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Nvidia's plans to acquire leading smartphone UK chip designer Arm look to be unraveling

Nvidia's plans to acquire Arm looks to be in trouble. (Image: wccftech)
Nvidia's plans to acquire Arm looks to be in trouble. (Image: wccftech)
Nvidia’s plans to acquire UK-based chip designer Arm in a deal worth US$40 billion looks like it could be unraveling. A security assessment undertaken by the UK government has raised national security concerns. This follows suggestions that other regulators, including the European Commission could also terminate the deal.

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Nvidia’s plans to acquire UK-based chip designer Arm looks like it could be in serious trouble on multiple fronts. Arm designs the architecture that underpins almost the entire smartphone market globally, with key licensees including Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek and others. Nvidia also currently licences and designs its own SoCs predominantly for the automotive industry, but also for Nintendo’s Switch console and data centers. 

The latest potential roadblock to the US$40 billion deal is a security assessment recently completed by the UK government that raises national security concerns. According to Bloomberg, the UK government is leaning towards rejecting Nvidia’s bid to buy Arm from current owner, Japan’s SoftBank. However, it is possible the UK government could still give the deal the go ahead if certain conditions are met.

Earlier in the year, Qualcomm lodged its objections to the deal as it views Nvidia as being a competitor in the Arm-based SoC market and, naturally, doesn’t want to see Nvidia gain a competitive advantage from the deal. Qualcomm also claims it is possible that Nvidia could even go as far as to terminate its current licensing deal, should the deal go ahead. Regulators in other countries are also scrutinizing the deal closely with the European Commission, another potential hurdle for Nvidia that may prove insurmountable.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1289 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-08- 5 (Update: 2021-08- 5)