Who exactly does the arm for the price belong to? At present, NVIDIA is the most interesting, and most likely to win, Samsung is said to be seriously considering, and Apple is not cold at all. Hermann Hauser, the co-founder of ARM, has also made his case, and in his view it would be a disaster if NVIDIA bought ARM.
“One of the fundamental pillars of ARM’s business model is that it can be sold to anyone,” Hauser told the BBC. SoftBank is not a chip company, so arm is neutral. Most of ARM’s licensed companies are competitors to NVIDIA, and if it becomes part of NVIDIA, they will surely look for alternatives to ARM. “
The list is obviously long: Intel, Apple, Qualcomm, TSMC, Samsung…
Mr Hauer argues that the UK government should step in in time to bring the Cambridge-based business back to home and then put it on public.
To date, NVIDIA has remained silent and has not commented on the acquisition of ARM.