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Softbank reportedly asked TSMC and Qualcomm to bid for Arm

by Mark Tyson on 6 August 2020, 12:11

Tags: ARM, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), TSMC, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), Foxconn (TPE:2317), Samsung (005935.KS)

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SoftBank's sale of Arm is important not just to the Japanese company's shareholders but to the wider industry in general. Depending upon who buys the chip designer, there could be significant repercussions in the tech market.

Shortly after we first heard Arm was being put up for sale or IPO by SoftBank, it emerged that SoftBank had approached Apple and Nvidia to see if they were interested in taking the business off its hands. That Nvidia was said to be in the advanced talks stage concerning the takeover ruffled many feathers and two days ago Arm co-founder went public to assert that sale to Nvidia would be a disaster.

Earlier this week we heard that Samsung was mulling over a bid of sorts to get a piece of Arm. Insiders talked about Samsung purchasing a stake in Arm, as it has done with ASML, as part of a larger consortium of semiconductor companies which will nurture the chip design business while saving themselves some expense on licensing and royalties.

Yesterday the Nikkei Asian Review published an update to the SoftBank Arm sale saga with details of other companies approached to make bid son the business. The Japanese financial publication said that when SoftBank sounded out Apple and Nvidia it also contacted other tech giants and provided select financial data.

The new report says that SoftBank supplied the extra financial data not just to Nvidia but to TSMC, Qualcomm, and to Foxconn. This data included details of income and projections to show the potential of the investment. While Apple has pulled out, and Nvidia is in advanced talks, the likes of TSMC and Foxconn are taking things slower, and are said to be more favourable of joining a consortium, like the Samsung story highlighted.

It is mentioned that TSMC and Arm are long-time partners but TSMC made a statement to say that it doesn't have any current plans to invest in Arm.



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We should buy it back with the money we're not sending to the EU anymore ;)
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Trig;4238713']We should buy it back with the money we're not sending to the EU anymore ;)

Great idea!

Whatever happens, cut off China when it's over. No chinese company should be allowed a lic. Make it all yourselves, instead of stealing it constantly. No chips for them, no tools etc, no wafers. Sell them NOTHING semi wise, make them produce it all if they want a CPU, GPU etc. Remove them from WTO, stop trade, and bankrupt them and anyone who tries to help them again.

Enough is enough, economic war, or REAL WAR. You only need to bomb 100mil communists, and then you have a whole new country. The other 1.2-1.3B are just slaves. It isn't rocket science to stop these thieves. FIGHT BACK, for the first time in 30-40yrs. Trump 2020 or USA is over as they will go right back to giving USA away until bankrupt (heck almost there now, 30T debt coming soon).
nobodyspecial
Whatever happens, cut off China when it's over. No chinese company should be allowed a lic. Make it all yourselves, instead of stealing it constantly. No chips for them, no tools etc, no wafers. Sell them NOTHING semi wise, make them produce it all if they want a CPU, GPU etc. Remove them from WTO, stop trade, and bankrupt them and anyone who tries to help them again.

Enough is enough, economic war, or REAL WAR. You only need to bomb 100mil communists, and then you have a whole new country. The other 1.2-1.3B are just slaves. It isn't rocket science to stop these thieves. FIGHT BACK, for the first time in 30-40yrs. Trump 2020 or USA is over as they will go right back to giving USA away until bankrupt (heck almost there now, 30T debt coming soon).

Please show any evidence you may have of China stealing ARM SoC designs, instead of paying licensing fees like everybody else.
Wonder if thats one of the old accounts thats become active again since The Rona hit us all and people are now bored and looking to vent on the internet.. ;)