, which he left a month ago shortly after being promoted to corporate VP design and engineering group after previously leading the core and client development group, a force of 2,000 employees in Israel, the U.S. and India.

Google says it is focusing on systems on chip (SoC), where “multiple functions sit on the same chip, or on multiple chips inside one package instead of motherboards.”

Google added, “The future of cloud infrastructure is bright, and it’s changing fast. As we continue to work to meet computing demands from around the world, today we are thrilled to welcome Uri Frank as our VP of Engineering for server chip design. Uri brings nearly 25 years of custom CPU design and delivery experience, and will help us build a world-class team in Israel.”

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Statistics said that the unemployment rate has dropped slightly since Israel began exiting its third lockdown last month.

While the rate stood at 18.4% in February, it is now 16.7% — 698,500 Israelis without work or on unpaid leave, the vast majority of them due to the pandemic and disruptions it has caused to the economy.

The data also shows some 131,000 Israelis haven’t worked at all since March 2020, when the country’s first lockdown was imposed.

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