Talks between NVIDIA and SoftBank for the purchase of Arm have entered "advanced phase", according to Bloomberg sources. Apparently the two companies have found an agreement in principle and want to finalize the agreement within a few weeks; It is worth mentioning that SoftBank had bought the British company for $ 31 billion some four years ago. It appears that NVIDIA has no other competitors, at least for now. Apple was also initially asked, but said she was not interested.
NVIDIA is a client of Arm: it uses the designs of its processors as the basis for the SoCs of the NVIDIA Tegra line, for example, which we find on board products such as SHIELD TV and also the Nintendo Switch portable console. If the deal came to an end, many observers say, it would be one of the largest and most striking ever in the semiconductor sector, and would probably be subject to extensive Antitrust investigations all over the world.
It is very difficult to determine how much NVIDIA could pay for Arm, which designs the architectures on which all the mobile chips on the market are based – from Qualcomm Snapdragon to Huawei HiSilicon, from Apple Ax to MediaTek. By the way, the computer world is also starting (very slowly) to move towards ARM and abandon x86 / x64. All this to say that Arm is increasingly crucial for the tech world, and therefore it is legitimate to assume that its value has only gone up.