Competition and Markets Authority Raises Questions of NVIDIA Purchase of Arm

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3Q 2021 | IN-6289


UK Government Finds Competition Concerns with NVIDIA's Purchase of Arm: This is Not Unexpected


On the 20th of August 2021, the UK Government announced that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had completed its Phase 1 review and found that NVIDIA’s proposed purchase of Arm raised competition concerns.

Arm is a UK headquartered company which supplies semiconductor intellectual property (IP) based on a specific instruction set architecture (ISA). This IP is used by semiconductor suppliers and systems-on-chip (SoC) designers to produce semiconductor chips and related products for a huge variety of applications from mobile phone handsets, computers, televisions, smart watches, and automobiles to networking equipment. The range of equipment that relies on Arm IP is staggeringly large. Arm does not manufacture these processors, instead it provides its IP for a license fee, allowing its licensees to develop their own products by customizing the ISA or by manufacturing a product using the blueprints supplied. It is a very successful business model, although many would argue that using proprietary IP to ma…

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