In July, Patently Apple released a report that Nvidia was in Advanced Talks to Acquire ARM. The report noted that the two parties aimed to reach an agreement within the next few weeks. “Furthermore, the report noted that any agreement with Nvidia is likely to trigger regulatory scrutiny as well as a wave of opposition from other users of the company’s technology, including Apple, Qualcomm, Broadcom and others.
A few hours ago, Bloomberg reported that Nvidia could be a week away from announcing its acquisition of SoftBank Corps chipmaker ARM Ltd. Two sources close to the case have said that “The companies have discussed an agreement that will value Arm at about $ 40 billion in cash and shares.”
WSJournal also reported today that the agreement would be sealed as early as this week.
An agreement for Arm may be the largest ever in the semiconductor industry, which has been consolidated in recent years as companies seek to diversify and add scale. For more on this, read the full Bloomberg report.
With ‘Apple Silicon’ now in use using ARM technology, Apple will stay on top of the acquisition of ARM to ensure that costs do not rise dramatically under the next owner.
Nvidia is one of the world’s largest computer chip companies, specializing in powerful chips used for computer graphics, data centers, automobiles and artificial intelligence. ARM had begun to enter the data center market, mainly through Amazon’s huge cloud vision, but also through a series of startups. This is probably what drew Nvidia into this race for ARM.
Another report on this can be found on NYTimes.