from Dominik Zwingmann
Nvidia will take over the chip designer ARM from Great Britain for 40 billion US dollars. The company develops blueprints for processors that are used in smartphones and tablets from Apple, Samsung, OnePlus and many other providers. Previously, ARM was owned by the Japanese SoftBank Group.

Those responsible at Nvidia announced a deal of impressive dimensions on Sunday. The graphics card manufacturer from the USA will take over the British chip designer ARM Limited for 40 billion US dollars. The SoftBank Group is responsible for sales. About four years ago, ARM was bought by the Japanese company for almost 32 billion US dollars.

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For the deal with Nvidia, SoftBank will now receive Nvidia shares with a value of 21.5 billion US dollars. ARM employees will also be given $ 1.5 billion in Nvidia shares. Once signed, $ 12 billion in cash will also be transferred to SoftBank. Should Nvidia achieve special goals in the future, the Japanese group can look forward to another 5 billion US dollars in cash or shares. SoftBank thus owns between 6.7 and 8.1 percent of Nvidia.

A deal for the future

For years, Nvidia has been known as a supplier of graphics cards in the games industry. In the past, the company's hardware was also used for machine learning or artificial intelligence. Nvidia itself is already working on systems for autonomous driving or driver assistance. ARM is responsible for the processor blueprints that are used in smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus and many more. Apple is also a customer of ARM. IPhone, iPad and soon MacBooks are part of the portfolio. Nvidia and SoftBank currently only need the approval of the antitrust authorities of the EU, USA, China and Great Britain. A duration of 18 months is expected here. After several successful quarters, the value of Nvidia has grown to 300 billion US dollars.

Source: Nvidia

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