Company overview


Kalray was founded in 2008 as a spin-off from the CEA (the French Department of Energy lab), one the largest research labs in Europe, capitalizing on over 50 years of research and development on new architecture processors.

Kalray is a fabless semiconductor company and a pioneer in developing a new generation of extreme-computing, low-power and low-latency microprocessors. Kalray’s processors are at the heart of the artificial intelligence revolution, designed to fuel the next generation of intelligent embedded systems such as smart storage servers and autonomous vehicles. The intelligent processor market is believed to be worth several billions by 2020.

Today, Kalray employs over 65 employees across its Grenoble headquarters (France), its North American branch in Los Altos, California, USA and in Tokyo, Japan. Kalray is backed by prominent financial partners as well as large corporate venture funds, such as European aerospace champion Safran.


Power the new generation of intelligent devices with a unique high-performance, low-power and time-critical processor solution, the MPPA®.

Product information


The foundations of Kalray’s solutions lie in its manycore architecture, the MPPA® (Massively Parallel Processor Array). This breakthrough technology, protected by over 20 patents, addresses the issues raised by the new generation of intelligent systems:

  • Extreme computing
  • Low-power consumption
  • Real-time processing
  • Full programmability
  • Support of complex systems running multiple critical functions


The Kalray processors are at the core of the new generation of intelligent systems in need of intensive, real-time computing. Kalray is presently focused on two main markets:

  • Data centers : Kalray’s processors enable new-generation intelligent storage systems and networking cards
  • Embedded intelligent systems such as autonomous vehicles

By 2020, the commercial potential of these markets is estimated at $ 3,25 billion with the emergence of artificial intelligence and rapid memory storage (Sources: Gartner/IDC).

Meet CEO Eric Baissus

Eric Baissus has graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Télécommunications (Paris, France). For 8 years, he has led the development of chip design and reference solutions at Texas Instruments.

In 2002, he co-founded Open-Plug, a leading software company aimed at facilitating the development of middleware and applications (which it did for millions of mobile devices worldwide), and led the company until its acquisition by Alcatel-Lucent in 2010. Thereupon he became VP R&D of Alcatel-Lucent Application Enablement Business and some time later, took over the position of VP Social Com and Innovation in Palo Alto, USA.

Eric joined Kalray in 2014 as CEO. He is passionate about turning high-tech innovation into business and occupies several board positions.

Kalray in the news







In June 2017, Kalray has announced the completion of a new round of funding that will total $ 26 million. Safran (through its subsidiary, Safran Ventures) and Pengpai have joined prior investors ACE Management, CEA Investissement, EUREKAP!, Héléa Financière and Inocap Gestion.

Kalray, which has raised over $ 65 million in capital and public funding, has been using the capital to accelerate the commercial exploitation of its current solutions, to strengthen its commercial network internationally and to launch the development of its third-generation microprocessor, the MPPA® Coolidge, set to be released in 2018.

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