Samsung will compete with NVIDIA for the purchase of ARM
Following rumors about NVIDIA's intention to become the largest developer of mobile chips after the purchase of ARM, industry sources reported the inclusion of another major participant in the "processor race". This time we are talking about Samsung - according to network sources, the tech giant is seriously considering acquiring at least part of the British developer.
Back in 2012, Samsung acquired a 3% stake in the manufacturer of semiconductor products ASML. Then the deal cost the South Korean tech giant $642 million. The vendor's interest in ASML was not accidental: first, it is one of the world's largest manufacturers of lithographic systems, and second, ASML is the only supplier of equipment for lithography based on extreme UV rays EUV.
It seems that Samsung will follow a similar pattern this time, trying to acquire shares in ARM - the world leader in the development of mobile chip architecture. At the same time, the vendor receives a considerable profit from the sale of licenses for the use of its intellectual property to companies such as Apple, Samsung, and Qualcomm. By getting a stake in ARM, the South Korean manufacturer can significantly reduce such costs.
"Samsung Electronics is considering acquiring a small stake in ARM, which will be between 3 and 5 percent," a senior industry source told reporters on condition of anonymity.
According to analysts, the British Corporation will eventually be acquired by a consortium of several participants, because its structure is too complex. According to insider information, SoftBank is ready to sell ARM for at least $41 billion.