Nvidia would be on the verge of winning the big Arm cup. According to the Wall Street Journal, SoftBank, the owner of Arm, and the GPU specialist would be agreed on the amount that the latter will have to pay him: more than 40 billion dollars! Which would make it the biggest acquisition of the year across all sectors, and possibly the largest in history in the semiconductor market.
The deal would include cash and shares. With such a valuation, the Japanese conglomerate would largely recoup its costs, since SoftBank had acquired Arm $ 32 billion Four years ago. The operation could be formalized in the course of next week, if no last minute obstacle comes to call everything into question.
With Arm in his bag, Nvidia would become a (very) heavyweight in the industry. It will nevertheless be necessary to succeed in the obstacle course of the regulators and to convince the competition authorities that Arm’s customers will be as well served as Nvidia will be (read: Nvidia is in talks to buy Arm). Apple and much of the computer industry use Arm processor designs for their own chips.