Arm's fate remains unclear. According to what reported by Bloomberg, the talks between NVIDIA and SoftBank, which acquired the English company in 2016, would now have entered "advanced phase". The two companies would have found an agreement in principle and would like to finalize the agreement within a few weeks.
However, according to new rumors reported by The Korea Times, there would also be a second hypothesis on the negotiating table in which Samsung could also appear, not so much for the acquisition, but to try to participate in the offer in the form of an equity investment between 3% and 5%.
According to Objective Analyst Jim Handy, the acquisition of Arm by a single company would be somewhat unlikely due to the obvious difficulty in obtaining approval from the various fair trade commissions. Doubts would also arise as to whether Nvidia may have sufficient financial resources to become an independent buyer. Market sources believe the deal could be worth around $ 40 billion.
The alternative hypothesis, therefore, would see a consortium led by several companies belonging to the semiconductor sector and Samsung could be one of these. The source of the indiscretions says that the involvement of the South Korean company could be similar to when in 2012 it acquired 3% of the Dutch group ASML the only supplier for lithographic equipment based on EUV technology, a key product used to produce smaller and more efficient chips from the energetic point of view.
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