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Nvidia's Share Price Dips as UK Goverment Questions $40 Billion Arm Acquisition

The UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today announced that he is asking the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate the Nvidia-Arm merger because he believes the deal could have national security implications.

CMA has until July 31 to "prepare a report on the competition and national security aspects of the proposed transaction" for the UK Secretary of State. Then it's up to the Secretary to decide if Nvidia's acquisition of Arm will be allowed to proceed.

Also at CNBC and Bloomberg.

Previously: Nvidia Considering Acquisition of ARM for Over $32 Billion
Nvidia Announces $40 Billion Acquisition of Arm Holdings
Nvidia-Branded ARM CPUs; UK Trade Union Speaks Out Against Deal
Nvidia's $40 Billion ARM Acquisition: "All but Dead"?


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Nvidia Considering Acquisition of ARM for Over $32 Billion 38 comments

Nvidia is reportedly in 'advanced talks' to buy ARM for more than $32 billion

SoftBank has been rumored to be exploring a sale of ARM — the British chip designer that powers nearly every major mobile processor from companies like Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung, and Huawei — and now, it might have found a buyer. Nvidia is reportedly in "advanced talks" to buy ARM in a deal worth over $32 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Nvidia is said to be the only company that's involved in concrete discussions with SoftBank for the purchase at this time, and a deal could arrive "in the next few weeks," although nothing is finalized yet. If the deal does go through, it would be one of the largest deals ever in the computer chip business and would likely draw intense regulatory scrutiny.

Also at Guru3D and Wccftech.

Previously:
(2020-07-12) Apple Has Built its Own Mac Graphics Processors
(2020-07-11) Nvidia's Market Cap Rises Above Intel's
(2020-06-11) ARM Faces a Boardroom Revolt as it Seeks to Remove the CEO of Its Chinese Joint Venture
(2019-10-29) Fed Up Of Playing Whac-A-Mole With Network Of Softbank-Owned Patent Holders, Intel Goes To Court


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Nvidia Announces $40 Billion Acquisition of Arm Holdings 20 comments

We had two submissions about this just-announced story.

Nvidia to buy Arm Holdings From SoftBank for $40 Billion

Nvidia to buy Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion

Chipmaker Nvidia has agreed to buy Arm Holdings, a designer of chips for mobile phones, from SoftBank in a deal worth $40 billion, the companies announced Sunday. The deal will include $21.5 billion in Nvidia stock and $12 billion in cash, including $2 billion payable at signing.

Softbank acquired Arm in 2016 for $31.4 billion in 2016 in one of its largest acquisitions ever. Arm is best known as the designer of an architecture used in chips in most mobile phones, including the Qualcomm chips used in most Android phones, as well as Apple's iPhone. Apple is also planning to shift its Mac computers from Intel chips to an Arm-based design.

Nvidia, whose chips are widely used to support graphics and artificial intelligence applications, including for self-driving vehicles, pledged that it would "continue Arm's open-licensing model and customer neutrality."

Interest in RISC-V set to skyrocket again.

Also at Bloomberg, The Verge, Tom's Hardware, and Wccftech.

Previously: Nvidia's Market Cap Rises Above Intel's
Nvidia Considering Acquisition of ARM for Over $32 Billion

Nvidia-Branded ARM CPUs; UK Trade Union Speaks Out Against Deal 9 comments

Jensen Huang Says Nvidia-Branded ARM CPUs Are a Possibility

According to comments from Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang during a conference call yesterday, we could see Nvidia-branded CPUs in the future, setting the stage for a new level of competition with Intel and AMD.

[...] However, during yesterday's briefing, Timothy Prickett Morgan from TheNextPlatform asked Jensen Huang, "Will you actually take an implementation of something like Neoverse first and make an Nvidia-branded CPU to drive it into the data center? Will you actually make the reference chip for those who just want it and actually help them run it?"

"Well, the first of all you've made an amazing observation, which is all three options are possible," Huang responded, "[...] So now with our backing and Arm's serious backing, the world can stand on that foundation and realize that they can build server CPUs. Now, some people would like to license the cores and build a CPU themselves. Some people may decide to license the cores and ask us to build those CPUs or modify ours."

