Monday, October 26

ARM

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Nvidia reportedly talks about buying ARM from SoftBank

SoftBank has reportedly considered selling the British chip designer ARM. Nvidia is allegedly in "advanced talks" to buy ARM and is said to be the only company involved in concrete discussions. According to BloombergThe deal could be worth more than $ 32 billion dollars ($ 42.8 billion CAD). Almost all of the major tech companies use ARM chip designs in some way. Qualcomm and Apple use ARM for mobile chips, and Apple also plans to move its Mac computers to ARM starting this year. Microsoft also used ARM-based chips on the Surface Pro X. Even Nvidia has used ARM designs to make its Tegra mobile CPUs, which power the Nintendo Switch. The agreement between Nvidia and SoftBank could come in the coming weeks, although it has not ye...
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Apple Reportedly Held Preliminary Talks With SoftBank Over Arm Acquisition

Apple reportedly held preliminary talks with SoftBank over the prospect of bidding for its chip design branch Arm. A new report from Bloomberg explains that the two firms have had preliminary discussions, but Apple is not planning to pursue a bid in SoftBank’s chip design firm Arm. According to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman: SoftBank Group Corp. approached Apple Inc. recently to gauge the iPhone maker’s interest in bidding for chip design firm Arm Ltd., according to people familiar with the discussions. Arm’s licensing operation would not fit well with Apple’s business model, notes the report. Additionally, with Apple moving to its custom Apple Silicon for its Macs – which is built by licensing Arm’s instruction set and other intellectual property, an acquisition would largely be fa...
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SoftBank Considering Selling Chip Designer Arm: WSJ

SoftBank is reportedly considering the full or partial sale of Arm to bolster the firm’s cash reserves as part of a $41 billion USD debt reduction program. A new report from the Wall Street Journal cites “people familiar with the matter” as saying that the review is still at an early stage, and that it isn’t known how much interest there might be in Arm, which designs the vast majority of computer processor chips used in mobile devices. According to the report, SoftBank has long intended to return Arm to public markets at some stage. However, those plans could be accelerated as SoftBank is coming under pressure from the activist investor Elliott Management Corp., which has reportedly taken a $3 billion USD stake in Arm’s parent company and is agitating for changes following th...
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Apple says Thunderbolt will work with its upcoming ARM-based Macs

One of the main questions surrounding Apple’s eventual move to its own ARM-based Mac chips was how the tech giant would continue to support Intel’s Thunderbolt technology. According to The Verge, Apple is still promising it will support Intel’s Thunderbolt USB-C connectivity standard despite the fact that at least some of its upcoming Macs won’t feature Intel processors. “Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our customers enjoy the speed and flexibility it brings to every Mac. We remain committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support it in Macs with Apple silicon,” said Apple in a statement to The Verge. It’s worth noting Apple actually helped Intel develop the Thunderbo...