The war for the ownership of ARM’s intellectual property has been going on since last year. NVIDIA is trying to get permission for a full buyout, and competitors and regulators are trying to prevent this in every possible way. Hermann Hauser, co-founder of ARM, tried to speculate why everyone is so afraid of this deal.
Almost the entire smartphone market is built on the development of ARM and the set of instructions of the same name. ARM also has prospects in the computer and server market. That is why NVIDIA has been fighting for permission to acquire this company for several months now. To reassure regulators on legal issues, the American GPU maker is promising not to interfere with ARM’s original business model and is even going to build a leading AI research center in Cambridge that will remain on ARM’s balance sheet. However, negotiations between NVIDIA and regulators around the world have yet to reach consensus. And there is an explanation for this.
According to ARM co-founder Herman Hauser, NVIDIA’s recently unveiled Grace machine learning processor is proof that the company is prone to monopolizing the market if it is allowed to make a purchase. He believes that the tech giant could make the proprietary NVLink interface exclusive to its ARM processors (for connecting its own GPUs), which will create an uneven playing field in the server device market.
However, this is just the assumption of a competent specialist who is trying to judge the actions of the company and predict possible moves. Moreover, NVIDIA has not yet received the right to acquire ARM, and NVLink has existed since 2014, and it is not entirely clear how exactly it can harm the market.
Nevertheless, the rest of the players in the electronics market rather agree with the opinion of Herman Hauser and constantly express concern about the deal between ARM and NVIDIA. Google, Qualcomm, and others doubt NVIDIA will be able to compete fairly with ARM’s rich experience at hand. So far, no one can name specific reasons, but everyone has a fear of such a major deal. All the more, everyone is scared by the fact that NVIDIA has already developed, presented and is going to release its first ARM processor, even despite the difficulties with the deal.
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