SoftBank is rumored to be researching the sale of ARM – the British chip designer that powers almost every major mobile processor from companies such as Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung and Huawei – and has now perhaps found a buyer. Nvidia is reportedly in “advanced talks” to buy ARM in a deal worth more than $ 32 billion, according to Bloomberg,,
Nvidia is said to be the only company involved in specific discussions with SoftBank about the purchase at the time, and a deal could be reached “in the next few weeks”, although nothing has been finalized yet. If the deal does pass, it will be one of the biggest deals in the computer chip business and is likely to attract intense regulatory scrutiny.
SoftBank bought ARM in 201
Nvidia would make an interesting owner for ARM – while the company is a leader in GPUs (which ARM also designs), it has little to do with the design of the processor or mobile hardware beyond its line of Tegra mobile chipsets (most famously used by Nintendo Switch and the Nvidia Shield line of plug-ins), which are actually based on ARM designs.
Owning ARM would give Nvidia far more power over the broader computing world and is likely to provoke heavy regulatory scrutiny, given that Nvidia is an ARM customer that competes with other companies that also rely on ARM projects.