Assessing NVIDIA’s Opportunities, Challenges, and Options for Acquiring Arm

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By Malik Saadi | 3Q 2020 | IN-5933

 

Softbank Confirms NVIDIA's Acquisition of Arm

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Earlier this week, SoftBank confirmed it had reached an agreement with NVIDIA on Arm, under which NVIDIA will acquire the British semiconductor and processor design company in a deal valued at US$40 billion. SoftBank acquired Arm in 2016 for an outstanding value of US$32 billion. In the meantime, Arm has made several acquisitions in excess of US$1 billion, including Apical, an imaging company specializing in computer vision, Allinea, a software tool provider targeting High-Performance Computing (HPC) devices, and Treasure Data, a device management software company targeting the enterprise sector.

However, to complete this acquisition, NVIDIA still needs approval from several regulators around the world, as well as from Arm’s Intellectual Property (IP) licensees, which include major chipset makers competing with NVIDIA across multiple markets. So, the deal should not be considered done until all parties concerned give thei...

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