European Exascale Chip Designer SiPearl Opens 5th Center in Grenoble

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Maisons-Laffitte (France), Sept. 28, 2021 – SiPearl, whose mission is to design a high performance, low-power microprocessor for European exascale supercomputers, has opened a design center in Grenoble, France, with the goal of recruiting 50 engineers on site by the end of 2022.

Following SiPeal facilities in Maisons-Laffitte, Duisburg, Barcelona and Sophia Antipolis, SiPearl’s Grenoble site is an important recruitment pool for semiconductor technologies and HPC.

“It was obvious that SiPearl should open a center in Grenoble, the heart of European Silicon Valley,” said Philippe Notton, SiPearl CEO and founder. “It locates us close to several of our partners in the European Processor Initiative consortium and, more importantly, accelerates our recruitment strategy by allowing us to seek out the experts in semiconductor technologies and high-performance computing where they are located. By joining us, they will take on the most exciting challenge in European electronics: designing the microprocessor that will contribute to Europe’s sovereignty and technological independence.”

SiPearl’s Grenoble design center is located at 155-157 cours Berriat. The company is targeting senior and junior engineering positions in microprocessor design, including engineers for digital design, verification, layout, DFT, process and production.

Created by Philippe Notton, SiPearl is working to “bring to life the European Processor Initiative (EPI) project,” with a “new generation of microprocessors will enable Europe to set out its technological sovereignty on the strategic markets for high performance computing, (HPC) artificial intelligence and connected mobility.” The company plans to market its solutions through close collaboration with its 27 EPI partners — scientific community, supercomputing centres and companies from the IT, electronics and automotive industries. It is supported by the European Union. SiPearl is also a member of the Mont-Blanc 2020 consortium to equip Europe with a dedicated modular and energy-efficient high performance computing microprocessor.