"It is not possible for one company to build every single version of them," Huang continued, "but we will have the entire network of partners around Arm that can take the architectures we come up with and depending on what's best for them, whether licensing the core, having a semi-custom chip made, or having a chip that we made, any of those any of those options are available. Any of those options are available, we're open for business and we would like the ecosystem to be as rich as possible, with as many options as possible."

Nvidia's $40 Billion ARM Acquisition: "All but Dead"? 18 comments

Nvidia's US$40 billion deal to buy Arm is all but dead – it's a classic example of geopolitics killing innovation

Under normal circumstances, US tech giant Nvidia's takeover of British chip designer Arm for US$40 billion (£29 billion) would have sailed through without registering beyond the computing industry. Instead, it has made international headlines, with UK and EU monopolies regulators launching an in-depth investigation after outcry from competitors.

In effect, the deal is pretty much dead before it starts. At the heart of this lies a row about technological sovereignty. So what is going on?

[...] The biggest pushback, behind the scenes, actually appears to be from China. Ever since the US blacklisted Huawei and other semiconductor manufacturers in China, Beijing has been obsessed with becoming technically "self-sufficient".

While it works towards this goal, Arm has continued to license its chip architectures to Huawei. Arm claims that its chip technology is of British origin and therefore does not breach the US restrictions on exporting tech to a group of blacklisted Chinese companies. Thanks to this ongoing arrangement, Arm is one of the remaining enablers for China's semiconductor sector to keep pace with the outside world.

See also: ANALYSIS-Nvidia acquisition of Arm throws company into tech spat between U.S. and China

Previously: Nvidia Announces $40 Billion Acquisition of Arm Holdings
Nvidia-Branded ARM CPUs; UK Trade Union Speaks Out Against Deal


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Arm Pioneer: Nvidia's Grace CPU is Proof That It Will 'Compete Unfairly' 17 comments

Arm Pioneer: Nvidia's Grace CPU Is Proof That It Will 'Compete Unfairly'

Arm pioneer Hermann Hauser has once again criticized Nvidia's plan to acquire the semiconductor design company, with The Telegraph reporting Sunday that he believes Nvidia is "clearly showing it will compete unfairly" if the deal is approved.

Hauser's concerns reportedly centered on the Grace processor Nvidia announced at GTC 2021. The company's first Arm-based CPU will connect to high-end GPUs via NVLink, which purportedly offers data transfer speeds up to 900 GBps. That's significantly faster than other technologies—it's also exclusively available to Nvidia.

This is why Hauser told The Telegraph that he believes using a proprietary interface like NVLink could end up "locking customers into [Nvidia] products," which "clearly shows that they will compete unfairly with other Arm-based server companies such as Amazon and Fujitsu," rather than retaining Arm's neutrality.

Previously:
Nvidia-Branded ARM CPUs; UK Trade Union Speaks Out Against Deal
Nvidia's $40 Billion ARM Acquisition: "All but Dead"?
Nvidia Enters the Arms Race with Homegrown "Grace" CPUs
UK Will Investigate Nvidia's $40 Billion Arm Acquisition Attempt


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 19, @07:30PM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 19, @07:30PM (#1139475)

    Fish and chips may be your national dish, but you are irrelevant when it comes to microchips.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Monday April 19, @07:54PM (4 children)

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Monday April 19, @07:54PM (#1139488) Homepage

      Like all the other big-tech mergers, they'd be more than happy to allow it if Nvidia and ARM stamped more rainbow flags and BLM fists all over their shit, perhaps support a few more riots, maybe demonize Whitey a little bit. Perhaps Nvidia should make a few "donations" to BLM (donations which the Globohomo will launder to their preferred lawmakers and their corporate brownshirts) to grease the wheels a bit.

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by PartTimeZombie on Monday April 19, @10:54PM (2 children)

        by PartTimeZombie (4827) Subscriber Badge on Monday April 19, @10:54PM (#1139555)

        Poor scared Ethanol-fueled.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 20, @12:11AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 20, @12:11AM (#1139582)

          Fuck him. He's a whiny little bitch.

          • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 20, @12:20AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 20, @12:20AM (#1139587)

            So, whiny little bitches make your peter hard, and you want to fuck them?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 20, @02:52AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 20, @02:52AM (#1139655)

        Warning! Azuma Hazuki is so thin-skinned about your posts that the worthless bitch wants to start spam modding you.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 20, @07:29AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 20, @07:29AM (#1139739)

      Don't worry, several cases of top-notch whiskey will "soften" any "investigation" - same as anywhere in the world. And the more they deny it, the surer you can be that something was done behind the scenes...

