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Chipmaker Valens Lays Off 30 People

Chipmaker Valens Lays Off 30 People

The layoffs are part of a reorganization process meant to bring the company to profitability within the next two years, says CEO

Meir Orbach | 11:10  26.11.2019

Israel-based automotive chip company Valens Semiconductor Ltd. has shut down one of its audio-video projects and fired 30 of its 300 employees. Valens CEO Dror Jerushalmi confirmed the details in an interview with Calcalist Monday, stating the layoffs were part of a reorganization process meant to bring the company to profitability within the next two years.

Founded in 2006 and based in Hod Hasharon, a town in central Israel, Valens manufactures semiconductor products for the delivery of uncompressed HD multimedia content for the automotive, industrial, and consumer electronics markets.
Valens CEO Dror Jerushalmi. Photo: Orel Cohen Valens CEO Dror Jerushalmi. Photo: Orel Cohen Valens CEO Dror Jerushalmi. Photo: Orel Cohen
Valens raised $167 million to date from investors including Goldman Sachs, Samsung, and Oppenheimer Asset Management.

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In 2016, Valens signed a collaboration agreement with German automaker Daimler AG to implement its chips in Mercedes vehicles by 2020.
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