Now official: NVIDIA buys ARM chip developer from SoftBank for $ 40 billion

Yesterday, the world's largest publications announced that NVIDIA was buying the British developer of ARM chips from SoftBank, and

American companies have officially announced this today.

What is known

The amount of the transaction was not disclosed, but according to informationBloomberg, NVIDIA will pay SoftBank Group Corp $ 40 billion for the company itself, including $ 21.5 billion in shares and $ 12 billion in cash. Also SoftBank could receive an additional $ 5 billion in cash or stock if ARM develops according to the previous strategy. In addition, the report states that ARM employees will pay out $ 1.5 billion in NVIDIA shares. The process of signing the deal will take about 18 months. During this time, NVIDIA must obtain approval from the UK, European Union, US and China special regulatory agencies.

The headquarters of the British chip developer will remain in Cambridge. There NVIDIA plans to create a world-class artificial intelligence laboratory.

In an interview with Forbes, NVIDIA CEOJensen Huang said the company's first priority after the acquisition will be "bringing NVIDIA technology across the vast ARM network." But this will not affect the current ARM licensing model in any way.

“ARM's business model is great. We will maintain an open licensing model and customer neutrality, serving any industry worldwide, and will continue to expand our portfolio of ARM IP licenses with the world's best GPUs and NVIDIA artificial intelligence technologies, ”added Huang.

If you, suddenly, did not know, then ARMdevelops chips for processors that are used in many smartphones, including Apple and Samsung. It was founded in 1990. In July 2016, the manufacturer was acquired by the Japanese holding SoftBank. The amount of the deal was not disclosed then, but according to rumors, 32 billion US dollars were laid out for it.

Source: NVIDIA (1,2), Bloomberg, Forbes

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