Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Softbank putting ARM up for sale is a complicated matter concerning most Top Tech Firms that Depend on ARM Processors for their Devices." One part of our report noted: "Has any notable company shown an interest in ARM at this early stage? Yes, NVIDIA has. It's being reported today that Nvidia made an approach in recent weeks about a potential deal for Cambridge, England-based Arm." Today we're learning that NVIDIA emerge as the new owner of Softbank if negotiations stay on track.
Bloomberg is reporting today that "Nvidia Corp. is in advanced talks to acquire Arm Ltd., the chip designer owned by SoftBank Group Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.
The two parties aim to reach a deal in the next few weeks, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. Nvidia is the only suitor in concrete discussions with SoftBank, according to the people.
A deal for Arm could be the largest ever in the semiconductor industry, which has been consolidating in recent years as companies seek to diversify and add scale. Cambridge, England-based Arm’s technology underpins chips in products including Apple Inc. devices and connected appliances. SoftBank acquired the business for $32 billion in 2016.
Any deal with Nvidia, which is a customer of Arm, would likely trigger regulatory scrutiny as well as a wave of opposition from other users of the company’s technology. For more on this read the Bloomberg report titled "Nvidia in Advanced Talks to Buy SoftBank’s Chip Company Arm" found on their technology homepage today.
Apple for unknown reasons hasn't supported Nvidia graphics cards for what seems like forever and no one has an official position on this from Apple. If Nvidia does acquire ARM, you have to wonder if ARM could delay approvals or make negotiations difficult for Apple. Not enough to be illegal, but enough that could delay a product.
Though in the end, business is business and because Nvidia will be under scrutiny, any fallout between Apple will have to be put on the back burner.