Nvidia May Buy SoftBank's ARM Chip Developer For $32 Billion
Japanese holding SoftBank, the owner of Arm Holdings, whose development is the basis for the chips of most modern smartphones, but its asset up for sale and now seems to have found a buyer. According to Bloomberg, NVIDIA is actively interested in the British firm.
The GPU developer expects to make a deal "within a few weeks." He is ready to pay more than $32 billion for Arm Holdings.
According to Agency sources, the negotiations are at an "advanced stage," but no agreements have yet been concluded. If the deal goes through, it will be one of the largest in the history of the computer chip business and will certainly attract the attention of regulators.
SoftBank bought Arm Holdings in 2016 for $31 billion. This company designs processor cores but does not produce the chips themselves. Its clients include IT giants such as Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung, and Huawei. For example, Microsoft is already releasing a Surface tablet on ARM chips and even a special version of Windows for ARM, and Apple recently announced that it will transfer its computers to ARM processors from Intel x86 solutions.
Nvidia is one of the market leaders in graphics processors. Many of its products, including the Tegra line of mobile chips (installed in the Nintendo Switch console and Nvidia Shield media consoles), are also based on ARM.