In response to reports that NVIDIA is in talks with SoftBank to consider acquiring ARM, arm officials responded that “we do not comment on any “rumours” or “speculations.” Earlier reports inmedia said that both Apple and NVIDIA had expressed early interest in acquiring ARM Holdings, but Apple eventually dropped the bid because it found that ARM’s licensing business did not fit into Apple’s current business structure.
At the same time, Apple is concerned that the acquisition of ARM will make itself more hostile. After all, google, Microsoft, Amazon and many other companies rely on ARM products, and once Apple takes it, these customers will have to consider survival.
As for NVIDIA, it seems that progress on the matter is still being advanced.
Arm Holdings is understood to be focusing on IP licensing, with South Korean analysts saying that apple and Samsung’s intellectual property is mostly defensive, and that taking ARM Holdings means selling licensing, which is the edge of its reduced involvement. Also, the acquisition of ARM Holdings will require at least $30 billion, and Apple’s biggest acquisition to date is Beats, which cost $3 billion.
Of course, SoftBank is also considering listing ARM in the US, which could be valued at about $44bn. NVIDIA is now worth more than $250 billion.