    • (Score: 1) by fakefuck39 on Tuesday April 20, @05:06PM

      by fakefuck39 (6620) on Tuesday April 20, @05:06PM (#1139890)

      >but you are irrelevant when it comes to microchips

      and here we have it ladies and gentlemen - someone who either
      doesn't know ARM is a UK company
      or
      doesn't know how prevalent ARM processors are

      but this completely uninformed person certainly does feel angry and feels like being loud on the internet about his lack of knowledge on the basic subject he is commenting about.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 19, @08:46PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 19, @08:46PM (#1139502)

    It'll be bad for all if Nvidia gets it's greasy hands on Arm.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 19, @08:50PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 19, @08:50PM (#1139503)

    Industry is already too centralized. ARM is used in a great many computer systems worldwide and this deal puts it not only under US political influence but also under the control of an interested client. That is a major conflict of interest because Nvidia will have incentive to deal unfairly to hurt their competition.

  • (Score: 2) by kazzie on Monday April 19, @09:20PM (5 children)

    by kazzie (5309) Subscriber Badge on Monday April 19, @09:20PM (#1139516)

    This is a takeover that was announced in August last year. Why did they take almost a year to decide that it might need to be referred to the CMA?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 19, @09:45PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 19, @09:45PM (#1139523)

      The wheels of government turn slowly, and the older the government the slower they spin. It took 36 years (1776-1812) for them to figure out that "the colonies" had successfully rebelled and become a separate country. A year is fast by comparison.

      • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Tuesday April 20, @11:56AM

        by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday April 20, @11:56AM (#1139783)

        More recently Queen Elizabeth II was Queen of Ireland for a year or two (~40 years after Southern Ireland rebelled).

    • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Monday April 19, @10:34PM (2 children)

      by Snotnose (1623) on Monday April 19, @10:34PM (#1139541)

      They needed to see where the campaign contributions would be coming from next electoral cycle.

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      Having a big nose is no reason to not wear a mask. I mean, I still wear underwear....
  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 19, @10:35PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 19, @10:35PM (#1139544)

    Someone help me out here. A company incorporated in Delaware is attempting to buy assets from a company incorporated in Japan. Why does the UK think their regulatory approval matters? Have they already forgotten that they left the EU, and no one cares what they think anymore? Do they think that Nvidia won't just withdraw from the UK if that is the cost of doing the deal?

    • (Score: 2) by NateMich on Tuesday April 20, @06:17AM (1 child)

      by NateMich (6662) on Tuesday April 20, @06:17AM (#1139721)

      I see someone had marked this"troll", but honestly I have the same question.
      Wasn't Arm already sold to the Japanese?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 20, @04:38PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 20, @04:38PM (#1139865)

        "softbank"?
        i suppose that's just shuffeling money and ownership around. it doesn't really " do" anything.
        nvidia on the other hand ...
        i suppose this is thinly vailed shout out for all the nvidia competition to make their "bid" as to why it would be better for the government(!) to deny this takeover.
        expect alot of fancy dinners ... and stuff for the digital sports culture ministry.

    • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Tuesday April 20, @12:01PM

      by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday April 20, @12:01PM (#1139785)

      > Nvidia won't just withdraw from the UK

      AMD is better anyway...

      Many ARM staff are employed in UK; ARM is a patenting outfit, I couldn't figure out where their patents are registered. If you rip out half of the staff, and rip out half of the IP, what have you really got left?

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by TheRaven on Tuesday April 20, @02:57PM

      by TheRaven (270) on Tuesday April 20, @02:57PM (#1139841) Journal
      Any country has jurisdiction in this kind of thing if the company in question does business there, which is why the US, European and Chinese regulators are also involved. If the UK regulator blocks the acquisition, nVidia can still proceed, but potentially wouldn't be allowed to employ people or sell products in the UK and may have any UK assets frozen. Given that most of Arm's employees and assets are in the UK, that's a pretty big incentive to follow whatever the UK regulator says.
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  • (Score: 1) by deganee on Wednesday April 21, @05:20AM

    by deganee (3187) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 21, @05:20AM (#1140277)

    Cheers. I hope we get even more fast ARM processors every year until they take over desktops and servers.

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