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Simona Jankowski, former Vice President at Nvidia Corp., has been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Lightmatter Inc., a chip startup focused on AI computing. Jankowski’s decision to join Lightmatter came as a result of the exciting opportunity the company presented.

Having dedicated nearly seven years to Nvidia, overseeing investor relations and strategic finance, Jankowski left the company last month. Reflecting on her departure, Jankowski expressed that Lightmatter was the only opportunity that could entice her to leave Nvidia.

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Lightmatter is at the forefront of revolutionizing computing. The startup is developing innovative technology that allows chips to communicate using light, which has the potential to greatly enhance speed and efficiency.

One of the main challenges faced by Lightmatter is scaling up the manufacturing process for its silicon photonics technology. By replacing traditional copper wire connections with optical linkages, Lightmatter aims to accelerate the adoption of this promising technology.

Despite these hurdles, Lightmatter has gained significant traction in the market. The company has already raised around $500 million from investors, including GV (formerly known as Google Ventures). With its products soon to be deployed in major data centers worldwide, Lightmatter is rapidly approaching self-sustainability.

Jankowski’s appointment as CFO is expected to further strengthen Lightmatter’s position in the industry. Her expertise in finance and strategic planning will contribute to the company’s growth and success in the AI computing boom.