Founders

Dror Jerushalmi, CEO and Co-Founder

As CEO and Co-Founder of Valens Semiconductor, Dror Jerushalmi draws upon his 20 years of high level international business development and marketing management experience in the semiconductor industry to manage the company’s strategy and business. He has led Valens through its first rounding of funding, product demo milestones and the initiation of Valens’ HDBaseT™ technology as a new global digital connectivity standard.

Previously, Dror was director of business development at Saifun Semiconductor (acquired by Spansion), an Israeli provider of intellectual property (IP) solutions for the non-volatile memory (NVM) market. At Saifun, he was responsible for the sales and marketing of the licensing business and achieved new major licensing deals for the company. Before that he was vice president of marketing at Emblaze Semiconductor (acquired by Zoran Corporation), where he increased the company’s reputation from an unknown to an industry leader recognized by customers, as well as the press and analysts. During Dror’s tenure, Emblaze made a move into the China and Japan markets, signed strategic partnership agreements with market leaders in the cellular industry and defined two new products. He has also held business development and marketing management positions at Tioga and DSPG.

Dror earned both bachelor's and master's (cum laude) degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Ben-Gurion University, Israel and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Israel branch.

Massad Eyal, Vice President Research and Development and Co-Founder

With 25 years of R&D management, VLSI engineering, and mixed signal design experience, Massad Eyal manages Valens Semiconductor’s R&D and engineering activities. As a co-founder, Massad established the company and its R&D team and developed HDBaseT technology from concept to reality.

Before Valens, Massad was a co-founder of Mysticom Semiconductor, Israel, where he built the mixed signal design expertise of the company from the ground up. After Mysticom was acquired by TranSwitch, Massad held the position of director of VLSI and managed the entire team and engineering activities of TranSwitch Israel. Prior to that, he held engineering management and design positions developing mixed-signal modules at LSI Logic and at National Semiconductor.

Massad holds a bachelor's degree (cum laude) in electrical engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Eyran Lida, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Eyran’s background includes 22 years of communication systems software and hardware architecture development experience, with primary expertise in wireline hardwired DSP modem design. Eyran is the lead inventor of HDBaseT technology, and as Valens’ Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for technology and strategy development and for the company’s patent portfolio. He holds 33 US patents and is the chair of the HDBaseT Alliance Technical Committee.

Before Valens, Eyran was a co-founder of Mysticom Semiconductor, Israel, a leading supplier of high-speed communication integrated circuits. At Mysticom (acquired by TranSwitch), he held the position of director of architecture and system solutions. There, he was involved in the development of the 100BaseT, 1000BaseT and 10GBaseCX4 Ethernet Phy ICs, including major contributions to the unique patented architectures of those solutions.

Prior to that, he was at R&D (Rad Bynat Group), where he developed real-time software for IP and IPX routers.

Eyran has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Computer Science from the Hebrew University, Israel.

Gaby Gur Cohen, Director of DSP and Co-Founder

Gaby Gur Cohen has deep experience in digital signal processing (DSP) development. He previously served as DSP and algorithms group manager at Mysticom Semiconductor (acquired by TranSwitch), where he led the development of its 10/100/1000Base-T core architecture and its activities related to the 802.3.ap IEEE standard. Prior to Mysticom, he served as the DSP and algorithms group manager at DSP Group.

Gaby holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ben-Gurion University.

Nadav Banet, Director of Software & System Architecture and Co-Founder

Nadav Banet brings to Valens a deep knowledge of DVI/HDMI technologies, standards, applications and markets. He previously served as principal engineer of architecture and software at Mysticom Semiconductor (acquired by TranSwitch), where he was in charge of the company’s DVI/HDMI product line, including board design, interoperability testing and architecture design of next-generation devices. Prior to that, he was a software engineer at National Semiconductor.

Nadav holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Ben-Gurion University.

Alon Benzaray, Director of Analog & Mixed Signal and Co-Founder

Alon Benzaray has more than a decade of experience in analog and mixed-signal circuit design. He previously managed the analog group at Mysticom Semiconductor (acquired by TranSwitch), where he was responsible for all aspects of analog design, including defining design methodologies and frameworks, interacting with customers, assessing new projects and developing project plans and timelines. Prior to that, he was a circuit design engineer at National Semiconductor.

Alon holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Tel Aviv University.