Four years after SoftBank bought ARM, the world’s largest mobile CPU IP licensing company, it was recently announced that ARM was selling ARM. The most likely partner is NVIDIA, although the latest news is that SoftBank will not sell ARM entirely and will consider holding a stake in ARM, or an IPO.
It follows reports that NVIDIAI is in talks to buy ARM, its UK chip design arm, from SoftBank in cash and stock, in a deal valued at more than $32bn.
SoftBank sold ARM, which is believed to have made a loss of Y700bn last year, and ARM could sell at least $32bn, up from its 2016 bid.
However, Japanese media reported that SoftBank will not sell all arm, still consider holding ARM, but also do not rule out an IPO, but in this case SoftBank will also hold a stake in ARM.
According to the source, SoftBank is in talks with NVIDIA to hold ARM shares in two ways, one is NV to buy ARM, SoftBank will acquire a stake in NVIDIA, and the other is NV and ARM to achieve a share swap, SoftBank will become the main shareholder of the combined company.