Takeover: NVIDIA Is Reportedly In Talks To Buy ARM For Over $32 Billion
Nvidia is reportedly interested in buying the Softbank owned British chipmaker ARM. Bloomberg reports that both parties are in “advanced talks” with a deal worth over $32 billion being mooted.
SoftBank had bought ARM in 2016 for $31 billion, and since then its designs have become more critical to Android and iOS devices alike, increasing its value.
A scenario that highlights this is Apple’s recent decision to switch its Mac PCs to ARM-based chipsets. Already, Microsoft makes an ARM-based Surface and a version of Windows designed for ARM.
SoftBank might be looking at pay off its massive pile of debt and selling ARM especially with its value may help it achieve the aim and ease investor concerns.
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At the moment, Nvidia is reportedly the only company serious about purchasing ARM. Bloomberg reports that a deal could arrive “in the next few weeks,” however, nothing is concrete yet.
The deal is potentially one of the largest deals ever in the computer chip business and would likely attract regulatory scrutiny and for genuine reason.
Many of NVIDIA’s rivals rely on ARM’s designs which makes owning the company a trigger for antitrust concerns. ARM already designs chips that power nearly every major mobile processor. It has other chipmakers like Qualcomm, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., and Intel as clients. ARM also has companies like Apple, Huawei, and Samsung on its clientele.
A deal might simply give NVIDIA a lot more influence in the computing world than rivals might be ready to give up.
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