Will NVIDIA acquire Arm by March 31, 2022?
Closed Aug 17, 2021 01:00PM UTC
Context. On September 13, 2020, U.S.-based chipmaker NVIDIA announced an agreement with SoftBank to acquire the U.K.-based Arm Limited. CNN reports that the acquisition would make NVIDIA the largest chip company in the west by market value and global reach, and might leave China more vulnerable to U.S. controls over the semiconductor industry. Arm's energy efficient chip architectures are used in 95 percent of the world's smartphones and 95 percent of the chips designed in China. CNN states that "China’s chip industry has urged Beijing to investigate the deal, warning that it will hand the U.S. control over a key technology that is used in almost all of the world’s phones."
The transaction is subject to audit in the United Kingdom, China, the European Union, and the United States. In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission's audit of the transaction is underway. NVIDIA has not yet requested approval from regulators in the European Union, the United Kingdom, or China. In China, the Ministry of Commerce or State Administration for Market Regulation cold block the deal. NVIDIA has stated that it expects the deal to be completed in 18 months.
Data and resolution details. This question resolves based on an NVIDIA press release stating that it has acquired Arm.
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NVIDIA and SoftBank Group have announced that the acquisition deal between NVIDIA and Arm Limited has been terminated due to "significant regulatory challenges." Instead SoftBank will instead pursue a public offering for Arm by March 31, 2023.
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