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[Tom's Hardware] Report: Nvidia Approached Arm About Acquisition

Source: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/re...ut-acquisition

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Nvidia has expressed interest in acquiring Arm, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The news site's sources are anonymous and suggested that there may be other possible bidders. They also claimed that Arm parent company SoftBank may ultimately opt to sell shares of the company on the public market.
Not sure what to think of this if it did happen.

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Hope not. The less players the worse we are off as consumers. I would hope they would need approval from regulators, not to say that the regulators can't be bought as well.
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I can see the potential benefits (Arm side getting stronger position on cloud, AI, reference Arm design gets better GPU than Mali) but I think the price of acquisition far outweighs those benefits, and none of those benefits actually requires acquisition itself.

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Apple is now developing full Desktop SoCs, AMD has been for a while, Intel technically has a GPU division, Nvidia seems like the odd man out without a significant CPU division.
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NVidia developed awesome tablet with its own CPU, then it started to go crazy with its own console.

When it would stayed in tablet market with the same price and build quality, it would probably conquer the market.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Raghar View Post
NVidia developed awesome tablet with its own CPU, then it started to go crazy with its own console.

When it would stayed in tablet market with the same price and build quality, it would probably conquer the market.
They learned they could make more in the AI market with their embedded systems.

https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/autonom...on-agx-xavier/

https://www.anandtech.com/show/13584...armel-and-more
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The Tegra X1 in tablets & chromebooks is a decently powerful little chip. Makes sense that with as many of these modern SOC's that Nvidia is having produced for customers they'd find value in buying up a CPU manufacturer. Mostly this type of acquisition is for patents and currently pipelined r&d products.

I spent time working for a fortune 50 company that bought up basically any other company that had any designs or patents in the paper making sector. And my job was to convert from paper copies of engineering drawings to SAP material master documents, effectively digitizing 100 years worth of engineering work. You'd be equally amazed and baffled at how little the company cared about buying up another 500 million dollar company just for their drawings to sit in a basement..

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Quote: Originally Posted by WannaBeOCer View Post
They learned they could make more in the AI market with their embedded systems.

https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/autonom...on-agx-xavier/

https://www.anandtech.com/show/13584...armel-and-more
Seems like Nvidia is already moving to ARM reference design with Odin (Hercules cores?).

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Not surprised at all by this move. I'm more of the opinion that more players are better lest you get monopolies.

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What does this mean for other people that use ARM?

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