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NVIDIA confirms $40 billion deal to buy Arm

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Huge industry news to mention this morning! NVIDIA has confirmed they're buying Arm for $40 billion. This news comes after speculation over it for some time, which yesterday was finally announced.

Before getting wild with speculation about what will happen, NVIDIA noted a few keys points about the acquisition. Notably, they will actually keep the headquartered presence in Cambridge, UK and expand the R&D there with "establishing a world-class AI research and education center, and building an Arm/NVIDIA-powered AI supercomputer for groundbreaking research". Additionally, they will be continuing the same open-licensing model that Arm has along with "customer neutrality" and additionally they will be expanding Arm's IP licensing with some of NVIDIA's own tech.

Nothing is actually complete yet though, as these take time to go through all the proper channels. This includes regulatory approvals across the U.K., China, the European Union and the United States which they're estimating to take 18 months. See the full announcement here.

NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang also sent a letter to NVIDIA employees, which was posted officially online as well. In it, Huang mentions "Uniting NVIDIA’s AI computing with the vast reach of Arm’s CPU, we will engage the giant AI opportunity ahead and advance computing from the cloud, smartphones, PCs, self-driving cars, robotics, 5G, and IoT.".

NVIDIA were already a powerhouse, being the most popular desktop GPU brand and now they own Arm. What do you make of this news, what are you expecting to come from it? Let us know in the comments.

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Tags: Hardware, NVIDIA
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ShabbyX 16 Sep
As somebody pointed out elsewhere, at least be happy it's not bought by Apple, Intel or Qualcomm.
omer666 16 Sep
Quoting: WJMazepas
Quoting: omer666
Quoting: WJMazepas
Quoting: omer666This sucks big time, because it's going to create a new HPC hardware monopoly. Also given Nvidia's company "culture" about openness, this hardware monopoly can potentially become even worse.

Money is the only argument that prevents me from building an all-new full AMD rig and scrap both Nvidia and Intel parts for good right now.

They still have to face competition from AMD and Intel so it's not exactly a monopoly. And other companies are still going to be able to license ARM IPs.
There is competition indeed, but do they stand a chance? It is like suggesting Microsoft didn't have a monopoly in the 90's because there was Apple. HPC is already their biggest source of income right now, and with the ARM buyout, I can't think of anyone who can stop them as we speak.

How are they more likely to dominate this market that already is dominated by Intel? ARM doesnt have significant portions of the HPC market.

Nvidia does have a good share of the AI market but other comapnies are growing up a lot and some like tesla are making their own technology
They are more likely to dominate because for years now, HPC projects have been willing to get rid of x86 for many reasons, including (but not limited to) lack of parallelization capabilities, thermal efficiency, and scalability.
ARM doesn't dominate this market because it's quite a newcomer, but its progress has been tremendous.
omer666 16 Sep
Quoting: ShabbyXAs somebody pointed out elsewhere, at least be happy it's not bought by Apple, Intel or Qualcomm.
I don't understand to what extent Nvidia is any better.
Eike 16 Sep
Quoting: DedaleInteresting but i guess desperate: https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/14/arm-co-founder-starts-save-arm-campaign-to-keep-independence-amid-40b-nvidia-deal/

QuoteThis puts Britain in the invidious position that the decision about who ARM is allowed to sell to will be made in the White House and not in Downing Street,” he writes

His apparent trust in the current UK government's ability to do anything productive let alone efficient is touching.

I can imagine them doing some "This British! We keep British!" (imagine Neanderthal man here) though.
Quoting: DedaleInteresting but i guess desperate: https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/14/arm-co-founder-starts-save-arm-campaign-to-keep-independence-amid-40b-nvidia-deal/

QuoteThis puts Britain in the invidious position that the decision about who ARM is allowed to sell to will be made in the White House and not in Downing Street,” he writes

His apparent trust in the current UK government's ability to do anything productive let alone efficient is touching.
It's kind of amazing when you think about it that, stripped down, what he is saying, and it's being taken somewhat seriously for frankly solid reasons, is that being taken over by an American company could torpedo a business. Even ten years ago, can you imagine the idea that a company becoming American would be the kiss of death commercially being seriously contemplated? And yet here we are--the US picked their trade war with China and the fallout is beginning to filter down.
Cyba.Cowboy 7 days ago
Quoting: Ehvis
Quoting: x_wing
Quoting: EhvisYou'd think that Linux users, who have been on the receiving end of FUD, would be slightly more careful with what they say. Unfortunately not the first time this has been proven wrong.

So Noveau poor performance is not Nvidia fault? Facts != FUD.

No it's not. It's a consequence of NVIDIA keeping secrets

Bulldust - there is plenty of hardware out there - including niche hardware - that is just as "secret" as Nvidia's GPUs... Yet many of those, dare I say the vast majority, work just as well as they do under Microsoft Windows-based operating systems.

Yes, Nvidia being secretive about their GPUs doesn't help the situation... But it is a very small cog in a very large machine.
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