One of the stories that made a lot of headlines last year was the $ 40 billion purchase of ARM. An acquisition carried out by NVIDIA. However, it is news again.
Both Microsoft, Google and Qualcomm appeared before the United States authorities to investigate the agreement, and even prevent the purchase. We tell you the details.
Technology companies want to cancel the purchase of ARM
These technology companies turned to the antitrust authorities to prevent the acquisition from being completed, as they believe it damages the industry because ARM is a critical licensing provider, so this purchase puts NVIDIA in a unique position, with absolute power over the competition. , taking into account that ARM technology is used by more than 500 companies.
So they consider that there is a possibility that NVIDIA limits access to ARM technology to certain companies or puts obstacles to make the process more difficult. Recall that NVIDIA mentioned, along with the purchase confirmation, that it would maintain the ARM open license model to ensure a transparent relationship, but it does not seem to be a sufficient endorsement for technology companies.
While the transaction agreement was announced last year, NVIDIA still has to await review of the purchase by different regulators. So the tech companies, who disagree with the purchase, are asking antitrust regulators to intervene, and some of them are expressly calling for the deal to be annulled, as mentioned in Bloomberg.
It could be months of uncertainty for NVIDIA, as even if the FTC approves the transaction, it would still have to overcome China’s review and regulatory conditions. And considering the trade war between the two countries, it seems difficult for China to support the acquisition.
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